AKA. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

AKA: “The Solutions To The Issue of Domestic Abuse Actually Have Nothing To Do With Women”

AKA calls men to action regarding the issue of violence against women.

"Forget women speaking out and marching and shit .... when it comes to domestic violence ... what can women do? Nothing. It's MEN who have to unite to protect our women and children. After all, we are the perpetrators," read one from a series of tweets sent out by South African artist AKA this morning.


Supa Mega may not always hold opinions favored by everyone, but one thing you should give him is that he always makes his stances on issues known.

This morning, he took to Twitter to muse on the disturbingly high rate of violence against women in South Africa. This follows the highly-publicized incident where kwaito star Mampintsha assaulted his girlfriend, the self-crowned Gqom Queen, Babes Wodumo.

Supa Mega, during his rant, called men to action, saying they are the ones who have the answers to this, because women are the victims.

AKA is tired of desktop activism, and believes we should put our phones down and actually do something. One tweet read:

"If y'all so outraged why don't you get up off your asses, go March to radio stations, go to musica's ... go to RISA and demand they take this animal's music off the playlist, off the shelves, off the TV ... but no ... you want to tweet and sound woke and shit."

Read AKA's tweets on the issue below.









AKA is clearly putting his money where his mouth is. Last month, he donated R100 000 to the SRC of the University of Witwatersrand following a hunger strike held by students at the university in protest about accomodation and student debts.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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