Across the UK, October celebrates Black history Month engaging audiences with a broad range of activities honouring the achievements of African People worldwide. This year, the CARAF Centre is proud to present a dynamic talk delivered by BAFTA & MOBO award-winning artiste AKALA on Thursday 27th October 2016 at WAC Arts, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP. Since his critically acclaimed debut album 'It's Not A Rumour', Akala (aka Kingslee Daley), has been heralded as 'one of the very few UK spokespeople for credible hop hop' (Time Out). 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, Naz, Christina Aguilera, Damien Marley and M.I.A.
When not wearing his hat as Akala the rapper, 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.
October 2016, sees the return of his former BME supplementary school housed at the CARAF Centre (The Mandela School) with his bespoke talk based on 'The History of African People in the British Isles'. Akala's Oxford Union talk has now gone viral, delivered 'wittily and attractively'. Aklal's address is a type of homecoming for the Mandela Supplementary School and the CARAF Centre welcomes home one of the most successful artists coming from its wings.