OLS Presents - Akala + Special Guests Live hip hop & Grime in Exeter - 18+
To celebrate 10 years since the release of Akala’s critically acclaimed debut album
It’s Not A Rumour, Illa State Records, Akala’s very own independent home record
label, are proud to announce they will be releasing a triple vinyl of selected tracks
from each of his six albums chosen especially by his supporters. This special edition
album will be also available for download in digital format.
10 Years of Akala gives one pause for thought – here is an artist that had it in him to
keep his fierce independence when it was not fashionable, has performed in over 30
countries, released 6 albums, two books, presented the seminal Life of Rhyme for
Channel 4, founded The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company and has been a tireless
voice for education and social justice in the UK and all over the world.
Akala does so much it can be easy to forget that first and foremost he is an amazing
musician. This anniversary release reminds us of that and the growth of a talent that
has toured the UK and globally, all whilst being largely ignored by mainstream radio
for the past decade. Last year alone, Akala headlined 4 sold out shows in London (2
at the Jazz Café, Rich Mix and Village Underground) addressed the Oxford Union and
released part 2 of Knowledge is Power. His live show is 90 minutes of relentless tracks,
backed by intense and stunning visuals, live drums, a DJ and with no need for a
‘hype man’. 2016’s upcoming tour in October promises to be his biggest yet, with a
London show at Koko, UK, US, European and Australian dates also to be announced.
Fresh from an East Africa mini tour (Addis, Khartoum & Juba) Akala is ready to take on
the world again in 2016.
After just dropping his legendary 4th Fire In The Booth and with appearances on BBC2 & the RSC’s Shakespeare 400th birthday celebrations collaborating with Nitin Sawney and a reggae documentary on BBC4 to be broadcast in October, 2016 will continue to be a year of solid progress and groundbreaking, pathmaking vision from this artistic polymath.
Team Sweez (90 mins)
DJ Xone Ranger