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Monday, 3 September 2018

The Revolution Will Be Live! - Sep' 2018.


Yesternight Productions
In Association With
City Of Liverpool College Presents…









Date: 27/9/18  
Time: 7pm 
Venue: G2, The City of Liverpool College Arts Centre, 
Myrtle Street, Liverpool. 

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GIL SCOTT-HERON PROTÉGÉ BRINGS GODFATHER OF RAP 
TRIBUTE EVENT TO LIVERPOOL

This September, The City of Liverpool College will host the 
internationally renowned showcase performance event ‘The Revolution Will Be Live!’, 
in partnership with Gil Scott-Heron's protégé Malik Al Nasir – frontman of Liverpool spoken word band Malik & The O.G's.

The event, created by Yesternight Productions, was first held at LIMF 2015, where it featured as the opening event of the festival. Initially held at St George’s Hall. it saw artists such as Talib Kweli, The Christians, Aswad and Craig Charles joining Malik & The O.G's  in paying tribute to the frontman’s late mentor, "The Godfather of Rap" - Gil Scott-Heron.

Following on from the successful launch in Liverpool, The Revolution Will Be Live! toured Canada in 2016, where Malik teamed up with another legend of the spoken word, the late Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets. 

This year’s instalment will see the group returning to UK shores to collaborate with local students from The City of Liverpool College. As part of the collaboration, the students will take part in a full day of workshops and seminars from industry experts,
 and will be challenged to produce a song in one day, which will be performed at 
The Revolution Will Be Live! event on 27th September. 





Kim Jordan Plays Gil Scott-Heron

with Ka'Ba The Soul Singer


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Kim Jordan

 @KimDJordan

Kim Jordan  former Musical Director of Gil Scott-Heron’s band ‘The Amnesia Express’  will pay homage to the legacy of Gil Scott-Heron, featuring songs from Gil's world-renowned repertoire.Kim Jordan's Reviews…

Leonard Burnett – Upscale Magazine “Amazing Show! A Beautiful Experience of Sight, Sound and Significance.” 


Regina Carter – International Jazz Violinist  “It was a Slamming first set and from the reaction of the packed room, we all needed that. Congratulations!”


Frank Malfitano  Director of the Syracuse Jazz Festival“One of the most dynamic performances and entertainers I’ve ever seen.”

Twitter: @KimDJordan

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Ka’Ba SoulSinger

@kabasoulsinger

Hailing from the American South, Ka'Ba's rich, bass/baritone voice, emits a frequency - whose vibration is drenched in the struggles, trials and triumphs of the Black experience.  From enslavement and Jim Crow, to the Civil Rights era and the hip-hop generation and beyond. 

His fusion of soul, jazz, traditional Black spirituals, blues, hip-hop, spoken word and world music, creates an aural panoply of the worldwide African experience. He has shared the stage and /or recorded with musical giants and cult underground icons such as; Amiri Baraka, Professor Griff (Public Enemy), Black Notes, Kim Jordan, (jazz keyboardist and long time band leader for Gil Scott-Heron), Precise Science, Dead Prez, The Last Poets, jazz keyboardist Weldon Irvine and more. 

His passionate, soul-drenched, humorous and energetic performances have thrilled audiences across the United States and the United Kingdom, winning praise and accolades along the way. 

He also hosts a weekly radio show, the “Afrikan Deep Thought” edition of “Jazz & Justice,” which can be heard from 3-5PM every Monday on 89.3 WPFW-FM in Washington, DC where he fuses his two loves: the various musical genres that inspire him, and social commentary and topics around culture, history and philosophy.

Twitter: @kabasoulsinger


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Malik & The O.G's Ft. Rta Carter

@MalikAndTheOGs


Malik & The O.G’s Reviews…

Raoul Juneja – NOW Magazine “Through his writing, music and live performances, Malik Al Nasir is continuing the legacy of his late mentor Gil Scott-Heron”


Glyn Akroyd – Bido Lito Magazine (Front cover article)  

“Malik delivers a beautifully lyrical performance, another verse in the extraordinary life of an ordinary guy!”

Paul Lester, The Guardian “In 1984, a chance encounter between Scott-Heron and Al Nasir, then a self-described “illiterate street kid” in Liverpool, led to him taking the 18-year-old under his wing. Today, Al Nasir boasts a master’s degree.”


Michael Edwards – UK Vibe Magazine “St George’s Hall, Liverpool provided an opportunity for Malik to put on a fabulous tribute concert in honour of the great wordsmith, who guided him throughout his formative and adult years.”

Paul Bradshaw - Beyond Chaser "Mentored by both Jalal and the late great Gil Scott-Heron, Malik brought his own poetic life experience to the event and his no nonsense delivery came wrapped in the warm, versatile vocals of Cleveland Watkiss and Chantelle Nandi."

Alan O'Hare – Liverpool ETC"These are tunes to take things back to the earth and infect you with change."


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Canada's rising star, Rita Carter

@ritacartermusic

RIta Carter Reviews…

Lynn Saxberg - Ottawa Citizen “Genocide was released on Carter’s 2009 second album, All of Me, a more fully realised follow-up to her debut EP, A Piece of Me, which was almost entirely self-made. The third instalment in the trilogy will be All of We, the one she’s working on now.”

Eric Scharf – Ottawa ShowboxRita Carter was my favourite performance while the sun was still shining." 

Alan Neal (All In A Day) CBC - Ottawa "Rita Carter's songwriting roots go back a long way, in Ottawa

Instagram: @ritacartermusic
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C-Two (Connor Cuttress)
Liverpool Grime artist who recently featured 
on BBC 1Xtra will open the show.

@TheOfficialCTwo

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This event is sponsored by 
House Hotels (Liverpool) 
Liverpool City Council (Granby Toxteth Ward) 
Yesternight Productions Ltd.
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Press:


Liverpool Enterprise Partnesrship - 2018 - Liverpool UK
The Guide Liverpool - 2018 - Liverpool UK 



Friday, 29 June 2018

Malik Al Nasir delivers seminar & recital - University of Cambridge.



Artists as Activists Seminar - University of Cambridge Nov 2017





Malik Al Nasir delivers a seminar at The University of Cambridge, as part of Cambridge Jazz Festival.



"British Guyanese poet and spoken word artist ‘Malik Al Nasir’ (Malik & The O.G’s) discusses how colonialism and slavery destroys identity and disrupts the historical transition of cultural self-awareness for the black Diaspora. Malik describes his incredible lifelong journey and how he took back his Afro-South American cultural identity, in a post-colonial world and how he is reasserting his cultural roots through arts and activism."


Malik Al Nasir
Judith E Wilson Drama Studio
Faculty of English
University of Cambridge.




Feature - Cambridge Independent - 14th Nov 2017.







Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The Revolution Will Be Live! - 2017 - Cambridge Junction (J1).



Malik & The O.G's Ft. Rita Carter.






Malik Al Nasir & Rita Carter
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Phil Marshall, Malik Al Nasir & Rita Carter
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Malik Al Nasir
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Tiago Coimbra
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Mo Nazzam
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Ebo Shakoor
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Tiago Coimbra
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Affy Green
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Phil Marshall
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Kim Jordan Plays Gil Scott-Heron.






Kim Jordan
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Kim Jordan
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Kim Jordan
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Kim Jordan, Ka'ba Soul Singer & Rita Carter
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Ka'ba Soul Singer
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Mo Nazzam
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Kim Jordan
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Jonathan Idiagbonya
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Kim Jordan
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Kim Jordan & Mo Nazzam
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Ka'ba Soul Singer
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Ebo Shakoor
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Rita Carter.












Rita Carter
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Rita Carter & Ka'ba Soul Singer



Rita Carter
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Rita Carter
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Rita Carter
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Rita Carter
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Rita Carter


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Thursday, 14 June 2018

In Memory of "The Grandfather of Rap" Jalal Nuriddin (Last Poets).


In Memory of 
The Grandfather of Rap


(aka Alafia Pudim)
(aka Lightnin' Rod)
of The Last Poets.

24/07/1944 - 05/06/2018


May he rest in power and in peace!





Jalal Nuriddin & Malik Al Nasir
during release of the film
"Hustlers Convention"
Docfest - 2015
Sheffield UK.

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I was asked by the Guardian 
to write an obituary for Jalal.

Here it is...

Farewell To The Grandfather Of Rap

by Malik Al Nasir (6th June 2018 - The Guardian).





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Jalal Nuriddin 

(The Grandfather of Rap)

a personal reflection

by Malik Al Nasir (27th June 2018 - Get Into This).





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Mike Todd (Director)
Malik Al Nasir (Associate Producer)
Jalal Nuriddin
Orphy Robinson (Musical Director)



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The Last Tour


In 2016 Jalal and Malik Al Nasir toured Canada for what would be
Jalal's last ever tour

Here are some memories of some of those special events...




Malik & Jalal 
at Carleton University
Ottawa Canada Feb 2016



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 Channel 4 News Shoot


When Hustlers Convention came out 
Malik Al Nasir produced a shoot for Channel 4 News
with producer Kate Conwy







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Some press from "The Last Tour"


Time Out Toronto 
- 2016 - Toronto Canada

Lliverpool etc, - 2016 - Liverpool UK
Now Magazine - 2016 - Toronto Canada
Mississauga News - 2016 - Mississauga Canada
Harbourfront Blog  - 2016 - Toronto Canada
The Charlatan Magazine - 2016 - Ottawa Canada