The younger brother of Ms Dynamite, Akala had to bide his time before truly escaping his famous sister’s shadow. In 2006 he was voted as the Best Hip Hop Act at the MOBO Awards and he has since gone on to become one of the most exciting names in the fields of both hip-hop and politics.
In his early years he showed off his penchant for creativity, and soon proclaimed himself ‘The Black Shakespeare‘ and featured prominently on BBC Radio 1Xtra. He famously wrote and performed a minute-long rap containing no fewer than 27 titles of Shakespeare plays in under half an hour. His song, Roll Wid Us was used in the British hit film, Kidulthood which showed his continued evolution in music.
His music became more political and poetic in the years that followed and his third album, Doublethink was released in 2010 featuring themes of the famed George Orwell novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Once again it was Radio 1Xtra that helped Akala to further his fame, with his performance on Charlie Sloth’s show receiving over 4 million hits on YouTube.
Over the years Akala has fronted stages at Glastonbury, V Festival, Reading, Isle of Wight and many more high profile festivals around the world. He has also enjoyed UK tours covering some of the most prestigious venues in the country.
It is not only his extraordinary musical efforts that have shifted Akala into the public eye, but also his role as a political activist and poet that has seen him establish a large and loyal following. In 2016 he showed his support for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and since then he supported Corbyn at the 2017 general election. An increasingly important and insightful speaker on British politics, race, class and British culture, Akala has a voice that seemingly knows no bounds. Regularly speaking on BBC News and in columns in major news publications such as The Independent, he has found his place as an influencer, political speaker and polymath primed for the modern day.
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