ACS and Worldview are collaborating to host Akala, who is a rapper, poet, and educator, for Black History Month 2016.
Akala is one of the most prominent voices in British hip-hop over the last decade, and recently released the '10 Years of Akala' LP, a look-back over his career to date. In 2006, he was voted Best Hip Hop act at the MOBO Awards, and since then has released a string of highly-regarded hip-hop albums drawing inspiration and themes from English literature.
He has also published an epic poem called 'The Ruins Of Empires' which is a story that follows 'The Knowledge Seeker' through the course of human history, via astral travel and multiple re-incarnations, in an attempt to discover the causes of the rise and fall of empires. Inspired by the French author C.F. Volney's classic book of the same name.
Akala has given guest lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University, Cardiff University, and the International Slavery Museum, as well as a workshop on songwriting at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has also spoken at the Oxford Union.
Entry for members is free and for non-members it's £1.
This will be an event to remember so come along!