Poet and songwriter who released eleven studio albums between 1970 and 2006, including The Singer and the Song and the spoken word album Monument.
He remained an atheist while receiving his education at the Catholic school St. Benedict's School.
He wrote "(Something Inside) So Strong" after watching a white soldier shoot black children on a made-for-television film in South Africa.
He and his four siblings were raised by his British mother and Nigerian father.
Michael Ball covered "(Something Inside) So Strong" in 1996 and his version hit #40 in England.