Malik Al Nasir is a Liverpool born poet, film maker and social activist. After a troubled childhood in the care system in the 70’s Malik emerged semi-literate. That all changed in 1984 after a chance meeting with Gil Scott-Heron who mentored him from the streets through University to a masters degree.
Malik Al Nasir is an activist, poet and filmmaker from Liverpool. He is a protégé of legendary spoken word activists Gil Scott-Heron and The Last Poets. The author of the book “Ordinary Guy (By Mark T. Watson – his former name) Malik published this collection of poetry in 2004, after years of mentoring by Gil Scott-Heron and as a tribute to him and The Last Poets. The film based upon his book, is called “Word-Up From Ghetto to Mecca” which premiered at Phoenix cinema in Leicester in 2011 (Black History month) and at FACT in Liverpool in 2015, followed by a series of screenings and live Q & A’s in Canada in 2015/16 as part of a series of tribute events to the late Gil Scott-Heron under the banner of “The Revolution Will Be Live!”
The poetry in the book was further developed into a debut double album “Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol.’s 1 & 2” by his band “Malik & The O.G’s Ft. Gil Scott-Heron & The Last Poets” and introduced by veteran rap star LL Cool-J. It was released in August 2015 to mark a series of tribute events to Gil Scott-Heron in Liverpool; including launching LIMF 2015 at the St Georges Hall show “The Revolution Will Be Live” with Talib Kweli, Aswad, The Christians, Craig Charles and Malik & The O.G’s.
Malik was associate producer for the film “Hustlers Convention” (Ft. Chuck D, Ice T, Immortal Technique, Melle Mel, MC Lyte, George Clinton, Nelson George, KRS One and others), that went on global cinema release in 2015, charting the legendary first album - of the same title - that spawned Hip-Hop. Malik toured the film in the UK and Canada with Jalal Nuriddin - the writer of the original album - and also assisted in the coordination of a national and international press campaign to promote both the live show (that was used in the film) and also the film itself when it was released. Malik & The O.G’s opened the show at the iconic Jazz Café for the “Hustlers Convention 40th Anniversary Live.”
Malik holds a BA Hons. (Geography and Sociology), a Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip – Applied Social Research) and a Masters degree (MA New media Production). He is a Director of publishing house Fore-Word Press Ltd. and Production company Yesternight Productions Ltd.