Akala is a passionate believer in the power of the written and spoken word and committed to educating and entertaining young people so that they fulfill their potential.
MOBO award-winning hip hop artist Akala is a label owner and social entrepreneur who fuses rap/rock/electro-punk with fierce lyrical storytelling. With Akala's latest record, The Thieves Banquet, Akala has proven 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 with his drummer Cassell 'TheBeatmaker' headlining 5 UK tours and touring with everyone from Jay-Z, Nas & Damian Marley, M.I.A. and Christina Aguilera to Siouxsie Sue and Richard Ashcroft, 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 music theatre production enterprise which offers young people a different view of the arts and ultimately themselves.