On June 14, the Metropole Orchestra will open the 50th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam with a literal bang. In this theatrical kick-off, the orchestra will perform unique duets with poets, including the legendary The Last Poets, American godfathers of hip hop and spoken word. The next day, The Last Poets will give an exclusive small scale workshop.
As pioneers of the spoken-word genre and precursors of American hiphop, the Last Poets have been a major influence and source of inspiration for writers, rappers and musicians for half a century. Click here to listen.