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young antiafrika, d'bi


d'bi.young anitafrika is a queer Black feminist artist, United Nations speaker, Canadian Poet of Honor, InkTalks/TED speaker and YWCA Woman of Distinction. The internationally celebrated African-Jamaican dubpoet, dramatist, educator, director and dramaturge is also a 3 time Dora Award winning writer-performer for her epic triptych of plays The Sankofa Trilogy and The Orisha Trilogy. anitafrika's groundbreaking creative praxis - the Anitafrika Method - uses the Sorplusi Principles as an intersectional anti-oppression human development framework, which is studied and practiced globally by artists, instigators and policy-makers. d’bi is the founding Artistic Director of Watah; Canada's only professional theatre company that offers year-long tuition-free artist residencies to Black and diverse artist-instigators. She is also the founder and CEO of The Sorplusi Institute and Sorplusi Publishing, a research-based social enterprise with a micro press extension producing and publishing works by Black and diverse creators. Author of 7 plays, 6 dub albums and 5 books, d'bi has toured nationally and internationally. She is currently creating the first ever Dub Opera, tackling global environmental issues through a large-scale political musical entitled Lukumi (previously titled Bleeders), scored by her Afro-fusion-Reggae band The 333. Lukumi garnered the Summerworks NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award for it's first workshop presentation in summer 2016. Catch d'bi this season in the remount of her critically acclaimed triptych The Sankofa Trilogy featuring the plays Blood.Claat, Benu & Word! Sound! Power! exploring three generations of Jamaican womxn. Blood.Claat was nominated for 5 Dora Awards and garnered 2 of them in the categories of Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance.

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