Mello Ayo is a poet and spoken word artist. Born in Jamaica, he currently lives in Toronto. Mello has published a poetry collection called Love Rhapsodies and Blues and released the album Water Carrier, which is based on After Dark: The Anatomy of a People’s Struggle. When listening and reading Mello’s words, one can’t help being carried away by his charisma, intelligence and the transformative power of his authentic voice. Mello writes with a respect for history while trying to understand how we can find hope in the future.

With smooth grace, Mello is an unflinching artist, poignantly using the language of poetry to skillfully relate narratives of engagement and conflict and the sometimes devisive consequences that arise from the collision of diverse wordviews.

In this fascinating conversation, Mello discusses with Paul how he developed his distinctive perspective on the world, the importance of history and how he evolved – and continues to evolve – his gift of communicating through poetry. This episode is not to be missed.

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