Interview | Akala: “Just because you listen to rap or reggae doesn’t mean you respect black people”
Editor's Desk, Interviews, New in Ceasefire - Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 22:49 - 10 Comments
Known in hip-hop circles for being a voice of resistance, Akala’s new album and tour of the same name, The Thieves Banquet, represents something of an artistic departure.
Taking characters who facilitate imperialism, Akala exposes the hypocrisy of elites through a morbid and gruesome ballad.
While he generally concentrates on the grand issues of structural power and world history, we sat down with him to get his take on the talking points which are linked to them: Lily Allen’s take on womens’ liberation, schools banning ‘urban’ slang, the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan by Metropolitan Police officers, and the spread of the slavery reparations movement, which has now reached the Caribbean.
As always, Akala’s responses ranged across a variety of geographies, histories, philosophical and cultural terrains, displaying his trademark insights and unrivalled intellectual cogency.
For those who missed it, please make sure you check out the first part of our interview.
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