History of the MC with Akala

From the griots of West Africa, to the Mississippi Delta blues, to Jamaican toasting, to the block parties of the New York Bronx, the story of the emcee and modern hip hop is as much about creativity and lyricism as it is about black cultural history, political turmoil, immigration and social commentary.

As an accomplished lyricist, journalist, poet and author, British artist Akala is seasoned in deploying language both as a creative act, and as analysis and reflection on the world we live in. And as a lecturer, educator and expert on black history, few are better placed to discuss both the critical importance of emceeing, and the rich history from which its culture descends.

In this talk, Akala will offer a window into the oral traditions, musical, cultural and political movements that have contributed to the evolution of emceeing to date.