AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Obituaries

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Gil Scott Heron

Gil Scott Heron, who rejected the tag as the original hip hop artist, died on Friday afternoon. He had fallen ill while on tour.  This video, which gives a good overview of Scott-Heron’s life, is from a 2009 BBC Newsnight feature.  Part 2 is below.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Zim Ngqawana

Zim Ngqawana (b. 1959), a key member of the second generation of South African jazz musicians, a student of Darius Brubeck, Yusuf Lateef, Max Roach and Archie Shepp and a major influence on the next generation of...