Preview: The Last Poets @ Hootananny (London; Friday 29th March 2019)
Brixton is very much a stand-out home of the musical Caribbean diaspora in London, the home of much reggae, dub and ska… and on the 29th, Brixton shall play host to perhaps the most prevalent contemporary African-American poets – The Last Poets. Hootananny, which hosts all things weird and wonderful, will see the poet collective in their current form take their Harlem-born show of social and political poems in its 51st year to South London.
There’s not a syllable these wordsmiths choose that isn’t writhe in political schisms. Just as their subject matter – mainly race and politics – holds for no boundaries, their fiery, heavy lyrics represent this. One of the most influential groups of the last century – this is an opportunity not to be missed.
The Last Poets need no introduction, yet I find myself being reintroduced to them through their album Understanding What Dub Is (released by Studio Rockers). With their origins in Harlem in the late 1960s and the early hip-hop community, their spoken-word poetry, merged with political activism, is a sound that has…