Rap star Akala teaches Shakespeare to class

Akala Akala sorts out his lesson plan

Students from Forest Gate Community School in east London had a lesson with a difference when rapper Akala dropped in to teach them Shakespeare set to hip-hop beats.

The workshop was organised by an English teacher at the school and led by Akala, who founded the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, which encourages children to alter their perceptions about the works of the Bard.

The pupils took part in three different sessions, each ending with a performance of a Shakespearean passage set to rap music.

Akala, who is the brother of fellow hip-hop star Ms Dynamite, has released three albums, played at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals and won a MOBO award for his work.

Student Tayjorn, who is writing an article about the class's experience, described the artist as "inspiring" and said she felt fortunate to be in the workshop.

"It taught us how essential language is, and how important it is to follow our ambitions," she added.

When asked for some advice by the students, Akala told them: "Just be yourself and study hard."

The students will be posting their report, together with some more pictures, on our website soon.

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