MOBO award-winning hip hop artist ‘Akala’ is a favourite #back2blackawards speaker. He brings raw passion, vast knowledge and social relevance when he talks black history. Yet he has many more strings to his bow and his music is as close to his heart as his culture. As we [#back2blackawards] kick off UK Black History Month this October 2nd at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly London, AKALA will kick off his UK tour the following day. We wish him all the best with what is promising to be a very special 10 year celebration. Got your tickets…?

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 forthcoming 10 year anniversary tour, Akala is poised to again re-confirm himself as one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK.

In 2009 Akala founded The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company (‘THSC’) is a music theatre production company aimed at exploring the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern day rappers.  Launched with the support of British actor Sir Ian McKellen, THSC delivers bespoke education programmes offering young people a different view of the arts and ultimately, themselves. THSC also produce interactive live music events/theatre productions showcasing the work of up and coming young talent who share the stage with established artists,
poets and actors.

In 2009, THSC received a London 2012 Olympic ‘Inspire Mark’, which coincided with the first ever ‘Hip Hop Shakespeare Live’ show in the Cultural Olympiad’s Open Weekend, attracting crowds of several hundred people spanning all ages and cultural background.

Due to popular demand, The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company has since established an Artist Associate and Peer Leader programme to enhance its legacy of work with incredibly talented youth coming through THSC’s Peer Leader programme who train to become part of THSC’s growing collective of artistic talent. Artist Associates are a collective of highly talented professional artist’s who mentor and perform alongside Peer Leaders at THSC productions around the globe – previous collaborators include: Ed Sheeran, Ashley ‘Bashy’ Thomas, his elder sister Ms. Dynamite, TY, Josh Osho, Zena Edwards, Kate Tempest, Polar Bear, George The Poet, and Lady Leshurr.  Peer Leaders include young artists (rappers/singers/poets) and creatives (producers/production crew/designers) from across the UK.

To date THSC’s work has consistently proved popular with audiences of all ages around the world, having toured the UK, Europe as well as parts of South East Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India. For more information check out: