The Watah School
a week-long exploration of trans-disciplinary works of art
The Mikey Smith Festival is named in honor of the brilliant, dynamic and political Jamaican dub poet Michael Smith. Michael Smith (September 14, 1954 – August 17, 1983), usually referred to as Mikey Smith, was a working-class Jamaican dub poet. In 1978, he represented Jamaica at the 11th World Festival of Youth and Students in Cuba. His album Mi Cyaan Believe It includes his best known poem of the same name. He had left-anarchist leanings and Rastafarian sympathies. Smith was allegedly murdered by political opponents associated with the right-wing Jamaica Labour Party after heckling the Jamaican Minister of Culture at a political rally on August 17, 1983.