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The Last Poets release remix album Understand What Dub Is and share single

Also announced this week is a new album proper from the group’s longstanding members Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan

The Last Poets have announced the release of two albums this week featuring longstanding members from their 1970s and 80s era line-up, Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan, plus percussionist Baba Donn Babatunde. One album is called Transcending Toxic Times and is out in May – Rolling Stone shared “For The Millions” from the release. and the other, out this month, is a remix album of last year's 50th anniversary record Understand What Black Is. Mixing it up is Brighton based producer Prince Fatty, who was involved in the album’s original recording.

Today they share Prince Fatty's remix of “Rain Of Terror”.

The Last Poets Understand What Dub Is is released by Studio Rockers on 29 March. They'll be playing various dates this month including Banlieu Bleues Festival in Paris (22 March), Bristol Trinity (24), Nottingham at Peggy’s Skylight Jazz (27), and Brixton Hootananny (29). They will also perform at Rotterndam's International Poetry Festival (12–15 June).

Last year saw the death of other Last Poets’ longstanding member Jalal Mansur Nuriddin.