Get two dynamic artists, add a serious band and a microphone, and put them in a room full of folks. Have them present poems, rhymes and songs about personal woes, community challenges, life’s beautiful moments and the universal wonders found in the modern age. Then wrap it in the legendary work of the ascended masters Gil Scott-Heron and Oscar Brown, Jr. while adding original works crafted as next steps in the timeline. What you will have is not just a tribute show, but a live mixtape. Experience a performance unlike many you’ve seen before.
Curated by Dasan Ahanu and Tai Allen, The Originals bridges the past with the now, the work of the ascended masters Gil Scott-Heron and Oscar Brown, Jr. Add new works crafted as next steps in the timeline.
Both Ahanu and Allen are experienced performers, published poets and award-winning musicians in their own right. Allen has headlined such venues as the historic Apollo Café and BamCafé, while Ahanu has been featured on TV One's Verses & Flow and NPR. As life-long educators and honored mentors, they both actively work to celebrate the rich legacy of these masters who came before them, as well as empower artists emerging after them.