|Net Worth:||$1.2 million|
|Full name:||Kingslee James McLean Daley|
|Born:||December 1, 1983|
|Country of Origin:||United Kingdom|
|Occupation:||Rapper, Journalist, Author, Poet|
As a musician, author, one may say Akala is a pretty dogged fellow. However, behind who you know him to be, I think you would be interested in knowing some details about him that aren’t glaring. These include Akala’s net worth, career, family, secrets etc.
Keep reading as we have got all the news you need.
Martin Luther king Jr. once said, ”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.
Failures are divided into two classes which are those who thought and never did and those who did and never thought.
Let’s go down memory lane on a man who said no to failure and silence.
You might ask yourself series of questions, Who is this man? What really is his story? Let’s find out.
Who Is Akala?
Kingslee James Mclean Daley, widely known by the stage name Akala, is an English rapper, poet, songwriter and political activist.
The stage name Akala, is a Buddhist term for ‘Immovable’ which portrays and defines his confidence.
He was born on 1st December, 1983 in Crawley, West Sussex. His parents are Eyon Daley, a Jamaican father and Heather Court Mclean, a Scottish mother.
He is the younger brother to Niomi Arleen Mclean Daley, known as Ms Dynamite an English rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is 6ft tall.
Akala is one of the few who didn’t have a fairy beginning. He grew up in Kentish town, London.
At the age of 10, his mother was bed-ridden by cancer. Life forced him to become an adult at a tender age in which he had to take up a job, alongside with his sister to help take care of his mother.
In as much as Akala was intelligent, he suffered racism in the hands of his teachers at school.
He attended a mixed school, at a time, he was placed in a special needs group at school because according to his teachers, he was too bright to be a brown boy.
His parents, in a bid to make him stronger amidst the discrimination, sent him to a Saturday school to learn black history alongside his ”Eurocentric education”.
He got his musical education through his uncle who was a sound system DJ.
Akala was a fan of the Shakespearean play. As a teen he discovered the Wu Tang Clan, which inspired him musically because according to him they were a full range of great black men.
Akala released his first Single, early 2003 from his record label, Illa state records and his first mix tape titled, ”The War Mix”, in 2004.
In 2006, he released his first album, ”It’s not a rumour”. The album which contained the single, “Shakespeare”, a reference to his self proclaimed title, “The black Shakespeare”, brought him out to the spot light.
His work won the MOBO awards for best hip hop Act and scored him an opening slot on Christina Aguilera’s tour.
Additionally in 2006, his Mix tape, ”A little Darker”, was released featuring his sister Ms Dynamite and some other artists.
2008 came along with the War Mix tape vol. 2. His third album, “Doublethink”, was dropped in 2010 and held a strong theme for George Orwell’s novel, “Nineteen Eighty Four”.
In May 2012 and May 2013, he released a two-part mix tape, ”Knowledge is power” and his 4th album ”The Thieves banquet” respectively. Akala had released all his music independently.
Akala’s Live Performances
In 2007, Akala was the first hip-hop artist to perform his own headline concert in Vietnam.
He featured at the south by southwest music festival in Texas as well as performing in New York, Los Angeles and Brazil in 2008.
Akala appeared for a live session on the famous BBC radio 1xtra where he was challenged to do a rap containing as many Shakespeare play titles as he could do.
Surprisingly, within an hour he performed a minute long rap which had 27 different Shakespeare play titles.
1n August 2012, Akala performed at outlook festival and in November same year he performed at the second edition of NH7 Weekender music festival in Pune.
He was present at the ”one love: no borders hip hop” event in Birmingham with Iron Braydz from London, low-key and other upcoming U.K artist.
Wait a minute, what made Akala strive to achieve all these? What made him not to accept a mediocre life at the early stage?
Akala Outside Music
Music wasn’t his only interest. Akala spent his teenage years on football where he played as a defender for both Wimbledon football club and West Ham football club.
Akala’s role as a race activist has seen him lecture on racism in music and wider culture to classes and groups at the East 15 acting school/University of Essex, Sydney University and a host of other schools.
He has also spoken at the Oxford Union and was involved in campaigns to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum including giving a talk at the university of Leicester.
He taught students on song writing at the prestigious school of oriental and African studies.
As a means to give back to his society, he founded the hip hop Shakespeare company, a music theatre initiative working to engage teenagers and young people. He worked for the good of others.
He was also involved in politics where he supported labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, after mass resignations from his cabinet and a leadership challenge.
Having had several encounters with racist teachers and being treated differently, had inspired him into writing.
His book titled Natives: Race and class in the ruins of empire, was published in May 2018.
The book is a combination of autobiography and political history, on the subject of race in modern Britain.
This rapper has released quite a number of albums in his musical career. They include;
- It’s Not a Rumour
- The Thieves Banquet
- Double Think
- Knowledge is Power
- The Last Message
- Acoustic Mixtures
- Freedom Lasso
- 10 Years of Akala
Akala’s Net Worth (2018)
Akala’s net worth has been estimated to be $1.2 million in 2018 which includes his luxury house, cars, stock and properties etc.
Don’t take it common. He earned it.
Akala has made himself a role model to others. His refusal and inability to conform to prevailing situations uplifted him.
His fame today wouldn’t have been possible if he had given up when he was faced with challenges and difficult times.
He has a vision of raising a new generation of free thinkers, creative minders and activists.
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