The evolution of an EMCEE: History of hip hop with Akala

  • Start Date: October 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • End Date: October 25, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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  • Location: A30 Lecture Theatre, Arts Centre, University of Nottingham
  • Ticket Price: 0.00


History of Hip Hop – The Evolution of an Emcee – Overview of the oral traditions, musical, cultural and political movements that have contributed to the evolution of Emceeing so far.

MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer, poet and educator ‘Akala’ is a label owner and social entrepreneur who fuses his unique rap/rock/electro-punk sound with fierce lyrical storytelling. Inspired by the likes of Gil Scot-Heron and Saul Williams, over the years Akala has developed a stellar live show with his renowned drummer/award-winning music producer Cassell ‘TheBeatmaker’ (Plan B, The Streets and Keziah Jones) headlining 6 UK tours as well as touring with the likes of Jay-Z, Nas & Damian Marley, M.I.A. and Christina Aguilera to Siouxsie Sue, Damon Albarn’s ‘Africa Express’ and Richard Ashcroft, appearing at numerous UK / European and US festivals (Glastonbury, Big Chill, Wireless, V, Hove and SXSW) as well as collaborations with the British Council arts/music projects in The Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and across several countries in Africa and South-east Asia.

Free but booking is essential.

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October 24th, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Rhys Mclean


I am doing my dissertation on the history of Hip Hop and this event would be perfect research for me. The event is not fully booked, what are the chances of turning up on the day and and getting in if someone does not arrive?

October 24th, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Paula Akpan

Hi Rhys, we would still recommend securing a ticket online first as no spaces are guaranteed. Thanks, Paula

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