The Last Poets have been described as the godfathers of Hip-Hop and a microcosm of black America. They were an active part of the American civil rights movement (forming in the days after Malcolm X was shot). They have been writing and performing together in various formations ever since, and in recent years  have been commissioned by Apples and Snakes for UK dates at the SouthBank Centre and the Jazz Cafe.  Innumerable acts credit them as an inspiration including Q-Tip and Chuck D.

2018 sees the release of a brand new album Understand What Black Is we’re bringing them to the UK for a series of special events, for more information follow the booking links:

Tues 15 May, 7.30pm | Brighton Festival
Thurs 17 May, 7.15pm | The Last Poets in Conversation at The British Library
Fri 18 May, 7.30pm | Late at the Library: Superjam – 50 Years of Radical Words at The British Library
Sun 20 May, 5pm | Dulwich Festival
Wed 23 May, 6pm | SOAS
Sat 26 May, 8.30pm | Hay Festival
Sun 27 May, 2.30pm | BBC Verb @ Hay Festival