Broadcasted by PBS (US), BET on Jazz (US) and Channel 4 (UK)
One of the most influential figures in rap music, Gil Scott-Heron's aggressive, no-nonsense street poetry inspired a legion of intelligent rappers. Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Robert Mugge, Black Wax
is a fascinating 79-minute portrait of Scott-Heron performing at the Wax Museum nightclub, D.C. in 1982, interspersed between scenes of him discussing political ironies as he wanders past national monuments and ghetto neighbourhoods in Washington.
The poet, vocalist, and songwriter Gil Scott-Heron is both the descendant of the African griots and the forefather of rap. In the early '70s, he boldly proclaimed that "the revolution will not be televised," and in the '80s he warned us of the "New...