After keeping us sweet with his 2012 mix tape Knowledge is Power, as well as two epic Fire In The Booth installments  the first of which received over a million views, Akala is now back with his fourth studio album The Thieves Banquet.


We headed down to Tate Modern’s Hyperlink Festival to see him perform a mix of his old and new material.  Josh Osho joined Akala on stage for the track he features on, Lose Myself, the first single taken from The Thieves Banquet.


After performing a few more tracks as well as the powerful activist’s anthem Malcolm Said It, Akala took part in a Q & A with the audience.

If he decides to release the title track as a single, Akala revealed that he would want to go all out and create a film like video for the track to do it justice, as the song is 7 minutes long and features him acting as a range of controversial characters of power.


Lowkey was also at the event and could be seen smiling as an audience member asked if the two had any plans to release an album together.

Admitting that they have discussed concepts, Akala didn’t say no to the idea but stressed that he didn’t want to pressurise Lowkey  in to making a return to music after he made the decision to quit the scene in April last year.

The Thieves Banquet will be released on 27 May 27th, and tickets are now available for the album launch party at XOYO on 3 June.

Hyperlink Festival was the first official event organised as part of Circuit, a national arts programme for under 25’s which aims to reach 80,000 young people aged 15-25 over the next four years.

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