"In Who I am, I am enough. In how I am, I am content. In what I have, I am satisfied. I am at peace"
d'bi.young anitafrika is a queer Black feminist artist, United Nations speaker, Canadian Poet of Honor, InkTalks/TED speaker and YWCA Woman of Distinction. The internationally celebrated African-Jamaican dubpoet, dramatist, educator, director and dramaturge is also a 3 time Dora Award winning writer-performer for her epic triptych of plays The Sankofa Trilogy and The Orisha Trilogy. anitafrika's groundbreaking creative praxis - the Anitafrika Method - uses the Sorplusi Principles as an intersectional anti-oppression human development framework, which is studied and practiced globally by artists, instigators and policy-makers. d’bi is the founding Artistic Director of Watah; Canada's only professional theatre company that offers year-long tuition-free artist residencies to Black and diverse artist-instigators. She is also the founder and CEO of The Sorplusi Institute and Sorplusi Publishing, a research-based social enterprise with a micro press extension producing works by Black and diverse creators.
Author of 7 plays, 6 dub albums and 5 books, d'bi has toured nationally and internationally. She is currently creating the first ever DubOpera, tackling global environmental issues through a large-scale political musical entitled Lukumi (previously titled Bleeders and recently funded by Canada Council through the New Chapters Grant), scored by her Afro-fusion-Reggae band The 333. Lukumi garnered the Summerworks NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award for it's first workshop presentation in summer 2016. Catch d'bi along with a stellar cast and the 333 Band, this fall in the world premiere of Lukumi: A DubOpera.
'I own nothing. the world owes me nothing and I too shall pass.'