American rapper and poet Saul Williams headlines The Last Word Festival with a night of spoken word, with work drawn from album MartyrLoserKing .
MartyrLoserKing has just tagged his screen name onto the White House lawn via remote drone. He’s working from a remote waste camp in Burundi, Central Africa, neighboring the more well known Rwanda, with equipment scrapped together from our old Dell PC towers and Sidekick IIs. Homeland Security, the NSA and the CIA are tracing his signal back to a place that isn’t on the map or on the grid and the alert level rises when he hacks NASA just to show he can do it.
Written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, and New Orleans and New York, Martyr Loser King is a multimedia project that engages the digital dialogue between the 1st and 3rd worlds, with influences from Beyoncé, Fredo Santana and Haitian field recordings.
Williams has gained global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, having performed in over 30 countries and at places including the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has also gone on to record with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg, as well as countless film and television appearances.
The rest of the line up for The Last Word Festival will be announced in the new year.