Comedy Tragedy History
'Comedy Tragedy History' is the second release from Akala's 2nd album 'Freedom Lasso', and is out on April 7th through Illa State records. True to form, Akala spits furious lyrics set against a relentless electro sample from Baxter Baxter's 'Straylight', with an orgy of genre defying demonic beats straddling everything from drum'n'bass to nu-rave, delectably seasoned with a live string quartet and live drums, whilst playing homage to literary genius Shakespeare.
The track began life last year when Akala was challenged live on air on BBC 1Xtra's Twin B show to come up with an impromptu freestyle making use of 27 Shakespeare play titles. Having risen to the challenge with a classic freestyle enjoying numerous rewinds, including requests on Ras Kwame's Radio 1 show, Akala was encouraged by his producer Rez to expand the theme into a song, which became 'Comedy Tragedy History', a master-class of lyrical dexterity, flipping quotes from Shakespeare into a modern context. "To be honest, it wasn't that hard, you'd be surprised how much of our everyday language is made up from Shakespeare - ' the shirt off my back', 'method in his madness' the list is endless, Shakespeare wasn't just an amazing playwright - his insight into humanity was so crazy that he's affected language 400 in his future!" - Akala
To date, Akala's CV has been pretty impressive. He won 2006's MOBO Award for best hip hop act with his debut album 'It's Not A Rumour' beating Kanye West and Busta Rhymes amongst others. He has rocked live spots on Radio 1, and toured with artists as diverse as Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera and Richard Ashcroft. At the same time, he has tirelessly taken his acclaimed live show not only across the country but as far afield as Vietnam (where he performed the first ever hip hop show in the country's history), and Nigeria at the behest of the British Council.
AKALA 2008 Live Dates:
Friday, March 07, Leeds, The Faversham
Saturday, March 08, Manchester, Manchester Club Academy
Sunday, March 09, Birmingham, Academy 2
Tuesday, March 11, Santa Monica, CA, The Temple Bar
Wednesday 12 - Sunday March 16, SXSW, venues tbc
Wednesday 19, Brooklyn, NY, Studio B
Friday, March 28, Hertford, Marquee
Saturday, March 29, Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Tuesday, April 01, Oxford, Oxford Academy
Wednesday, April 02, London, Islington Carling Academy
Friday, April 04, Bedford, Esquires
Saturday, April 05, Southampton, The Joiners
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