Documentary: Gil Scott Heron : The Godfather of Rap? BBC Interviews Mos Def, Chuck D on what he meant to them and Rap music.

De ware Wax Poet is dood: Gil Scott-Heron

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The poet, author and musician is credited with being one of the unsung founding fathers of rap. How much do you know about Gil Scott-Heron?
Back in the 1970’s Gil Scott-Heron pioneered hip hop with lyrics on drug abuse, politics and apartheid. He still influences artists like Kanye, Common and The Game.1Xtra’s MistaJam takes us through the highs and lows of Gil’s extraordinary life from classic songs like “The Revolution will not be Televised” and “The Bottle” to the time he spent in jail.

Mos Def, Chuck D and Ty tell us why his music and message is still relevant today and Bashy hears Gil’s music for the first time.

RARE Concert Recording : Gil Scott Heron Live in Australia 1995 (Adelaide, South Australia)

Thanks for our man our man Dave @ Dig Deeper, Check out the site for exclusive interviews with DJ Krush, Norman Jay, Gil Scott-Heron & more from his archive of  community TV show he ran in 1994/1995 called Frequency Response TV in Adelaide, South Australia.

Rare Show: Gil Scott-Heron Live in Europe 2010 – A Soul of Sydney Tribute (RIP GIL SCOTT HERON)

Check this Rare Performance of Gil Scott-Heron in Europe late 2010. It is one of the final live concerts of legendary poet, author and political commentator Gil Scott- Heron took part in.

Gil Scott Heron smiles while on stage in front...

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This is our tribute to him so his fans can remember the legacy he left us with his musical collaborations. Check out more live shows and our other tributes on our blog here or find us on facebook for more good music.

R.I.P Gil Scott-Heron (1949–2011) + GIL SCOTT TRIBUTE : Rare LIVE recording at Knitting Factory NYC 1999 Part #1 & Part #2

Gil Scott-Heron, (Born April 1, 1949 & Passed May 27, 2011).


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This part #1 of a rare live hour recording we through timely to share so your music fans can remember some of the musical legacy left by Gil Scott Heron.

Gill Scott Heron Live at Knitting Factory‘ 1999, Part #1

[tweetmeme source=”soulofsydney” only_single=false]An extended performance at the Knitting Factory in NYC late 1999.

Part one is about an 20 minutes of his own brand of social commentary / comedy before working his way into that great music he still lives through.

(Get in touch with us at facebook for a download link or

Gill Scott Heron Live at Knitting Factory‘ 1999, Part #2

[tweetmeme source=”soulofsydney” only_single=false]Here is the second part of an extended performance at the Knitting Factory in NYC we posted yesterday.

Part two of this 2.5 hour personal show for Gil Scott. A fitting way to remember the man through a live performance of the words and music  that we will all still remember him through.

(for a download link get in touch with us at facebook)


Neo-Soul: Ladi6 & Electric Wire Hustle live @ The Gaelic Club

Continuing on from their exciting summer tours including DaM-FunK, Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme, Mayer Hawthorne & The County and Roy AyersNiche Productions presents Ladi6 joining forces with Electric Wire Hustle for an Australian tour, April 2011.

Getting her start with seminal all-girl crew Sheelahroc, Ladi6 is New Zealand’s first lady of hip-hop. Releasing her debut solo album Time Is Not Much (produced by Fat Freddy’s Dro…p’s DJ Mu and later released by UK label BBE) in 2008, Ladi along with her musical partner/producer DJ Parks have been on a whirlwind advernture over the past 12 months including relocating to Berlin for sixty tour dates across Europe supporting the likes of Gil-Scott Heron, Masta Ace and Mayer Hawthorne.

Amongst all this touring, Ladi was busy working on her follow up offeringThe Liberation Of… which showcases her maturity as an artist and songwriter, gaining rave reviews all across New Zealand and now set for release in Australia in May. Since returning from Europe late last year, Ladi’s live show has expanded to feature dynamic New Zealand DJ/producer Julien Dyne as well as DJ Parks.

Fellow countrymen Electric Wire Hustle are one of New Zealand’s newest offerings, featuring a fresh combination of modern hip-hop, psychedelia and soul. Forming in 2007, they released their self titled debut album through BBE in 2010 as well as touring Europe and the US to make their mark and share their unique sound which features the unmistakable vocals of Mara TK who has been compared to Marvin Gaye.

Collaborating with the likes of Georgia Anne Muldrow, Steve Spacek and NZ Blues legend Billy TK on their album, EWH have also supported Shapeshifter, DaM-FunK, Talib Kweli and Peanut Butter Wolf whilst garnering a lot of support from BBC Radio 1 jocks Gilles Peterson and Benji B. Transfixing audiences with their live shows in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney last year, EWH return to Australia in 2011 with plans for a new album and more shows around the globe.

Ladi6 and Electric Wire Hustle, touring April 2011with special guests to be announced.

Show info:


Sydney – Gaelic Club – 16th April

Ladi6 – The Liberation Of… available online and in all good music
stores from May 2011