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A CONVERSATION WITH FREEDOM: A SONG CYCLE
This is the first movement from the live performance of “Conversations with Freedom” commissioned in 2015 by cultural solutions UK for Festival80o as part of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary.(FUNDING: ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND / LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL)
MOBO and BAFTA award-winning hip-hop artist, writer, poet, historian and lecturer, Akala is a creative powerhouse in ascendance, gaining a reputation as one of the most dynamic literate talents in the world. Akala is known for fusing unique rap/rock/electro-punk sound with fierce lyrical storytelling. Inspired by the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, over the years Akala has headlined 7 UK tours.
For this project, Akala has collaborated with Prash Mistry, a London-based music producer, DJ and keys player in UK bass music group Engine-Earz. Prash has worked on original tracks with artists including Aloe Blacc, Flux Pavilion, Golden Globe winner Lisa Gerrard and Grammy award-winning John Benitez amongst others. Engine Earz’ remix credits include Basement Jaxx, Nitin Sawhney, Meshuggah, ODB, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul and DJ Shadow ft Little Dragon amongst others.
Prash produced Akala’s seminal track ‘Knowledge Is Power’ back in 2012. Akala also features on Engine-Earz new album “Symbol” forthcoming on Circus Records.
This song features guitars by Charlie Laffer and bass guitar by Eric Appapoulay