(photo credit: Adam Turner)
Called “the black Bob Dylan,” African-American poet, musician and author Gil Scott-Heron will be making his performing debut in Israel on May 25 at Tel Aviv’s Barby club.
Rising to prominence in the 1970s with a fusion of spoken word, jazz, blues and soul focusing social and political issues, the 62-year-old Scott-Heron’s proto-rap style was a forerunner of the hip hop revolution.
In addition to galvanizing a generation of young black Americans with
albums like The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Scott-Heron also reached a mainstream audience, performing the
anti-nuclear “We Almost Lost Detroit” at the 1979 No Nukes concert in
New York with Bruce Springsteen and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Scott-Heron’s career has been sidetracked for many years due to drug
addiction and prison sentences, but he’s pushing forward with a new
album, I’m New Here
, and hoping to recapture some of
the energy that made him such a visionary artist.