Known as the craziest man on radio, Mutabaruka is a controversial Rastafarian dub poet, actor, producer, song writer, author and popular radio host who hail from Jamaica. Mutabaruka was born Allan Hope in December 1952 in Rae Town, Kingston, Jamaica. Young Alan converted from Catholicism to the Rastafari movement while still a teenager and later assumed the name Mutabaruka which comes from the Rwandan language and translates as "one who is always victorious".
Known for great poetic works such as "Dis Poem", "People's Court" and "White Man Country". Muta travels the world and performs his poems on every issue known to man. His topics include sexism, politics, discrimination, poverty, race, and especially religion. Muta uses stories and experiences to get readers to think about issues in ways that they would not normally think about them.
His outspoken statements on theology have generated much controversy in Jamaica but his following continues to increase among the youths at home and abroad. Muta describes Rastafarianism as a way of life, it's not a religion it is a "Livity". Influenced by great men such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and Emperor Haile Selasse among others, Muta is a self proclaimed Pan Africanist.
Muta has released a total of nine inspiring albums and compilations with various artists beginning with his first album entitled "Every time A Ear De Soun." in 1981. Muta has also appeared in several films including Shango and the widely popular film Sankofa. He has also appeared in and co-produced several documentaries including "Life and Debt" and "The Cost of Corruption, Jamaica's Barrier to Prosperity" and has authored two books The First Poems published in 1980 followed by The Next Poems published in 2005.
“My poems,” Mutabaruka has said, “are to show you the problems that face us in the world and then motivate you to find solutions to these problems – I don’t think I could show people how to get out of their problems with poems, but at least I could motivate actions.”
Muta can be heard on his highly rated weekly talk shows airing on Jamaica's number one radio station Irie FM: Cutting Edge airing Wednesdays from 10PM to 2AM and Steppin Razor airing Thurdays from to 2PM to 4PM. No other show in Jamaica's radio or television history has been so widely popularized on social media websites. In fact, his shows have been re-named the University of Mutabaruka by many of his dedicated followers and are uploaded weekly on You Tube. For more information on this great Jamaican artist, visit http://www.mutabaruka.com/.