AKA to per­form all his hits

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was look­ing for­ward to the show. “This will be a big event. My band is com­ing down and we’ve been work­ing hard for this show for months now,” he said.

Since the re­lease of his de­but al­bum Alar Ego, AKA has pro­duced a num­ber of hits and made a name for him­self out­side the coun­try, and has been nom­i­nated for the BET Awards and MTV Africa Mu­sic Awards, among many oth­ers.

Some of his lat­est hits in­clude World is Mine, An­gelz, Cai­phus Song and 10 Fin­gers.

The rap­per said his in­ten­tion was al­ways to make au­then­tic mu­sic.

“The rea­son I make these hits is be­cause I don’t go into the stu­dio and try to make hits. We don’t say any­thing, we just get in and make mu­sic.

“I write songs from the heart and the mes­sage is al­ways au­then­tic,” he said.

“If you are wor­ried about how peo­ple are go­ing to re­ceive you, what they will say, you will also worry about what they will say about your mu­sic. Take that out of your think­ing, do the best that you can and don’t wait for good or bad feed­back.”

This year, AKA re­ceived his third con­sec­u­tive nod at the BET Awards in the cat­e­gory Best In­ter­na­tional Act: Africa.

Wizkid won it, fel­low South African DJ Black Cof­fee took it last year and in 2015 Ghana­ian su­per­star Stoneb­woy bagged the award.

“I’ve taken a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to awards now. It’s nice to be recog­nised by my peers and the in­dus­try, but for me the big­gest award is longevity, and still be­ing here after my first al­bum came out in 2011 and still be­ing at the top of my game and rel­e­vant.

“Peo­ple still en­joy my mu­sic and they are pack­ing up the show and buy­ing the mer­chan­dise. That for me is the big­gest award,” he said, adding that awards used to mean ev­ery­thing to him.

“But now my fans mean more to me than they ever have.”

Re­spond­ing on how so­cial me­dia treats celebri­ties, the vo­cal AKA, who has been crit­i­cised for what he posts, said it all came with the ter­ri­tory.

“If peo­ple didn’t care, then I wouldn’t have peo­ple sup­port­ing me. You have to take the good and the bad.

“The key is to put down your phone, don’t go on Twit­ter or the in­ter­net. Peo­ple are stuck in their phones and they shouldn’t be. “Live your life.” AKA said he would all his hits.

“I will be on stage for an hour, it’s go­ing to be a great show,” he said. Catch him to­day at a pop-up store in Hem­ing­ways.

● Gen­eral tick­ets for the show cost R100 at Com­puticket. — be per­form­ing


HIT­MAKER: Hip hop artist AKA is in town for his Su­paMega show on Satur­day at Buf­falo Park Cricket Sta­dium

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