We caught up with Akala after the performance of ‘Richard II’ at Bristol’s Thekla (1st October 2013) to find out more about The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company.
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#105: 'Richard II' by The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company (featuring Akala) @ Thekla, Bristol - 1st October 2013
Tackling the performance of a Shakespearean text is never an easy task, but when you're aiming to reinvent such a work musically, you run the risk of biting off more than you can chew. Spearheaded by intellectual rapper Akala, the ‘Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company’ (THSC) has attempted to conquer such a feat, reworking the dramatic narrative of Richard II to a format suited for live music.
#104: 'Richard II' by The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company (featuring Akala) @ Thekla, Bristol - 1st October 2013
Here are our photos from the brilliant performance of 'Richard II' by The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company at Thekla in Bristol. There will be more content from the evening coming soon!
More information and tickets for their current national tour can be found here - http://www.hiphopshakespeare.com/
Akala delivers his third 'Fire In The Booth' performance, which proves every bit as awe-inspiring as the previous two (watch them HERE on TheSpeakersCorner.co.uk). Drawing upon a fascinating range of topics whilst demonstrating a phenomenal mastery of language and flow, this forms another evolutionary step in the progress of his medium.
Once again, Akala pushes the boundaries of conscious content and skilled delivery.
Much like his 'F64', the content of Akala's 'Fire in the Booth' performance provokes a great deal of thought, whilst being delivered with pinpoint execution over the course of its blazing flow.
An incredible 'F64' that raises the benchmark for rap; Akala's flow, intensity and content are all superb.
Replacing the worthless, 'adolescent' bravado of your average, "I'm in the club popping Champagne!" rapping with a cry for youths to invest their energy into reading and to pursue knowledge as a means of bettering themselves, this was a brave step away from the pack. Long may it continue.