Monday, 15 March 2021

A tale of two Akeems


 On March 10,2021 a joint police-military team embarked on an intelligence-driven and targeted operation with the aim of apprehending members of the Bedward Gardens-based ‘Berry Gang’.

5 men were killed. Colin Mignoes (24yrs old), Jehlani Palmer (22 yrs old), Oniel Dixon,(24 yrs old) Tafari Dell,(22 yrs old) and Akeem McClean (20yrs old).

On the night of the operation, the Jamaica Gleaner received a call from Akeem Thomas. Akeem told the Gleaner that he feared for his life because everyone was calling him to say “the police is looking for him to kill him”. He asked to Gleaner to come to Bedward Gardens so he could come out and surrender
to the police.

This audio documentary by dj afifa features a CVM TV news clip from Akeem McClean’s partner explaining what she saw happen to him, the recording of Akeem Thomas’s conversation with the Gleaner and a Television Jamaica News report where the police explained what happened.

The documentary features music from Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari (Run OneMile) and Augustus Pablo ( Up a Warieka Hill).
Bedward Gardens was founded by African Spiritual Leader Alexander Bedward. It is located in August Town, St.Andrew Jamaica.


Friday, 30 October 2020

Soyini Forde- The Taste of Hibiscus


The Taste of Hibiscus is a chapbook by Trinidad and Tobago born writer Soyini Ayana Forde. 

This project by dj afifa features a conversation with Soyini Forde at the SO((U))L HQ in the summer of 2019. The recording features readings of 2 poems from the collection; a Hole in the Sack of Desire and Taste of Hibiscus.


Listen to the Taste of Hibiscus