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Publication - Dr Justin Williams

    Rapping Postcoloniality

    Akala's 'The Thieves Banquet' and Neocolonial Critique


    Williams, JA, 2017, ‘Rapping Postcoloniality: Akala's 'The Thieves Banquet' and Neocolonial Critique’. Popular Music and Society, vol 40.


    MC/rapper, public speaker, journalist, graphic novelist and founder of the Hip-hop Shakespeare Company, Akala (b. Kingslee James Daley, 1983) is one of the rappers at the forefront of the UK's thriving hip-hop scene. His lyrics and music demonstrate an awareness of history and, in particular, the British Empire's shameful past as global colonizers and profiteers of the slave trade. Focusing on his album The Thieves Banquet (2013), this article investigates Akala's engagement with postcolonial thinking and neocolonial critique through the use of Western classical music tropes and multi-accentuality to create hybrid counter-narratives reflective of twenty-first century global power relations.

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