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Mutabaruka (b. 26 December, 1952, Rae Town, Jamaica as Allan Hope) is a Jamaican dub poet. His name comes from the Rwandan language and translates as "one who is always victorious." His 1983 release "Check It" was released on Chicago blues label Alligator Records. In 2008, Mutabaruka was featured as part of the Jamaica episode of the television program Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.


As a young man employed by Jamaican Telephone Company Ltd, he became interested in the Rastafari movement and converted from Catholicism. His outspoken statements on theology have generated controversy even among Rastafarians, and he has described Rasta as "part of a universal quest which may also be pursued by other routes, such as Hinduism or Buddhism or Christianity.


Year Title Label
1982 Live at Reggae Sunsplash Sunsplash
1983 Check It! Alligator
1983 Dub Poets Dub Heartbeat
1984 Outcry Shanachie
1986 The Mystery Unfolds Shanachie
1989 Any Which Way...Freedom Shanachie
1990 Mutabaruka Rounder
1991 Blakk Wi Blak...K...K... Shanachie
1994 Melanin Man Shanachie
1998 Gathering of the Spirits Shanachie
1998 Muta in Dub Blackheart
2002 Life Squared Heartbeat

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