Benjamin Zephaniah

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Birthday
15, 1958
Birthplace
Birmingham, England
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
15, 1958 (age 60)
Birthplace
Birmingham, England

About

Rastafarian spoken-word poet who is best known for works such as Pen Rhythm, The Dread Affair: Collected Poems, and Funky Chickens. He released his internationally-acclaimed spoken-word album, Rasta, in 1982.

Before Fame

His poetry was influenced by his surroundings; he grew up in an Afro-Caribbean community in Birmingham, England. He began performing his rhythmical, spoken-word poetry at the young age of eleven.

Trivia

He appeared on The Times' 2008 list of the 50 greatest English writers of the postwar era.

Family Life

His parents were a Jamaican-born nurse and a Barbados-native postal worker. He married Amina Zephaniah in 1990; the couple divorced eleven years later.

Associated With

He was influenced by singer Bob Marley.