AKA tears up the charts


GOOGLE this past Septem­ber cel­e­brated its 20th birth­day. Seems like only 10 years ago that we re­ally started pay­ing at­ten­tion to the search en­gine gi­ant since the dig­i­tal age rev­o­lu­tionised it­self again with the ad­vent of the so­cial me­dia age.

The same com­par­i­son can be made when the South African hip-hop in­dus­try is men­tioned. Slow up­take, but right now it seems like it was al­ways there. Now it’s boom­ing!

AKA, one of the house­hold names in the in­dus­try, re­cently pro­moted Fela in Ver­sace, the new sin­gle from his third stu­dio al­bum, Touch My Blood.

The so­cial me­dia posts came fly­ing through about the song like an Air­bus 380 land­ing at OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional.

Ra­dio sta­tions across the coun­try and con­ti­nent gave this song the at­ten­tion it de­served, while peo­ple on the ground only just re­mem­bered that some of the songs on the al­bum were re­leased as far back as 2016!

Ar­dent fans be­came fa­mil­iar with the song, but promi­nence came via AKA’s se­lec­tion which he thought would de­serve air­play.

Jo­han­nes­burg played lo­ca­tion for the mu­sic video ac­com­pa­ny­ing this song and it got crit­i­cal ac­claim from as far as the US. It’s cer­tainly a proud mo­ment for South Africans as di­rec­tor Nate Thomas put a unique lo­cal touch to the video. When it’s from Africa, it some­how shows up.

My col­leagues in the ra­dio in­dus­try sug­gest this song will be in the top five for 2018.

Only time will tell.

I se­cretly hope it proves to be suc­cess­ful. And it leads up to the ques­tion that begs an­swer­ing.

Which artist will be the “De­struc­tion Boyz” of 2018? Cast your mind 11 months back to the blar­ing sound of Omunye Phezu Ko­munye and you find a tough chal­lenge to live up to the pop­u­lar­ity of this hit.

Anony­mous sources sug­gest that it’s the year of Kwesta! The 30-year-old re­leased his new sin­gle Vur Vai, which I be­lieve will grow on the main­stream con­tem­po­rary mar­ket here and abroad. Be pre­pared to catch it in cars across carwash fa­cil­i­ties this sum­mer!

Where’s Cassper Ny­ovest in all of this? I would think plan­ning his next “fill up the sta­dium” cam­paign. How­ever, there’s no doubt he’s still a crowd-pleaser at live events.

Men­tion the name Bo­nang Matheba and in­stan­ta­neously you get this im­age of fame, beauty and money. And it’s the money that Sars is al­legedly af­ter from the South African diva. She is said to owe the gov­ern­ment cof­fers nine years’ worth of un­sub­mit­ted per­sonal tax re­turns, while there’s three years of un­sub­mit­ted busi­ness tax re­turns.

Matheba is no stranger to con­tro­versy and this only shows that we are hu­man and that death and taxes are the only guar­an­tees in this mor­tal life.

I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing if the celeb shows up to court since time runs out to­mor­row. It’s quite ironic to host global lead­ers on the big­gest stage of them all, the UN, while af­fairs at home leave much to the imag­i­na­tion of the South African pub­lic.

Nat­u­rally, Bo­nang’s in­sid­ers have crit­i­cised the claim and rub­bished the al­le­ga­tions. I hope for the sake of Bo­nang and her cred­i­bil­ity that they are right.

Men­tion sex­ual as­sault and Bill Cosby in the same sen­tence and I would have said there are more chances of Julius Malema go­ing back to the ANC.

Un­be­liev­able as it may seem, the geri­atric ac­tor was sent to prison af­ter be­ing tried and found guilty.

Now for­mer prison in­mate and in­fa­mous OJ Simp­son has sug­gested that cer­tain crimes are frowned upon in­side state pen­i­ten­tiaries and sex­ual as­sault is no ex­cep­tion.

The guilty ver­dict thank­fully shows that no one should get away with crime, ir­re­spec­tive of who you are.

Lastly, con­grat­u­la­tions to Somizi and fi­ancée Mo­hale Mo­taung on their an­niver­sary.

Sirshin Moodliar is on East Coast Ra­dio be­tween mid­night and 4am ev­ery week­day morn­ing. You can keep up with him via @IamSir­shin on Twit­ter and Sir­sh­inMoodliar on In­sta­gram.

AKA’s lat­est mu­sic video is mak­ing waves in South Africa and in the US.

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