Boy What a Saga!
Antonio Michael Downing’s story is a true tale for the Diaspora. By Stephen Weir If you have pigged out on poulourie , studied from Nelson’s West Indian Reader or had a rumbo yell at you walking home from school, then Antonio Michael Downing’s Saga Boy, My Life Of Blackness And Becoming will soon deeply speak to you. This Saga Boy is a local musician, writer, and activist and his wild ride autobiography is set to loudly drop early next month. Saga Boy is the real deal that takes readers from Trinidad’s Monkey Town to the wilds of Northern Ontario and finally to fame and fortune here in the Six. Don’t recognize the name? Maybe you know him as Mic Dainjah, Molasses or have caught him on stage playing cutting edge music under the name John Orpheus. “ Throughout the years, I would give myself many names,” writes Downing in the new book. “They called me Tony in Trinidad, Michael in the gleaming boardrooms of corporate Canada, Mic Dainjah when I toured England with my rock ’n’