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Written by Shivanee Ramlochan for Caribbean Beat on Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A lyrical convocation of reggae, roots healing, the history of Half Way Tree, of duppies and fearsome body-swapping, of dangerous youthmen and deliberate revolution, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread samples archives, remixes gold standard tracks you’ve heard sung before, and offers up something enviable: a new way to say Jamaica. It is a novel that roars, much like one of the ancestresses in its pages, who proclaims “Rastawoman! I dwell betwixt and between and no evil shall overcome she-lion; yu see me? I hold my neck proud and balance Jah-Jah ark on top I&I head.”

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