MOBO award winning hip-hop artist Akala announces a one-off headline show at XOYO on 3rd of June to celebrate the release of his forthcoming fourth studio album, 'The Thieves Banquet', out on 27th May via Illa State Records.
Since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album 'It's Not A Rumour' in 2005, Akala, (aka Kingslee Daley), has become one of Britain's most revered and respected MCs. Offering an alternative to braggadocio and bling in Hip Hop, Akala has been heralded as 'one of the very few UK spokespeople for credible hip hop' (Time Out), while his music has been perennially lauded for being 'Impassioned and articulate' (Q). Moreover his reputation for stellar live performances has seen him grace stages across the globe, (from Brazil to Vietnam to Australia), and support a variety of artists including Jay Z, Nas, Damien Marley and M.I.A with his fiercely loyal fans renowned for travelling cross-country to catch his live show.
When not wearing his hat as Akala the rapper, writer, musician and producer, Kingslee Daley is busy running not only his independently founded and funded label Illa State Records, but also The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company, a music theatre production company offering education programmes, live music events and music theatre productions for young people. All of which has led to Kingslee collaborating with Arts Council England, the British Council and National Youth Theatre, regularly featuring on BBC 2's Newsnight Review, presenting Documentaries for Channel 4 and also counts the London 2012 Olympics, Sky Arts and the BBC as previous clients.
Written and co-produced by Akala and recorded with a full live band featuring Cassell 'The Beatmaker' (The Streets) on drums and Eric Appapoulay (Plan B) on bass, forthcoming album 'The Thieves Banquet' is inspired by the title of Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Novel 'The Devil On The Cross'. 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 one-off show at XOYO on 3rd June will provide the first opportunity to see Akala and his band showcase all the tracks from the forthcoming album 'The Thieves Banquet' live for the first time.