Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band
UK-based, Trinidadian-born Anthony Joseph is a poet, preacher-soothsayer, novelist, wizard of sound and sense and academic; the author of three collections of poetry and a novel, The African Origins of UFOs. He grew up on an island full of troubadours, oral legends and carnival convulsions before making his mark on London’s ‘black rock’ spoken word scenes. His distinctive Creole-based style is a retro-futurist black Diaspora soundtrack that melds congo punk and voodoo funk, esoteric jazz, calypso, soca and rock. The syncretic approach of he and his freethinking band – whose name is derived from the spasms triggered by spiritual Baptist chants - sets stages ablaze.