Mark T. Watson

Malik Al Nasir (formerly Mark T. Watson) is a British author and performance poet, born in Liverpool, England in 1966 to a Welsh mother and a Guyanese father. He grew up partly with his family in Liverpool and after the paralysis of his father, he was taken into local authority care. He successfully sued the government for neglect, racism and physical abuse whilst in their care and received a public apology from Liverpool's Lord Mayor.

Malik is the band leader of Malik & the OG's.

Malik is the author of the book BBC Radio Merseyside article & interview) and contains 33 poems along with illustrations and explanatory prose.

Malik also featured in a documentary film about his poetry along with tribute to the late Gil Scott Heron.

Malik also wrote and produced two albums of his poetry and songs, Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol. 1 & 2, featuring Gil Scott Heron, The Last Poets, LL Cool J, Stanley Clarke, Swiss Chris, Rod Youngs, Larry McDonald, Shaza and Ms Marie. The albums were recorded at Sarm Studios in Readding, and wyclef Jean's Platinum Sound Recording Studios in New York. Mixed by Serge Tsai and mastered by Chris Gherringer at Sterling Sound New York.

Malik is currently researching the life of [1]

In 2006 Malik co-founded Dubai-based production company MediaCPR and its record label MCPR Music. Conceptually MediaCPR wanted to develop clean content in mainstream music that could entertain listeners without being offensive or explicit. In this context, Malik along with a team of music producers pioneered a new genre of music which they called "Drum Fusion". The idea was to unite traditional rhythms with contemporary song arrangements and apply positive lyrical content to produce a new style of music which could be applied to any genre. The drum fusion formula involves developing a full organic sound composition derived exclusively from the use of drum, percussion, the human voice and natural sounds such as wind, rain, running water etc. The first album to hit the streets using the drum fusion formulae is that of Jamacan master percussionist Larry McDonald Bongo Herman.

In 2010, Malik Al Nasir graduated with an MA in New Media Production from Ancestory is probably the first interactive multimedia family tree builder, with social network integration.

Malik also holds a BA Hon's. In Geography & Soiology from Liverpool Hope University and a PgDip in Applied Social Research from The University of Liverpool.

Upon news of the death of his mentor [4] and is planning a series of tribute events in Liverpool in honor of Gil Scott Heron for 2012.

Malik is a social commentator and has periodically participated in news items on issues relating to refugees, social exclusion, Liverpool Echo

Bibliography

Radio Appearances

  • "Outlook - http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p00hdpwv/ - 'The man whose life was transformed by legendary musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron"
  • "Radio http://archive.wbai.org/files/mp3/wbai_110602_190035eatcrossr.mp3 - 'Radio interview Malik Al Nasir, Bilal Sunni Ali and Tommy Abney with Umar Ben Hassan of The Last Poets'
  • "Saturday Live Al Jarreau and Brian Ball with Clare Balding- live from Centre court at Wimbledon'
  • "Roger Phillips Show The Last Poets

Filmography

  • "[5]
  • "Africa" - "Malik & the OG's" featuring [6] directed by Mitchel Stuart for MCPR Music
  • "[8]

Discography

  • Drumquestra by Larry McDonald 2009 for MCPR Music. Tracks "Crime or Music"Bob Andy Marivaldo Dos Santos and JD Smoothe.
  • Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol 1. By Malik & the OG's Written and produced by Malik Al Nasir. Ft. Gil Scott Heron, LL Cool J, Ms Marie Labropoulos and Bobby Rodell Davies a.k.a Shaza. 2010
  • Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol 2. By Malik & the OG's Written and produced by Malik Al Nasir. Co Produced by Swiss Chris, Ft. Larry McDonald, Stanley Clarke, The Last Poets and Bobby Rodell Davies. 2010
  • Urban Griot by Raw UnLtd. Ft. Hard City Klick HCK - Unreleased. Trakcs such as Multi-Media were co-wrote by Malik Al Nasir. Malik was also the executive producer of the album. The producer was Lloyd Masset. The album was recorded at Hookend Recording Studios in Oxfordshire and mixed by Andy Grassi at Wyclef Jeans Platinum Sound Recording Studios in NYC.

Collaboration albums

Year Album Label Artist
2009 Drumquestra MCPR Music Larry McDonald
Year Album Label Artist
2008 Urban Griot MCPR Music Unreleased Raw UnLtd

Discography

Year Album Label Artist
2008 Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol 1. Unreleased MCPR Music Malik & The OG's Ft. Gil Scott Heron
Year Album Label Artist
2008 Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol 2. Unreleased MCPR Music Malik & The OG's Ft. The Last Poets

References

External links

  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jun/19/gil-scott-heron-saved-me
  • http://www.fore-word.com/OGmoreinfo.htm
  • http://www.gedboy.com/watson.html
  • http://www.hqproductions.net/
  • http://www.myspace.com/larrymcdonald1
  • http://www.reverbnation.com/larrymcdonald?popup_render=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.reverbnation.com%2Fcontroller%2Ffan_reach%2Fopt_in%2Fartist_334346%3Feid%3D1983114_18261988%26fid%3D18261988%26fsc%3Da7b597907de
  • http://www.amazon.com/Drumquestra/dp/B0026EGAO8
  • http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2001/11/14/teenage-victim-of-race-attack-100252-11424334/
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14460503
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0128fkc
  • http://archive.wbai.org/files/mp3/wbai_110602_190035eatcrossr.mp3
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p00hdpwv/
  • http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2011/07/09/flashback-how-meeting-gil-scott-heron-in-riot-hit-toxteth-changed-my-life-100252-29020826/
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/content/articles/2004/12/02/ordinaryguy_feature.shtml
  • http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/08/2011811122931660627.html
  • http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/events/major-events/black-history-season-2011/diary/
  • http://ancestory.me.uk/about
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