Saturday, January 17, 2009

In Support Of The Spoken Word 10/30/98

There are members of my generation who will remember the Last Poets and their particular blend of progressive poetry accented by percussion. Amazingly, more then 35 years later, the Last Poets continue to spread their message. Today, there are any number of both groups and individuals who use the format to express their points of view. In this video we play our instruments in support of a group of young poets who are fighting for better living conditions in their homeland of Indonesia. Kali Ramirez, Victor Montanez, Adrian Garcia and myself are in attendance.


Bongos not Bombs said...

What a great post. I do a similar thing over here in San Francisco. I play a conga or bongos behind poets all over town. I was actually just thinking of doing some recordings with my rumba friends and my poet friends, so this video was very educational as well as enjoyable.
Was that Willie on the quinto? An excellent quinto player whoever it was, excellent phrasing and dynamics.

Sentimiento Manana said...

Geordie, thanks for checking in. Yes that was none other than Willie "El Ruso" on quinto.