Motown’s Black Forum Label Reissues ‘Black Spirits Festival Of New Black Poets In America’

The album features contributions from Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), The Original Last Poets, Stanley Crouch, Norman Jordan and more.

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Artwork: UMG

Motown imprint Black Forum has released the reissue of Black Spirits Festival Of New Black Poets In America, a collection of spoken word performances originally recorded at Harlem, New York’s iconic Apollo Theater.

Black Spirits Festival Of New Black Poets In America features contributions from Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), The Original Last Poets, Stanley Crouch, Norman Jordan and more. The 28-track spoken word project features six poems from Kali Grosvenor and more contributions from David Henderson, Larry Neal, Amus Moore and Clarence Major, among others.

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The collection was produced by Woodie King Jr., who also worked on Imamu Amiri Baraka’s 1972 album It’s Nation Time – African Visionary Music, which was also released through Black Forum.

Stream or purchase Black Spirits Festival Of New Black Poets In America. View the official tracklisting below.

Black Spirits Festival Of New Black Poets In America official tracklist:

1. Introduction – Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
2. Circles – Kali Grosvenor
3. Black Is – Kali Grosvenor
4. N—-r, Do You – Kali Grosvenor
5. This Little Light Of Mine – Kali Grosvenor
6. Ladybird – Kali Grosvenor
7. What’s Happening To The Heroes – Kali Grosvenor
8. A Folk Fable For My People – Johari Amini
9. Kitchen Chair Poem #5 – Clarence Major
10. Boppin – David Henderson
11. The Poet The Dreamer – Norman Jordan
12. Popsicle Cold – Norman Jordan
13. One-Eyed Critics – Norman Jordan
14. Brothers – Norman Jordan
15. The Struggle Must Go On – Norman Jordan
16. Clairvoyance – Norman Jordan
17. One For All – Norman Jordan
18. Mind And Soul After Dark – Norman Jordan
19. Allah – Norman Jordan
20. Above Karma – Norman Jordan
21. Notes From A Guerilla Diary – Askia Muhammad Touré
22. And See Her Image In The River – The Original Last Poets
23. Song Of The Ditta, Part II – The Original Last Poets
24. Pimp’s Last Mack: A Death Request – Stanley Crouch
25. One Thousand Nine Hundred & Sixty Eight Winners – Jackie Earley
26. Hip Men – Amus Moore
27. Holy Days – Larry Neal
28. A History Poem – Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)

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