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The Last Poets to open Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam

The Last Poets, subjects of Christine Otten’s biopic of the same name, have been selected as one of the opening acts for this year’s Poetry International Festival, held in Rotterdam on 13-16 June.

As it says on the festival’s website:

“As pioneers of the spoken-word genre and precursors of American hip hop, The Last Poets have been a major influence and source of inspiration for writers, rappers and musicians for half a century. The group was formed in 1968, arising out of the civil-rights movement, and released their first album in 1970. Since then, The Last Poets – in changing constellations of band members – have continued to produce music and poetry that is always topical and politically provocative. Last year, twenty years after their last album, they – founding members Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan and drummer Baba Donn Babatunde – released Understand What Black Is, a strongly reggae-influenced record that ties into the Black Lives Matter movement. Of course these spoken-word giants had to feature on the Poetry International programme on the occasion of the festival’s 50-year anniversary.”

Don’t miss your chance to see these legends perform if you’re in town!