It’s always been a huge regret we never caught Gil live. An enigma off stage, his live shows were especially famed for their energy, dynamism and his razor sharp wit. If you need evidence, look no further then his 13 minute long version of ‘The Bottle’, one of the most stunning live versions we’ve had the pleasure of rinsing over the years.
While Convergence won’t be able to recreate the sensation of seeing the godfather of rap in the flesh, when it’s star studded lineup meet this week at The Roundhouse, it’s a safe bet this won’t be their intention anyway. Directed by The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, the band consisting of Floating Points, Kwabs, Jamie Woon, Andreya Triana, Nadine Shah, Loyle Carner, Anna Calvi and Gwilym Gold will seek to celebrate the life of one of America’s most legendary American soul and jazz poet, musician and author and reimagine his work in the context of modern soul, funk and hip-hop. It’s a tall order but an extremely exciting prospect to see how they approach the revered back catalogue and find a new angle for his evergreen lyricism.
Pieces of a Man: The Gil Scott-Heron project is on 13th March at The Roundhouse. Grab tickest from the Convergence website.