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Kamau Brathwaite [Edward Brathwaite]


Photo credit: Beverly Brathwaite



The editor of PennSound's Brathwaite page is Jacob Edmond of the 
University of Otago (New Zealand).


Segue Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York City - May 1, 2004

Complete Reading (43:23): MP3

  1. Introduction (3:18): MP3
  2. Negus (4:35): MP3
  3. The Skin, part one of The Making of the Drum (1:06): MP3
  4. The Two Curved Sticks of the Drummer, part three of The Making of the Drum (0:45): MP3
  5. Gourds and Rattles, part four of The Making of the Drum (0:48): MP3
  6. The Gong-Gong, part five of The Making of the Drum (0:33) MP3
  7. Atumpan (2:06): MP3
  8. Naming (1:31): MP3
  9. Shepherd (6:36): MP3
  10. The Twist (0:41): MP3
  11. Wings of a Dove (3:51): MP3
  12. Caliban (10:06): MP3
  13. Xângo at the Summer Solstice (3:23): MP3
  14. The Twist (1:04): MP3

On Cross-Cultural Poetics Radio Show, Hosted by Leonard Shwartz

1. show number 16, Feburary 2, 2004 (59:58): MP3 RealAudio
Brathwaite talks about his new work, Caribbean poetry, and the ancient art of making it new.

2. show number 94, 2005 (59:43): MP3
Brathwaite, on the phone from Kingston, Jamaica, returns to Cross-Cultural Poetics to read from his new book Born to Slow Horses and to discuss the situation of Cowpastor, a piece of land in Barbados on which a slave burial ground is in danger of being desecrated.

Reading at New York University, December 9, 2000

Recorded by
Chris Funkhouser
  1. Introduction (3:48): MP3
  2. Son(g) to Ra for the coming of the Day of the New Moon (3:46): MP3
  3. Bliss Poem (10:07): MP3
  4. Three Things the Artists Say (19:40): MP3
  5. The SilverSands Poem (4:01): MP3
  6. The Day the First Snow Fell (3:22): MP3
  7. Calypso (10:11): MP3
  8. Beast (4:00): MP3
  • Complete Reading (59:12): MP3

"Angel/Engine"

(4:48): MP3
This poem was recorded October 19, 1997, part of a lecture/reading at the XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics Conference, University of Minnesota. Published in Ancestors (A Reinvention of Mother Poem, Sun Poem, and X/Self) (New Directions, 2001). The poem appears here courtesy of Ken Sherwood. Click here for Sherwood's commentary.

Reading at Poets House, November 18, 1993

  1. Introduction (3:53): MP3
  2. Mackey Introduction (10:33): MP3
  3. On new pathways (26:23): MP3
  4. On Shakespeare (1:47): MP3
  5. On poverty (1:35): MP3
  6. On poetry and music (3:42): MP3
  • complete recording (51:39): MP3

International Poetry Forum, Pittsburgh, February 7, 1988

International Poetry Forum, Pittsburgh, February 10, 1987

Reading at Robin's, November 9, 1982

  1. On work in relation to Caribbean (22:05): MP3
  2. The Day the First Snow Fell (2:17): MP3
  3. Judas of Barcelona (7:26): MP3
  4. On Ghana (9:52): MP3
  5. The New Ships (9:43): MP3
  6. South (7:53): MP3
  7. On rhythm (20:37): MP3
  8. A Game of Cricket (9:29): MP3
  9. The Making of the Drum (4:43): MP3
  • Complete Reading (1:33:39): MP3

Reading of "Islands," 1973

  1. Complete Reading, part one (43:05): MP3
  2. Complete Reading, part two (22:44): MP3
  3. Complete Reading, part three (21:36): MP3
  4. Reading of "Masks," Unknown Date

    • Complete Reading (58:06): MP3




    These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author © 2008 Kamau Edward Brathwaite Used with permission of Kamau Edward Brathwaite. Distributed by PennSound.