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Arguably Bristol’s most modern venue The Lantern is soon to be graced by the presence of hip-hop artist Akala. His real name being Kingslee James Daley, whose older sister is also Ms Dynamite. However his path wasn’t paved in the way of his sister – being a gifted mathematician Daley received offers from several top universities for his skills in maths, but he instead chose to further his career in music.

The arrival of his debut album in 2006 entitled ‘It’s Not A Rumour’ proved to be his big break, with single ‘Shakespeare’ hitting hardest with its grinding bassline and reference of well known yet different figures from King Arthur to Tiger Woods. 2006 also brought the Kentish Town rappers first MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) award, winning in the Best Hip Hop Act category.

Moving past his debut, Akala continues to craft his lyrics around the subjects of class, how society has been conditioned and social detachment. He has since carefully wound these issues into his work, in 2007 sophomore record ‘Freedom Lasso’, the George Orwell inspired third effort ‘Doublethink’ from 2010, and the forth ‘The Thieves Banquet’ released in 2013. Not to mention the mixtape he put out in between such as ‘The War Mixtape’ volumes 1 and 2, ‘A Little Darker’ that featured Ms Dynamite and ‘Knowledge Is Power’ from 2012.

Most recently we have the second instalment ‘Knowledge Is Power II’ released on the 30th of March this year which we will no doubt be treated to at the Lantern in Colston Hall very soon. This is your chance to hear his newest mixtape in action, and going by his live session in Radio 1Xtra where he created a minute long rap referencing twenty-seven titles of Shakespeare plays just short of thirty minutes, it should for sure be an interesting show.

Check out ‘Fire In The Booth’ right here: