AKA, ANATII DROP SOME BANGIN’ TUNES

The launch party of rap duo Anatii and AKA’s al­bum had fans thor­oughly en­ter­tained and trended on Twit­ter well af­ter it ended

CityPress - - Front Page - PHUTI MATHOBELA phuti.mathobela@city­press.co.za

It is not of­ten that artists give their die-hard fans ex­actly what they ask for. But AKA and Anatii fans, es­pe­cially the lucky few who got to wit­ness the launch of the duo’s col­lab­o­ra­tive al­bum, Be Care­ful What You Wish For, got ex­actly that. The launch was at Zone 6 Venue in Diep­kloof, Soweto, on Fri­day night. The award-win­ning Kier­nan “AKA” Forbes (29) and Anathi “Anatii” Mnyango (24) thor­oughly en­ter­tained the Zone 6 Venue crowd. Their per­for­mance, which re­minded me of cam­pus bashes, was in­fused with a kasi vibe that had the guests lost in the mu­sic on the dance floor.

And the party was clearly the place to be. More fans kept stream­ing in as those at the venue spread the word.

The launch dom­i­nated so­cial me­dia, with #BCWYWF (Be Care­ful What You Wish For) a trending topic on Twit­ter un­til well af­ter the party ended.

If this was not the mother of all launch par­ties, it was at least a very se­ri­ous con­tender for the ti­tle.

Guests were wel­comed with Cruz Vodka and soft drinks on the way to their seats. And those who came ear­lier got free copies of the al­bum – mak­ing true the say­ing “the early bird catches the worm”.

Min­gling with the crowds were celebrity guests in­clud­ing rap­pers K.O, MaE, JR, Yanga and No­muzi Mabena.

The duo’s per­for­mance started at midnight with cheers from the ex­pec­tant crowd. The al­bum’s first sin­gle, Don’t For­get To Pray, and The Saga were the night’s most pop­u­lar songs, get­ting the en­thu­si­as­tic fans into what can only be de­scribed as a frenzy.

The rap­pers per­formed all the tracks on their al­bum. Je­sus Plug, An­gelz and Don’t For­get To Pray all left me won­der­ing whether they were ven­tur­ing into gospel.

Anatii and AKA took time to thank fans for their sup­port, promis­ing al­bum tours across the coun­try and more en­gage­ment with fans be­cause that is what they asked for.

“We had been asked by many peo­ple who would just come up to us and say: ‘You guys must give us an al­bum to­gether’. We then de­cided to do it and felt it would be best suited by the ti­tle Be Care­ful What You Wish For, be­cause the fans asked for it,” AKA said.

“As part­ners, we did not need to give peo­ple too much of our ma­te­rial as yet, even though I think the vibe re­ally speaks for it­self,” said Anatii of the 10-track al­bum.

PHOTO: SIL­VER SIBIYA

YOU WISH IS OUR COM­MAND Rap­pers Anatii and AKA say they have given fans what they asked for

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