American poet and musician whose political awareness led him to celebrate black culture in influential recordings.

This article titled “Gil Scott-Heron obituary” was written by Mike Power, for The Guardian on Sunday 29th May 2011 17.55 UTC

In 1970, the American poet and jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron, who has died aged 62 after returning from a trip to Europe, recorded a track that has come to be seen as a crucial forerunner of rap. To many it made him the “godfather” of the medium, though he was keener to view his song-like poetry as just another strand in the diverse world of black music.

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