Back in 1971, the revered poet, musician & ‘Godfather of Rap’ released the acclaimed ‘The revolution will not be televised.’ In the grand scheme of things, our modern times have somewhat proven Mr. Scott-Heron wrong, what with nearly every news event ‘streamed’ and all. I doubt we should hold that against him, though :-). That said, heckling was alive, well and loudly vocalised during the start of his gig at the Royal Festival hall as demonstrated literally by a bunch of pro-Palestinian groupies. I don’t even know what the politics of it was all about, but something about Mr. Scott-Heron & a planned gig in Israel? Now, I’m all for protests and such, but come on!! Why with the hating yesterday night? You’d think he was a politician involved in some war crime or he was the dude who caused the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull (yeah, I’m sober & I can’t pronounce that name!) volcano. There was already a protest outside the venue asking people to boycott the evening’s performance. But you guys just had to come in and make a scene, thus disturbing it for others. I’m guessing your tactics worked, because after I’d left I found out that Gil-Scott Heron has now cancelled his trip to Israel.
As for taking pictures, let’s say it was…challenging. Not only did we have the smoke machine bellowing out it’s on version of volcanic ash, Mr Gil Scott was wearing his cap so you could barely make his eyes in the dark. But I can assure you, despite the silhouette, it’s him:
Because of the layout of the auditorium and nature of the gig, you have to decide from the onset where you plan to kneel for taking shots. There were enough of us photographers as it were for me to start going up & down disturbing the punters in the front row, so I just stuck in my position.
Yet, he kept on looking to the right!
The problem with kneeling down in one position for a long time whether you are wearing a soft volleyball knee-pad or not, is that you start to feel the aches and pains in your joints. So, at the start of the second song, I upped & awayed!
Warm up act was New Zealand poet MC Karoline Tamati aka ‘Ladi6’ with her crew:
Right, that’s it for now! Have a great week ahead! Dominus Vobiscum, pilgrims!!