Akala has an eminent reputation, as a renowned MOBO award winning MC on the UK hip hop scene – but also as the founder of the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company which bridges together the themes and prose of Shakespeare with hip hop in education workshops for young people.
Pushing radical politics, poetry, social awareness and activism to the fore, Akala is a modern day chronicler of the global struggle for equality. He weaves the history of Imperialism, race and poverty, immigration and social conditioning, shady politicians and the power of modern corporations. And when we talk about racism in our society we touch on everyday racism that affects those people who have arrived here to seek sanctuary.
At the heart of all this is a celebration of the intellectual history of hip hop and black revolutionary movements. The band’s instrumental arrangements enhance these multifarious explorations with styles including jazz, rock, funk, and solid beats.
Akala is not one to shy away from complex social and political questions within his narratives. His exploration of broad global problems and inequalities demonstrate that eventually these intertwine into each and every one of our lives. Akala’s depth of understanding and unravelling of misinformed tabloid rhetoric targeting immigrants and those fleeing persecution makes him the perfect headline artist for Celebrating Sanctuary London 2015.
Akala is well known for leaving his audiences with food for thought, and then some. Music and musicians affecting social change is very much alive today – and Akala is proof of this. Joining him on the bill Counterpoints Arts will present musicians from the UK Asylum Seeker/Refugee community – acts to be announced soon.
Akala’s new album is titled Knowledge is Power II and has been on release since 30th March this year.
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