Michael St. George is a multi-media performance dub artiste whose conscious verse and fresh musical sound have earned him international industry awards and peer recognition. A native of Jamaica and inspired by his working-class upbringing, his work primarily focuses on themes of justice, social equity, inter-generational relations and current relevant issues of the day. He has been performing live and recording his music and poetry since 1990. Michael’s unique performances and workshops interweave languages and rhythm in a dynamic blend that is inspirational, thought provoking, catalytic and incite constructive conscious change.
MSG’s conscious verse and fresh musical sound have earned him international industry awards and peer recognition. Inspired by his working class upbringing in Kingston, Jamaica, MSG’s work is dedicated to justice and social equity. As a second-generation dub poet, he’s continued to remain true to the ideals of the form. His message is thought provoking, positive, spiritual and seeks to incite constructive conscious change. His uncompromising, syncopated, hard-driving baselines and melodic forms are infused with reggae, ska, rhythm & blues, and jazz influences. Fight Your Fears or Die, released in 2014, is his newest album.
No stranger to forging cooperative creations, MSG has shared stages and studio across the globe with such icons as Oku Onuora, The Last Poets, Culture, Burning Spear, Brinsley Ford, Lillian Allen, Luciano, Thomas Mapfumo, Mutabaruka, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Dennis Bovell and the International Dub Band, Toots and the Maytals, Benjy Myaz, and Boukman Eksperyans. He has also done collaborative work with prominent musicians and producers including Paul Kastic, Dalton Brownie, Orville “Wyz” Malcolm, Iauwata Selassie, Pam Hall, Ifield Paco Joseph, Amara Kante, Muthadi Thomas and Kassa Alexander.
The MSG was awarded the Ontario Federation of Labour Art and Culture Award for outstanding contribution to his field. He was later nominated in the world music category of theToronto Independent Music Award and the Urban Music Awards for his album Dubbin De Vibes, exploring socio-political themes about humanity and the current state of the world in which we live. His work has been selected for the documentary Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language with the renowned Noam Chomsky and others.
In 2006 Brock University became home to the MSG’s exciting theatre course, Drama Education in Society Dub Style, combining non-western approaches with traditional theatre. The MSG’s fire for the arts, social justice, and collaboration led to the establishment of the Turn Around Project (TAP). The not-for-profit organization creates and maintains integrated arts projects, which promote reciprocal exchange in order to impact and strengthen communities. Having worked with hundreds of youth in Jamaica, Canada, Japan, and India, TAP encourages all to find their identity as artists, educators, and leaders.
The MSG’s brings his unique philosophy to his role as an artiste, educator and playwright, creating “Domestic Science Dub” and “In Absence of the Father” two theatre pieces addressing family, community and intergenerational relationships. His album Root 2 Fruit, a ground breaking production in his field, explores common themes. Self Assession Plus, his first full length album is more introspective.
MSG and a fine lineup of artists continue to record new work in his specially-crafted sound studio, Fullstride Sounds Studio located in Hamilton, Ontatio, Canada. He’ll be in a city near you in the near future. Link us on FB, sign up to the mailing list for updates and get your copy of the newest album here.