Words Weekend 2019
The Revolution Will Be Live: A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron
We celebrate the life and times of Gil Scott-Heron, in the company of his friends and former bandmate – Rod Youngs. ‘The Revolution Will Be Live!’ is the critically acclaimed, festival-headlining show, lovingly put together by Gil’s protégé spoken word artist and activist Malik Al Nasir.
His band – Malik & The O.G’s – will open the show with a Gil-inspired spoken word set, based upon the poetic works that Malik developed under Gil’s direct mentorship over 27 years. Malik was blessed to have Gil record one of Malik’s songs “Black & Blue” which featured on Malik & The O.G’s debut album “Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol.’s 1 & 2″ in 2015, along with featured artists LL Cool-J and The Last Poets.
Malik’s set will be followed by Floridian Jazz vocalist Ka’Ba The Soul Singer, who will be performing a celebrated set of Gil Scott-Heron’s finest works, with a full live band including Gil’s drummer – Rod Youngs – from his awesome touring band The Amnesia Express.
A Native of Washington, D.C. Rod’s consummate musicianship has garnered him a wide variety of work from concerts to recording sessions for radio, TV and film. He has performed/recorded with a formidable array of artists including, Lee Konitz, Jon Hendricks, Gil Scott-Heron, Hugh Masekela, Natalie Cole, Mica Paris, Denys Baptiste, Abdullah Ibrahim, Julian Joseph, Courtney Pine, Ronnie Laws, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, and David Murray amongst others and he can be found on several of Gil’s greatest works including; Spirits, Minister of Information and Tales of The Amnesia Express.
Gil Scott-Heron was one of the most prolific and iconic musical figures of the 20th and 21st century’s and was renowned as a ‘Bluesologist,” “The Godfather of Rap,” a Jazz poet, musician, author and teacher. Gil’s lyrical content, addressed the social and political issues of the time, with tracks like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and “The Bottle” which connected to the hearts of millions of people, both in America and worldwide
Start time: 8pm
Venue: Sage Two
As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.
Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.
We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members, some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces. Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]