Interview | Akala: “Revolution is inevitable”

In an exclusive interview, Akala, one of the UK's most respected Hip Hop artists talks to Ceasefire's Adam Elliott-Cooper and Usayd Younis about race, history and philosophy, with exclusive video performances from his latest material.

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Akala: The Ceasefire Interview

Akala: The Ceasefire Interview (Photo: Usayd Younis)

Hip Hop’s Shakespeare, Akala, is often regarded as one of the most lyrically sophisticated, innovative and politically radical Hip Hop artists in the UK. His songs address a range of issues, including racism, imperialism, inequality and the corporatisation of culture, and as a result, rarely receives the airplay on mainstream media outlets that his immense talents deserve.

Akala runs the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, in which he engages young people in appreciating literature. Its aim is to boost their intellectual confidence and understanding. Akala is also a commentator on social issues, and is known for his wide historical erudition and the deeply philosophical vision of his work.

Akala is a regular on SBTV in addition to his more well known songs such as Shakespeare and Yours and My Children.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Akala at the National Union of Students’ Black Students’ Conference, where we discussed race, history, philosophy, and much more. We also caught exclusive acapella performances of Fire in the Booth Part 1 and 2.

Akala: The Interview

Akala – Fire in the Booth Part 1 (Acapella)

Akala – Fire in the Booth Part 2 (Acapella)

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Usayd Younis

Usayd Younis is Ceasefire Digital Editor. He is a filmmaker and co-director of 'Generation Revolution', a feature-length documentary film about young black and brown activists in London. You can find his website at usayd.com. He tweets at @usayd

Adam Elliott-Cooper

Adam Elliott-Cooper, a writer and activist, is Associate Editor of Ceasefire and a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. His column on race politics appears twice a month. He tweets at @adamec87.

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Dec 31, 2013 10:05

[…] For those who missed it, please make sure you check out the first part of our interview. […]

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