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A MOBO Award-winning hip-hop artist known for his socio-political lyrics is coming to Sheffield Hallam University to deliver a guest lecture to politics students.

Kingslee 'Akala' Daley, founder of the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, is giving the talk at Sheffield Hallam's Pennine Theatre before his gig at the Leadmill on Saturday 23 November.

His talk - on race, imperialism and class issues - has been organised by politics lecturer Dr Bob Jeffery.

Bob said: "Unlike a lot of contemporary rappers, Akala still believes in hip-hop music as a force for education, raising awareness of political issues and encouraging social change.

"His talk will cover a lot of subjects that our students are very familiar with, but I'm sure his alternate take will be very engaging and interesting to them."

During the lecture, which is also open to the public, Akala will give away 20 tickets to his gig at the Leadmill.


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In 2006, Akala was named 'Best Hip Hop Act' at the MOBO Awards, and in 2008 he formed the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company with Sir Ian McKellen. The rapper has previously worked with the British Council promoting British arts across Africa, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia.

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For press information: contact Joe Field in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2074 or email