The 70th anniversary of the 5th Pan African Congress, 1945 was commemorated in Manchester in a three-day conference from 16-18 October 2015, where Akala gave a totally thought-provoking final presentation on Sunday 18th. More info at http://firstcutmedia.com/pac45/ .
AKALA: the BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer/poet and historian ‘Akala’ is a label owner and social entrepreneur who fuses unique rap/rock/electro-punk sound with fierce lyrical storytelling. Inspired by the likes of Saul Williams and Gil Scot-Heron, over the years Akala has developed a stellar live show; headlining 6 UK tours as well as touring with the likes of Jay-Z, Nas & Damian Marley, M.I.A. and many more. Akala is more recently known for his compelling lectures/seminars, journalism, TV presenting and script-writing talents and has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK. Akala has also featured on numerous TV programmes promoting his music, poetry as well as speaking on wide-ranging subjects from music, youth engagement, British / African-Caribbean culture and the arts as a whole. In 2009, Akala launched the ‘The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company’, a music theatre production company which has sparked worldwide media interest since its inception.