Listen to AKA’s ‘Touch My Blood’ Album

One of the most anticipated South African albums is here.

Touch My Blood, AKA's highly anticipated third studio album is finally here. The album features the likes of OkMalumKoolKat, Yanga Chief, JR, Stogie T, L-Tido, Kwesta and Kiddorminant. Kairo, AKA's daughter also appears on the closing track "Daddy Issues II."


Production on TMB is handled by Master A Flat, Tweezy, Kiddominant, Makwa Beats, Buks, and AKA himself, among a few others.

At16 tracks, Touch My Blood is AKA's second longest album after Altar Ego (2011). Levels (2014) and Be Careful What You Wish For (2017), his joint album with Anatii, had 11 and 10 songs respectively.

TMB consists mostly of melodic songs, which is no surprise after AKA had been perfecting his pop sound and, as a result, rapping less for the past few years.

The rapper said the album is his last, as he plans to focus on his business. If he lives up to his word, then the man has had one of the most prosperous careers in South African hip-hop—he has managed to remain a head honcho, dropping hits consistently since 2011 when he released "Victory Lap," his breakout hit.

TMB is the first album AKA has released under his own company Beam Group. His previous projects were all released by Vth Season, the label he left two years ago.

Read: In Photos: AKA's 'Touch My Blood' Listening Session

Listen to Touch My Blood below or download it here:

The Touch My Blood launch party will take place in Zone 6 in Soweto tomorrow. Tickets are available here and Touch My Blood merchandise can be purchased here.

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Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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