Earlier in the month Ayanna Witter Johnson packed out The Jazz Cafe for a headline show. The good people at We Play Music Live who were promoting event captured her anthem “Rise Up” which as well as featuring her superb band but also had HGC (House Gospel Choir) off stage as there wasn’t enough space for them all (they didn’t need mics to make their presence felt mind) and the awesome lyricist that is Akala. They helped to make this a pretty special and epic performance.
I have so much time for this lady she is doing incredible things with her music and performances and is inspiration to all. Keep on inspiring!
A special event to celebrate the 20 Anniversary of Camden’s Family day. The event will feature projects from young people in the boroughs of Camden and Lambeth who have been working with Anthony Anaxagorou and Floetic Lara. Whilst there will be headline performances from Akala and NY. Should be a great evening and its for free!
Last week we posted footage from Akala’s London show at the end of the year. During the show he put the immense lyricist Lowkey out of retirement for a couple of numbers to drive the crowd into a frenzy. The cameras captured the full performance of the anthem “Terrorist” where Lowkey once again shows why he in certain circles he is a lyrical genius. Its a shame he decided to hang up the mic. I still feel the UK puts far too much emphasis on lesser MC and those who aren’t nearly as articulate and on point as the Lowkey’s of this world. Here’s hoping that the crowd reaction and the feeling on the stage that evening will inspire Lowkey to create more anthems like this one. The world definitely needs it.
Footage from the London leg of Akala’s UK Tour at the tail end of last year. Akala lyrics combined with the power of the full band is something else adding so much more to his lyrics and performance. The energy is incredible and judging from the crowd they added to that too. All the screams and cheers can only make you think that the atmosphere in the place must have been electric and historic. Appearances from Josh Osho and emergence of Lowkey also added to the show and performance.
Akala continues to be a shining light and example to all rappers out there speaking sense, releasing his material on his own, creating his tribe, performing with a full band and taking his music around the country. Big Look! Watching this makes me wish i had been there and when he next tours again i fully intend to get a ticket!!! Salute Akala.
Today Ty dropped his new EP “Kick, Snare and An Idea”. Three tracks of lyrical genius and brilliant production. I don’t think there is a standout track on there all 3 are of a very high standards which after all his years in the game is very much to be expected. This is just part 1 can’t wait to hear part 2 get your hands on this nowhere.
First F64 of 2012 and it is SERIOUS. Akala as always delivers bars of seriousness and realities you gonna need to listen to it a couple times to get it all in very BIG! My words won’t do it justice just listen.