News: Malik Al Nasir on "The Revolution Will Be Live - A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron"
Published on 17 Aug 2015
We speak to poet Malik Al Nasir about a series of events celebrating the life and work of his friend and mentor Gil Scott-Heron. Throughout the programme Liverpool will pay tribute to Gil's poetry and music, but also his activism and role in the civil rights movement.
The headline event, "The Revolution Will Be Live – A tribute to Gil Scott-Heron", takes place at St. George’s Hall on Thursday 27th August 2015 and has been commissioned by Liverpool International Music Festival. Malik and his partner Rich McGinnis have booked a stellar line-up featuring live performances by Talib Kweli, Aswad, The Christians, Craig Charles and Malik & The O.G's featuring Cleveland Watkins and Sophia Ben-Yousef. They will be joined on the night by Nelson Mandela's grandson Ndaba Mandela and Gil's son Rumal Rackley. Tickets for the event can be purchased here: http://www.ticketarena.co.uk/events/T...
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."