Linton Kwesi Johnson (conceived 24 August 1952), otherwise called LKJ, is a Jamaican name artist and dissident who has been situated in the United Kingdom starting around 1963. In 2002 he turned into the second living artist, and the main dark writer, to be distributed in the Penguin Modern Classics series. His presentation verse includes the recitation of his own refrain in Jamaican patois over name reggae, generally written as a team with eminent British reggae maker/craftsman Dennis Bovell.
Johnson proceeded to read up for a degree in humanism at Goldsmiths College in New Cross, London, graduating in 1973. Talking in a 2018 meeting about his beginning as an artist, he said: “I started to compose section, since I preferred it, but since it was an approach to communicating the resentment, the energy of the young people of my age as far as our battle against racial abuse. Verse was a social weapon in the dark freedom battle, so that is the way it started. During the ahead of schedule to mid-1970s he was utilized as the main paid library assets and schooling official at the Keskidee Center, where his sonnet Voices of the residing and the dead was arranged, created by Jamaica writer Lindsay Barrett, with music by the reggae bunch Rasta Love. Johnson has reviewed: “it was awesome, you know, having composed something and having it organized with entertainers and performers. That was back in 1973 preceding I had a sonnet distributed anyplace. That was before anybody had known about Linton Kwesi Johnson.”
Johnson composed for New Musical Express, Melody Maker, and Black Music during the 1970s and keeping in mind that chipping away at an independent reason for Virgin Records during this period he composed accounts for reggae craftsmen on the name, just as sleeve notes and duplicate for adverts.