Show Stream are proud to bring you this exclusive intimate show. Streamed live from London’s Laylow club on the 19th May 2018.
This show was streamed from an exclusive event hosted as part of The Last Poets 50th anniversary. Umar Bin Hassan, Adiodun Oyewole and their band play tracks from the latest album ‘Understand What Black Is’.
This live performance features special unique story telling and words of wisdom from the poets themselves.
Since the initial line-up of Dahveed Nelson, Gylan Kain and Felipe Luciano formed in East Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, The Last Poets have produced under various guises over the subsequent years. However, it was their seminal output, namely 1970’s ‘The Last Poets’ under both Umar bin Hassan and Abiodun Oyewole that secured their legacy, becoming one of the most important influences in early hip hop.
Throughout the last 20 years, the band have remained largely on hiatus. But their influence could still be felt with their tracks being sampled by The Notorious B.I.G, NWA, A Tribe Called Quest, Dr.Dre and Snoop Dogg. Umar has recorded various solo albums and featured on Common and Kanye West’s Grammy Nominated ‘The Corner’. Abiodun appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s album, Stolen Moments which was named “Album of the Year” by Time. He also conducts weekly open house poetry readings, where he constructively critiques upcoming poets, helping to nurture them. He has also conducted classes at Columbia University, where he teaches creative writing.
The inauguration of Donald Trump as US President in 2016 inspired Hassan and Oyewole to resurrect the group to create a brand new record, modern and edgy, and deeply relevant and reflective of our times.