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Gil Scott-Heron: the man who changed music

By Byron Orme  

Gil Scott-Heron passed away on Saturday, but he leaves profound musical and political legacy

So much of the music we listen to today would be unrecognisable without the influence of poet, rapper, author and soul singer Gil Scott-Heron, who passed away this weekend. His passing was all the more sad as Gil had just forced himself back into the public consciousness with I’m New Here, an album that drew admiration from all sides.

It is difficult to do justice to, or to trace exactly how much rap…

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