Akala in conversation with Dr Kehinde Andrews

Monday 21st May 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Birmingham City University, The Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD

Award winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur Akala in conversation with Dr. Kehinde Andrews, Head of the first Black Studies degree in Europe, to mark the launch of his new book ‘Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire‘. The discussion will ‘highlight issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain’s racialised empire’.

Rapper, musician and cultural commentator Akala is becoming one of the UK’s foremost critical thinkers, having recently spoken on everything from Grenfell and Corbyn to the entire span of human history in his televised epic poem ‘The Ruins of Empires’.

‘The air of a civil rights orator’ ... Akala performing at Shepherd's Bush Empire.


‘Backed by his DJ and a live drummer, Akala carries the air of a civil rights orator. His energetic presentation and lyrically dense raps float with poise, are ingested by his cult following and reflected back in the form of constant mobbing’. As he unpicks the marginalisation of black people, the rapper and cultural commentator seems to draw ever more strength from his own messages.

Guardian Review – “humility and harmony from history-making hip-hop poet”  – read the full review here

tickets include a discounted copy of the much anticipated book.