Gil Scot-Heron.Rest in peace. April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011.
Message for the Messenge video
Gil Scot-Heron will be sorely missed
The revolutionary author, songwriter and performance artist, Gil Scot-Heron, passed away on the 27 of May 2011 (source: Clashmusic.com). The world and the art community will miss this great mind behind such famous lines as “The revolution will not be televised” (1974) the title song to his album of the same name.
The Spoken Word artist ‘s influence in the poetry and music fraternity is evidenced by his popularity across generations. From young Rappers such as Eminem to the older members of the rap game such as Chuck D (formerly Public Enemy), tributes have been pouring in. With such a cross-generational influence, Gil Scot-Heron certainly deserves a place in the hall of fame, problem is, which one? He was a multi-talented artist. Ranging from Spoken word, song writing, singing and rapping. More importantly, for his strong conscious messages. A fine example is his spoken word piece” Message for the Messenger”.
Gil Scot-Heron grew up in an era of racial tension. He is one of the voices that stand out when it comes to issues of race and introspection from a gestalt perspective, that is, people of colour on people of colour. As signified in the video interpretation above, his music is relevant to social issues of the day he spoke about and also the present day.
Far reaching effects of the artist as poet
Back home in Zimbabwe, we initiated a poetry slam in 2005.Titled “The house of hunger poetry Slam” after a novel by one of Zimbabwe’s best poets (arguably top ranking in the world too) ,Dambudzo Marechera, Gil Scot-Heron’s poetry quickly became a favourite to those who were un-aware of him due to lack of media resources. Gil’s voice echoes the struggles faced by Zimbabwean youth albeit from a different geographical perspective.
As mentioned earlier on, Gil Scot-Heron was a multi talented and humble being. His work inspired and continues to inspire the poet and the poetry lover alike. From hip-hop to Jazz, his lyric genius is something to be inspired and educated by. The world has lost a gem, but not all is lost. We remember him through the work he left behind and thus continue to be nourished until our time comes.
Take a moment to view his work on Youtube.com and also his website, . His new album “I am new here” is definitely worth acquiring. Watch the official video below.
May his soul rest in peace as his words and music continue to inspire us.
I'm new here-Official video
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Music News: Tributes are pouring in for the late songwriter Gil Scott Heron.
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Official website for I'm New Here by Gil Scott-Heron