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Akala
Birth name Kingslee James Daley
Also known as Akala, Black Shakespeare
Born December 1983 in Crawley
Origin Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Genres British hip hop
Electro
Alternative
Rock
Labels Illa State Records
Associated acts Ms Dynamite
Website http://www.akalamusic.com

Akala (real name Kingslee Daley), born December 1983, is a British rap and electro/rock/alternative artist from the Kentish Town / Queen's Crescent area of Camden, North-West London. He is the younger brother of the singer Ms. Dynamite.

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Early life

He was formerly a football player with Wimbledon F.C. and West Ham United's youth team, playing as a defender. He has appeared on Soccer Am and was asked a question by Tubes.

Akala took his Maths GCSE one year early. At the age of 18 Akala opened up a Jamaican restaurant in Ayia Napa.

Musical career

His recent music has seen airplay on various radio stations and music channels including MTV, BBC Radio 1, Channel U TV, Choice FM, Kiss 100 and BBC 1Xtra. He is of Jamaican and Scottish descent and talks about the many issues in the black community in his music. His stage name is a Buddhist term meaning "immovable". One of his first major appearances was with his sister (Ms Dynamite) at the Live 8 festival in London, July 2005. First unsigned UK rapper to have a music video, "War" to air on MTV. He released his first album, It's Not a Rumour on 1 May 2006. In September 2006, he won a Mobo Award for best hip-hop artist. Controversy surrounded this award, as Akala beat chart-topping artists like 50 Cent and The Game.[1]

Akala was the support artist on the UK leg of Jay Z's numerous sold-out arena tours and Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics Tour in November 2006. In December 2006 he also supported DJ Shadow in Brixton's Carling Academy. He has also had the opportunity (a first for a UK rapper) to support Richard Ashcroft at his summer 2006 Manchester Cricket Ground concert. He has collaborated with a number of Grime artists such as Jammer, Baby Blue, Earz, Bashy and many others.

On 15 June 2007, Akala had a brief interview on Sky News concerning young black people.

In summer 2009 he worked with BBC Blast, touring the country and working with youngsters. His workshops focus on the similarity between William Shakespeare and current hip hop artists. He is a founder of the hip hop shakespeare company and is working with BBC Blast on a hip hop shakespeare competition

His latest mixtape 'The War Mixtape Vol. 2' was released on 22 September 2008.

His recording debut was on his sister, Ms. Dynamite's first CD "A little deeper". On a bonus track called "Stand up, get up".

Akala is currently writing his latest album "Doublethink" due for release in the first quarter of 2010. A preview single "XXL" was released on 1 December 2009 on http://www.akalamusic.com

Awards

MOBO Awards 2006 - Best Hip-Hop Artist - WON

Discography

Albums

Album Information
It's Not A Rumour
  • Released: 1 May 2006
  • Singles: "Roll Wid Us" "Bullshit" "The Edge" "Shakespeare"
Freedom Lasso
  • Released: 10 October 2007
  • Singles: "Bit By Bit" "Electro Livin" "Comedy Tragedy History"

Mixtapes

Mixtape Information
The War Mixtape
  • Released: 1 August 2004
  • Singles: "Welcome To England" "War"
A Little Darker
  • Released: May, 2006
The War Mixtape Vol.2
  • Released: September 22 2008

Singles

  • "Welcome To England" (2003)
  • "War" (2004)
  • "Roll Wid Us" (single, 16 May 2005)
  • "Bullshit" (single, 24 October 2005)
  • "The Edge" (featuring Niara)(single, 10 April 2006)
  • "Dat Boy Akala" (featuring Low Deep)
  • "Shakespeare" (single, 3 July 2006)
  • "Bit By Bit" (single, 17 September 2007)
  • "Comedy Tragedy History" (single, 2008)
  • "Freedom Lasso" (single, 2008)
  • "Where I'm From" (single, 2008)

Sampling

On his song "Shakespeare", Akala samples "Loneliness" by Tomcraft. On "This Is London", he uses UK Punk act The Clash's 'London Calling' instrumentals, and uses Mobb Deep's 'Shook One's, Part II' on its remix. On the "Freedom Lasso" album, Akala samples the likes of The Cure and Siouxsie Sioux.

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