This is a very beautiful interview with the late Gil Scott-Heron who passed away on May 27th, 2011. His work touched me deeply as a young writer and I had the chance of seeing him later on in his career, just over a decade ago in Toronto. His work spans an important era, one which many of us are only able to read about to fully relate and understand the type of courage and character it took to write as one who is truly socially-engaged. I am sure he's being welcomed with joy by the ancestors — and to my fellow writers, he has now become an ancestor of ours. It goes without saying that being on the receiving end of the richness of his work has been an amazing gift and pleasure in my lifetime.
Video produced by and copyright of Jamie Byng.
Originally published on the Guardian's Web site May 28th, 2011.