MOBO award-winning hip hop artist ‘Akala’ is a label owner and social entrepreneur who fuses rap/rock/electro-punk with fierce lyrical storytelling (think Wu-Tang Clan and Aphex Twin meets Rage Against The Machine). With his latest album The Thieves Banquet, Akala once again proves himself as one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK.
Inspired by the likes of Saul Williams and Gil Scott Heron, Akala has also developed a reputation for stellar live performances, appearing at numerous UK / European and US festivals (Glastonbury, Big Chill, Wireless, V, Hove and SXSW) also partnering with the British Council promoting British arts across Africa, Vietnam (the first rapper to perform a live concert in Vietnam), New Zealand and Australia.
In 2009, Akala launched the ‘The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company’, a hotly-tipped music theatre production enterprise which has sparked worldwide media interest since its inception. Akala has also featured on numerous TV programmes across MTV, Channel 4, ITV2 and the BBC.