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Gil Scott-Heron is Not Really Dead

May 28, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron may have passed on, but he has left a body of work that has made him immortal. His soul will hopefully rest in peace, but his revolutionary message will live forever. As long as the rich exploit the poor, as long as the races focus on their differences and not their commonalities, as long as people long to be free while other seek to enslave them – which is to say, as long as people live on this planet – the voice of Gil Scott-Heron will remain relevant.

In the obit in The Daily Telegraph, it mentions that he wasn’t particularly fond of the moniker The Godfather of Rap, “which he dismissed on the ground that ‘you don’t really see inside the person. Instead, you just get a lot of posturing.’ He preferred to describe himself as ‘a bluesologist.'”

Here’s a recording of “Johannesburg” from the Village Gate in New York, broadcast on WRVR in 1976:

Gil Scott-Heron – Johannesburg (live 1976) MP3

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