Malachi Smith

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Malachi Smith is a Jamaican dub poet.[1]


Malachi Smith was born in Westmoreland, and grew up in Clarendon, St. Elizabeth and St. Catherine, staying with various family members.[2] The son of a preacher, Malachi 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] Malachi is currently working on his new CD project Hail to Jamaica. This collection will feature most of his award winning poems about Jamaica. Malachi 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 2010-11-03
  2. ^ a b Murphy, Xavier (2007) "Interview With Jamaican Dub Poet Malachi Smith",, 23 February 2007, retrieved 2010-11-03
  3. ^ a b "'Kumina King' Poetic Tribute to the late Professor Nettleford", South Florida Caribbean News, 14 April 2010, retrieved 2010-11-03
  4. ^ "Entertainment Update: Malachi Smith's new work", Jamaica Gleaner, retrieved 2010-11-03
  5. ^ a b "Police Officer and Caribbean Writer Malachi Smith and His Brother Taurus Alphanso New Albums/CDs Release Party September 6th, 2008",, 11 August 2008, retrieved 2010-11-03