If you saw the Shakespeare 400 celebrations a few months ago you’ll have seen Akala. His contribution was an extraordinary combination of Shakespearean dialogue and rap music that was one of the most innovative takes on the Bard we’ve ever seen. It’s not surprising given he founded the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company in 2009 who remain at the forefront of innovative takes on Shakespeare’s works. It’s just one of the feathers in his cap. Rightly regarded as one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK he’s also a BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer, poet and historian.
And now, he’s talking to us.
Akala was at MCM London Comic Con debuting his new graphic novel. Visions is a 48-page semi-autobiographical story that touches on Akala’s past but takes the story in very different directions. As articulate, enthusiastic and fierce as the man himself it’s his second foray into comics after The Ruins Of Empire and we can’t wait to see him launch it and the accompanying EP.
And here he is at MCM London Comic Con talking about Visions.