AKA pulls out of Back to the City

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment -

SOUTH AFRICAN rap­per AKA ( pictured) has con­firmed that he will no longer be a part of the Back To The City mu­sic fes­ti­val amid an on­go­ing dis­agree­ment with the event’s or­gan­is­ers.

In a lengthy state­ment posted to so­cial me­dia on Mon­day‚ AKA told fans that he would not be per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val‚ de­spite be­ing listed as one of the artists on the bill.

In the state­ment‚ AKA took aim at the event’s or­gan­is­ers‚ say­ing that they had failed to keep their agree­ment to pro­mote him along­side the event’s in­ter­na­tional head­lin­ers as a ma­jor per­former at the fes­ti­val.

AKA‚ who last per­formed at the fes­ti­val in 2011‚ says he met with the or­gan­is­ers a few weeks ago to ex­press his de­sire to per­form at the event‚ but only on con­di­tion that they pro­moted his re­turn on the same level as they would pro­mote their in­ter­na­tional head­lin­ers.

He says the de­ci­sion to per­form was not about money‚ and that de­spite the event not pay­ing “very well‚” he would have per­formed “ef­fec­tively for free” by putting his per­for­mance fee into the pro­duc­tion el­e­ments of his show.

“This was all agreed upon by our­selves and the or­gan­is­ers. The line up was an­nounced. In­stead of what we had agreed upon‚ my name was con­fined to what I can only de­scribe as a mi­nor de­tail on the ‘flyer’”

“It wasn’t un­til I be­gan see­ing the level of pro­mo­tion with re­gards to the “in­ter­na­tional” acts‚ that all my old feel­ings of doubt and mis­trust resur­faced‚” he wrote.

AKA‚ who has in the past spo­ken about his re­fusal to play sec­ond fid­dle to tour­ing in­ter­na­tional acts‚ elab­o­rated about what he brings to the ta­ble.

“I con­sider my­self an In­ter­na­tional act. I have the tours‚ awards‚ fol­low­ing and most im­por­tantly the live show and mu­sic to prove it.

“With all due re­spect to Elzhi‚ Jay Live‚ Sky­zoo & Camp Lo‚ I will not al­low an artist like my­self to be re­duced to a mi­nor de­tail.”

AKA con­cluded the state­ment by say­ing he has no hard feel­ings to­wards the event but merely wants to high­light “how far we still have to go to change the mind­set.”

Mean­while, Tšepe mu­sic ex­po­nents Kom­manda Obbs and Jcob as well as songstress Leomile Mot­set­sela will rep­re­sent Le­sotho at the Back To The City Youth Fes­ti­val in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa on 27 April 2016.

Or­gan­ised by South Africa’s Rit­ual Me­dia Group, the an­nual youth fes­ti­val is re­garded as the big­gest Hip Hop gath­er­ing in Africa. Now in its 10th year, the fes­ti­val has be­come the big­gest out­let and plat­form for the Hip Hop com­mu­nity.

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