HARVEST TIME: Anan & Ovid

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I met farmer-musicians, Anan and Ovid at the Sorauren Farmers’ Market in west-end Toronto, Canada. These guys have been collaborating on crops and compositions since 1979! Anan intimated that our peoples’ aversion to growing our own food stems from a place of disdain for our past enslavement (and maybe even shame). This comment really struck a chord in me and has me considering the ramifications of continuing to depend on others to feed us.

*MOKA International, which is a collaboration between Anan Lololi and Ovid Reid of the Toronto-based Truths and Rights reggae band and Malik Yakini and Kamaal Amen-Ra of the Detroit-based Akoben Reggae Band, recently released “Harvest Time,” a new song for the food movement. The song is available on i tunes. Half of the proceeds from sales go to support the Afri-can Food Basket in Toronto and D-Town Farm in Detroit.

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