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Remembering Sekou Sundiata, Poet of Sound

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Remembering Sekou Sundiata, Poet of Sound

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Remembering Sekou Sundiata, Poet of Sound

Remembering Sekou Sundiata, Poet of Sound

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Poet Sekou Sundiata died this week at age 58; the cause was heart failure. Sundiata, who taught literature at New York City's New School University for many years, was considered one of the fathers of the spoken-word movement. He wrote the plays Blessing the Boats, The Circle Unbroken is a Hard Bop, The Mystery of Love, Udu, and the 51st (dream) state. His albums include Longstoryshort and The Blue Oneness of Dreams. We remember him with excerpts from interviews that originally aired in May 1994, April 1997, and November 2002.