AKA Will Perform With A 30-Piece Orchestra In Upcoming Concert

Supa Mega's AKA Orchestra On The Square concert will sure be a vibe.

South African rapper, producer and self-proclaimed pop star AKA will perform songs from his three albums in March 17. Hosted at the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, the event will see the MC take to the stage with a band and a 30-piece orchestra.


"This is something I've wanted to do for a very long time. I want to give my fans a different opportunity to see me perform," said Supa Mega in a press release about the concert, which is named AKA Orchestra On The Square.

AKA is clearly following in the footsteps of one of his idols and inspirations, Kanye West, who performed songs from his first two albums, College Dropout and Late Registration in 2006. The show, which resulted in a live album and DVD, Late Orchestration.

Supa Mega is a great performer, has three solid albums— Altar Ego, Levels and Touch My Blood—under his belt, and pays attention to detail. So AKA Orchestra On The Square should be a marvel to watch.

AKA Orchestra On The Square, which will take place from 4pm on Sunday, 17 March 2019, at the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria.

Tickets are available at Computicket.

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South African Designer Athi Patra Ruga is Collaborating with Dior

The designer has produced two bags for the international fashion label's Lady Art Project.

Athi Patra Ruga is an Umtata-born South African visual artist who explores sexuality, HIV/AIDS, queerness and African culture in fashion, performance and contemporary art. Recently, he joined fellow designers Rina Banerjee, Maria Nepomuceno, Mickalene Thomas, Jia Lee and Eduardo Terrazas in designing bags for the fourth installment of Dior's Lady Art Project which sees designers from all over the world re-imagining the fashion label's iconic Lady Dior bag. This year's group made use of techniques including embroidery, patchwork, quilting and printing, which experts have suggested may symbolize the resurgence of textile art in couture.

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Listen to Ghanaian Artist $pacely's New Project 'Fine$$e Or Be Fine$$ed'

The La Même Gang member shares his first solo project.

La Même Gang is an urban Ghanaian hip-hop/alté collective based in Accra. The group is made up of six members that include Darkovibes, Kiddblack, Nxwrth, RJZ, $pacely and Kwaku BS.

Today, $pacely is dropping his first solo project entitled Fine$$e Or Be Fine$$ed. The 10-track project shows of the artist's versatile sound and certainly has a number of bangers worth listening to.

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Kais Saied is Set to Become Tunisia's Next President

While official results have not been published, the retired academic reportedly secured 76 percent of the votes according to the exit polls.

Last week, Tunisia held its legislative elections, according to reports by Aljazeera. The Ennahda Movement obtained 52 seats in the 217-member parliament while the Karoui's Heart of Tunisia party came second, with 38 seats. While the presidential elections were only scheduled to take place in November, they were pushed forward after the country's first democratically-elected president, Beji Caid Essebsi, passed away in July. Two independent candidates, media mogul Nabil Karoui and retired law professor Kais Saied, have been facing off in the presidential runoff. However, recent exit polls suggest that Saied secured between 72 and 77 percent of the vote.

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A 15-Year-Old Nigerian Student Lends Her Voice to the Fight Against Boko Haram With Graphic Novel

Aisha Mustapha's graphic novel about her experiences under Boko Haram was published today for International Day of the Girl.

Aisha Mustapha, is a 15-year-old student from Nigeria, using her voice to tell her own story. The young writer recently penned a graphic novel about her experience fleeing Boko Haram, locating her family and trying to further her education. It's a heavy subject, obviously, but with her graphic novel, she offers a voice for young people directly affected by the crisis in Northern Nigeria.

The book was published today to mark the International Day of the Girl, a day established by the United Nations in 2011 to "highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights."

Aisha's talent for storytelling has previously been highlighted in Assembly, a by-girls-for-girls publication by the Malala Fund that brought Aisha's graphic novel to life, premiering it today in conjunction with International Day of the GIrl. Tess Thomas, Assembly's editor, elaborated on the purpose of the publication saying, "We believe in the power of girls' voices to generate change. Our publication provides girls with a platform so their opinions and experiences can inform decisions about their futures."

Aisha's words were illustrated by artist Simone Martin-Newberry, who had this to say about the process of creating the visuals for the graphic novel: "I was very moved by Aisha's story, and really wanted to treat it sensitively and do it justice with my illustrations. My aim was to capture the real emotions and actions of the story, but also keep my artwork bright and colorful and full of pattern, to help reflect Aisha's amazing youthful spirit."

Check out some excerpts from the piece below and head here to read it in full.
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