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US musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron dies at 62

(April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011)

A poet and a citizen of the black ghetto, a rebel and philosopher, the first ancestor of hip-hop. author of the text and the slogan «The Revolution Will Not Be Televised» died in a New York hospital at age 62.

Legendary musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, who was behind the formation of musical style rap, and  considered the founder of this musical genre, has died in New York at age 62, according to Reuters.


He died Friday in a New York hospital. His illness is not reported, it is known that the musician fell ill after a recent return from Europe.

Scott-Heron was born in 1949 in Chicago, he began his musical career in 1970. In his discography of more than 30 albums and numerous hits. The last album “I’m New Here”, was released in 2010. For creativity fans and colleagues called him “godfather of rap”, which made an important contribution to the development of American hip-hop.

In addition to his musical activities, Gil Scott-Heron was considered the voice of African-American activist, critic of apartheid and the use of nuclear energy.

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Gil Scott-Heron ‘Godfather of Rap’ Dies at 62



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