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Gil Scott-Heron, ‘Godfather of Rap’, dies at 62

NEW YORK (AFP) – The legendary US musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, known as the “Godfather of Rap,” has died in New York at the age of 62, his recording company announced. The musician, best known for his song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, died Friday at a New…

Uzbek rappers to turn more humane, patriotic: official

TASHKENT — Rap music in Uzbekistan should not be called ‘evil and satanic’, part of Western culture, although rappers should include “love for the homeland” in their songs, an Uzbek official said Tuesday. A documentary entitled “Melody and Calamity” shown on state TV earlier this year “incorrectly interpreted the role…

Comedians shocked by Julian Assange cameo appearance in ‘Rap News’

The creators of Australian Internet hit “Rap News” on Wednesday said they were still “pinching themselves” after controversial and reclusive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a cameo role. University researcher Giordano Nanni and English teacher Hugo Farrant, whose political satire set to hip hop has achieved cult status on…

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