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Karen Gibson Roc


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This Brooklyn-based (by way of Jamaica and Canada) poet and musician is a musical chameleon (she calls herself a “poetist” or poetic vocalist), she combines elements of rap, downtown-diva poetry slamming, and an urgent backing band called Fluid (both for the easy flow of the grooves and the tendency of musicians to come and go). Producers from East and West Coast America, Germany and Japan have contributed some truly nice beats for her that range from jazzy to soulful, with a rock edge that the hip-hop pioneers used to such great advantage. She has been touring live for 9 years by now – and you can hear that in the amazingly relaxed, organic sounds of her beautiful music.

A reviewer of one of her live performances once came to the conclusion that Gibson Roc must have something to do with the preservation of the universe. She has been compared to Gil Scott-Heron, although she is not political, as Scott-Heron was. She is a sloganeer as he was, but in a more personal mode. Neither depressing nor conflict-oriented, her lyrics are impassioned love songs to black heritage, femininity and art. In sweet images she is writing blueprints for Noah’s next arc, and reattaching leaves to trees. Being creative is intensely important to her, and by extension to the rest of the world.

After her 2003 debut album „5 & 2 Fish“, and giving birth to her daughter Jolie Lulu in 2006, she now blesses the world with her sophomore effort „Touching The Soul“. Here, she tells us her story in the aptly titled song „Herstory“.


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