Gil Scott-Heron’s Memorial Featured a Kanye West Performance

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Musician Gil Scott-Heron performs during day one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2010 in Indio, California. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gil Scott-Heron Photo: Anna Webber/2010 Getty Images

About 300 friends and family paid tribute to Gil Scott-Heron yesterday at Harlem's Riverside Church. Speakers included his daughter Gia, who read her original poem "Time" and sang Bette Midler's "The Rose"; his first wife, Brenda Sykes, who told the story of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar introducing the two of them; and, in a surprise but appropriate appearance, Kanye West, who ended the ceremony with "Lost in the World." [NYDN]