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Hip Hop, Power and Resistance

Starts: 17:00  5 December 2013
Ends:  18:30  5 December 2013



MOBO award winning hip-hop artist Kingslee ‘Akala’ Daley will be visiting Cardiff University on Thursday 5th December to give a talk on ‘Hip Hop, Power and Resistance' ahead of a performance that evening at The Moon Club to showcase his fourth studio album, ‘The Thieves Banquet’

‘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). In 2009, Akala launched the ‘The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company’, a music theatre production enterprise which has sparked worldwide media interest since its inception.  With a popular ‘TEDx’ talks on Youtubue Akala has also previously collaborated with the likes of  British actor; Sir Ian McKellen, singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, actor/musician; Colin Salmon and The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Voice Director; Cicely Berry. Akala has also featured on numerous TV programmes across Channel 4, ITV2, MTV, Sky Arts and the BBC.

5.00pm - 6.30pm
Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT

The talk is free, but booking is essential. Please register at:

‘The Thieves Banquet’ was written and co-produced by Akala and long-time producer Lavar Bullard, recorded with a full live band featuring Cassell ‘The Beatmaker’ (The Streets) on drums and Eric Appapoulay (Plan B) on bass and is inspired by the title of Ngugi wa Thiong'o’s Novel ‘The Devil On The Cross’ with cover artwork by critically acclaimed Japanese artist ‘Tokio Aoyama’.
Effortlessly fusing rap, rock and electro-punk sounds with thought-provoking lyrical storytelling, ‘The Thieves Banquet’, is arguably Akala’s most inspired work to date.  The much anticipated ‘The Thieves Banquet’ UK tour will provide the first opportunity to see Akala and his band showcase all the tracks from the album live in its entirety for the first time.

Tickets for Akala's performance at The Moon Club can be purchased from the Ents24 website


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