by Daniel Brown
Article published on the 2009-01-09 Latest update 2009-01-09 14:44 TU
Abiodun Oyewole, Jalal Nuriddin and Omar Bin Hassan were clearly moved and shaken by Claude Santiago’s documentary. It features the founders of this iconoclastic band as they travel through half a century of musical and political upheaval for African Americans in the US.
“I wanted the Last Poets to identify with this film,” said a beaming Santiago after the projection. “They inspired me 30 years ago with their humanity, so it was the least I could do to return the favour.”
Their lyrics influenced generations of wordsmiths across the world. One critic wrote that the Last Poets’ politically charged raps, taut rhythms and engagement to their community “almost single-handedly laid the groundwork to the emergence of hip-hop.”
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