Malachi Smith (poet)

Malachi Smith is a Jamaican dub poet.[1]


Malachi Smith was born in Jamaica in the parish of Westmoreland, and grew up in Clarendon, St. Elizabeth and St. Catherine, staying with various family members.[2] The son of a preacher, Smith began writing poetry at the age of eight,[3] and recorded his first poem, Kimbo to Kimbo, in 1979. His other CDs are Blacker the Berry - The Sweeter The Cherry,[4] Throw Two Punch (1998), Middle Passage and Luv Dub Fever.[5] He is currently working on a new CD project Hail to Jamaica, a collection that will feature most of his award-winning poems about Jamaica. Smith won the 2009 most outstanding writer award for the Jamaica Development Commission's Creative Writing Competition.[3]

A retired member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at the rank of detective corporal, Malachi is based in Miami.[2][5]


  1. ^ Johnson, Linton Kwesi (2005), "Cutting edge of dub", The Guardian, 27 August 2005, Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b Murphy, Xavier (2007) "Interview With Jamaican Dub Poet Malachi Smith",, 23 February 2007, Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b "'Kumina King' Poetic Tribute to the late Professor Nettleford" Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine", South Florida Caribbean News, 14 April 2010, Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Entertainment Update: Malachi Smith's new work", Archived 12 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Jamaica Gleaner, Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Police Officer and Caribbean Writer Malachi Smith and His Brother Taurus Alphanso New Albums/CDs Release Party September 6th, 2008" Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine",, 11 August 2008, Retrieved 3 November 2010.