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Lukumi: A Dub Opera by d'bi.young anitafrika

The Watah Theatre


LUKUMI: A Dub Opera

by d'bi.young anitafrika

Lukumi: A Dub Opera The Orisha Trilogy Pt 3 formerly entitled Bleeders, is Afrofuturistic Dub Opera set in a postapocalyptic Toronto in 2167, 150 years after WWIII and 100 years after the Period of Explosions which saw the widespread mysterious destruction of nuclear plants globally. The Lukumi must go on a vision quest, eight layers to the centre of the earth, to find humanity's redemption.

Opera: a play in which the words are sung to musical accompaniment

Dub Opera: a play in which the words are sung to Afro-Dub-Fusion musical accompaniment

Thurs - Sat Sept 22-23 - Previews

Tues Sept 26 - Opening Night

Wed - Sat Sept 27-Oct 14 - Shows

Tues - Sat 8:00pm Wed 1:30pm pwyc Sat 2:30pm

Special Show Sat Sept 30 7:30pm

Nuit Blanche Nathan Phillips Square




librettist/performer - d'bi.young anitafrika

dramaturge/director - Eugene Williams

musical director/co-composer/conductor - Waleed Abdulhamid

music notator - Suba Sankaran

choreographer - L'Antoinette Stines

stage manager - Kathleen Jones

production manager - Samson Brown

set/costume design - Rachel Forbes

lighting design - Michelle Ramsay

producer - Brett Haynes

executive producer - d'bi.young anitafrika


Uche Ama

Aisha Bentham

Savannah Clark

Sedina Fiati

Daniel Ellis

Najla Nubyanluv

Sashoya Shoya Oya

Julene Robinson

d'bi.young anitafrika

d'bi.young anitafrika Bio:

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 Sorplusi Method - an intersectional anti-oppression human development framework, which is studied and practiced globally by artists, instigators and policy-makers. dbi 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 Anitafrika Retreat Centre and Sorplusi Publishing, a research-based social enterprise with a micro press extension producing and publishing works by Black and diverse creators. Author of 7 plays, 7 dub albums and 5 books, d'bi has toured nationally and internationally. She is currently creating the first ever Dub Opera, 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 this season, along with a stellar cast, in the world premiere of Lukumi.

Connect: @thewatahtheatre @LukumiDubOpera


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Lukumi: A Dub Opera by d'bi.young anitafrika

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