Welcome to "Talking Drum Dialogues" (formerly, "Backstreet D'jeli's Blog" and, currently, the website for William "Duke" Smither, Author of "Backroads to 'Bethlehem': Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior...")

BOOK DETAILS: Softcover/ Novel | 6 x 9 in | 450 pages | ISBN 9781458221612 E-Book | 450 pages | ISBN 9781458221605 (Publisher: Abbott Press, 2018), available on-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A "free preview" of the book is also available via this site's "Navigation" section (refer to MENU icon, page upper left). It's a 17th Century narrative about the waning days of a militaristic, fugitive slave village in Brazil and the spiraling Maroon Wars, in Jamaica. (Blog-related postings for this website are still available below) Thank you for visiting!

    by William “Duke” Smither ***Note:  Preview text below concerns troops preparing for a “Holy War,” as observed by “Phasael,” a Maroon Spy  (passage from novel, “BACKROADS TO ‘BETHLEHEM’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade”).        Chapter Four (Porto Calvo Rendezvous):  January 6, 1694…   […]

By William “Duke” Smither “Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.”   — Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian Djembefola, 1927-2003, Grammy award-winning, master-drummer, percussionist)   Talking Drums African musicians say that […]

works   “Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” Richard Wright (1908-1960; Mississippi-born Writer, Novelist, Poet)     The journey in writing “Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior” has been so much longer than the writing process itself– perhaps, as far back […]

“…The death of a thing is not the end; it’s merely a new beginning. But, it’s the backroads in life that are often the most fruitful and divine!”  (From “Backroads to Bethlehem….” 2018 Debut Novel by William “Duke” Smither, Release Date Pending)   ABOUT THE BOOK: “BACKROADS TO BETHLEHEM…” (Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior…) is […]