"Se wo were fi na wo san kofa a yenki."
Kevan “Scruffmouth” Cameron is a Canadian-Jamaican poet, performer, scribe and co-editor of The Great Black North. A cultural diplomat and creative director of Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective, this former professional athlete and soccer coach has produced and facilitated poetry festivals (Hogan’s Alley Poetry Festival in Vancouver), events (Pan African Slam/Pan American Slam), concerts and workshops (Scruffmouth Spoken Wordshop) along with chapbooks, cds, and “graphic dub poetry” presentations. In 2015, he met internationally renowned Jamaican dub poet Yasus Afari and moderated a panel called Speak the Change! Spoken Word & Social Activism at the South North Griots Summit in Toronto. Yasus Afari’s principle of “honourable subversion and diplomatic stick-up” struck a chord with Scruffmouth and has helped to administer the Canadian Invasion. For more about Scruffmouth and The Great Black North, please visit:
My poetic philosophy is formed from the first generation fusion of dub poetry, hip-hop lyricism and spoken word artistry seasoned with Maroon heritage in the great white north. Bass meant there was a basement party keeping my bed bumping with the classics my father would play: funk, soul, ska, rocksteady and a whole heap load a reggae. Treble was upstairs practicing piano or impersonating Miss Lou. Scruffmouth is of these two; the sword and shield on the coat of arms. I am an indigenous poet of African descent; otherwise known as the Asiatic Blackman. Knowledge of the word is an aptitude I share with my earthstrong kin such as Big Boi and Langston Hughes. I am the focused force of nature presenting the old school and the new. This dubbish ilosophy blended with a landmark initative to co-edit a national anthology of Contemporary African Canadian Poetry entitled:
The Great Black North (2013, Frontenac House Poetry)
Mi din de Akembe Yao Apreko Kadmon, named by my mother Kevan Anthony Cameron, named by my brothers Scruffmouth, endowed with the gift of script both ancient and recent for the exhuming of a nation.
"It is not taboo to remember what you forgot."