Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. He is the founder of Up From The Roots entertainment, which was established in 1994 to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. Morgan’s hard work and persistence were recognized in 1998 when he received both the African Canadian Achievement Award for Youth Achievement, and the prestigious Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. Since his first release in 1995 (Straight From The Roots), Morgan has self published two chapbooks, and three full volumes of his work.
Morgan’s live album, The Evolution (2000) received the 2001 inaugural Canadian Urban Music Award for Best Spoken Word Recording. Soul Searching (2003) took home the same award in 2003. In 2005 “Mother I Understand” (A Decade in the Making) received the Canadian Urban Music Award for Best Spoken Word Recording. He has shared the stage with many of Canada’s top artists including Glenn Lewis, Maestro, Kardinal Offishal, Choclair, Jully Black, K-OS, Nelly Furtado, and Saukrates, while also opening for international artist Alicia Keys, Mutabaruka, Ursula Rucker, Saul Williams, Les Nubians, Christian McBride, and author Colin Channer.
Morgan’s most recent book, The Making of A Man (2005), is his fifth book released through Up From The Roots. The Making of A Man follows on the heels of The Man Behind The Mic, Long Overdue, and chapbooks, The Revolution Starts Within, and Straight From The Roots. As a producer, Morgan has produced over 100 events, including When Brothers Speak, When Sisters Speak, and the Toronto International Poetry Slam. Morgan is also a motivational speaker who currently hosts Diasporic Music on CKLN 88.1 FM, and an advice columnist in the free daily paper, 24 Hours (Sun Media). Morgan collaborated with Driftwood Studios to film Three Knocks, a ten-minute film based on his domestic violence poem of the same name, which was premiered in Toronto’s Reel World Film Festival.