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a dub aria

ahdri zhina mandiela

Playwrights Canada Press

“It’s musical and moving storytelling” —The Globe and Mail


“Mandiela’s writing [is] lyrical and imagistic, with internal rhymes and rich language”—NOW Magazine

“It's loving, warm and emotional”—Toronto Star


In this lyrical masterpiece, four cousins reunite in Jamaica to mourn the passing of their grandmother and to celebrate the times they shared together. There’s vilma, an up-and-coming politician; kris, a celebrity chef; tyetye, who’s incarcerated; and likklebit, who’s immigrated to Canada. As the cousins reminisce about the woman who had such a strong role in rearing them, they uncover their troubles and begin to fulfill grannie’s last task: to bring them back in tune with themselves.


ahdri zhina mandiela is the founder and artistic director of b current, and the driving force behind the much buzzed about rock.paper.sistaz festival. Best known for her work as a dub-poet, ahdri has gained worldwide acclaim for her books, music recordings, and theatre and dance productions. In 2006, she was awarded the George Luscombe Award for mentorship in theatre, and was named the number one theatre artist by NOW Magazine. adhri lives in Toronto.

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