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Durham County Library Presents Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron and Oscar Brown, Jr.

Program: Dasan Ahanu and Tai Allen present The Originals: Gil Scott-Heron and Oscar Brown, Jr.
Date: Sunday, Aug. 23
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Dasan Ahanu and Tai Allen for a performance of The Originals: Gil Scott-Heron and Oscar Brown at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

The Originals is both a tribute show and workshop. The program focuses on the works and lives of Scott-Heron and Brown by showcasing their poetry and music. Scott-Heron was a soul and jazz poet, musician and author, primarily known for his work as a spoken word performer. Brown was a singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist and actor. Both contributed to the development of conscious rap music, acid jazz, neo-soul and spoken word/performance poetry in America.

Ahanu is one of the founders of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT), where he is a writer, director, producer and cast member. He is also the founder of the Jambalaya Soul Slam and coach of Durham, NC’s Bull City Slam Team (BCST), which competes regionally and nationally. He is a resident artist at the Hayti Heritage Center and an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Sacrificial Poets, a youth spoken word organization. Ahanu has been chosen as the 2015–2016 recipient of the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship at Harvard University.

Allen is a poet who sings over music he has produced. His poetry has been published in Bomb and African Voices, and his music has been reviewed by publications including SoulTracks, Uptown Magazine and CentricTV. In 2010, Allen’s album Easy Readin’ was awarded “Album of The Year” by the National Poetry Awards. He is a member of the National Black Writers Conference Steering Committee and has also served as the conference’s Poetry Cafe host.

This program is presented by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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