An AKA and YoungstaCPT Collaboration is in The Works

AKA and YoungstaCPT were in studio last night.

The long overdue collaboration between South African hip-hop artists AKA and YoungstaCPT is finally materializing. AKA revealed in a tweet last night, stating why he didn't watch his own roast, which was broadcast on TV last night.


"I couldn't watch the roast tonight because I'm in studio making a song with @YoungstaCpt. Finally," Supa Mega tweeted.

When I asked YoungstaCPT in 2017 when he would collaborate with Supa Mega, his response was, "When the stars align."

He added that he was cool with Mega, and that they had met on a plane a few years ago, and Supa Mega asked him if YoungstaCPT had really put out 24 mixtapes (he did). "That's a lot of rapping," AKA said according to YoungstaCPT.

The Cape Town rapper doesn't believe in forcing collaborations. He told me, "I like the characters to be on the same level. Like, if I can't have a conversation with you, how can we make a song that will stand the test of time?"

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This will be an interesting collaboration, given how different the two artists' music is. The fact that you can't predict what it will sound like is what makes it even more exciting.

AKA has been a collaboration spree recently. About two weeks ago, he took the likes of Sjava, Gemini Major and several others to a secret location to work on some music. He tweeted over the weekend that he was struggling to reach Reece, and also promised to work with The Big Hash. Clearly, the man's upcoming album will be a round table of SA hip-hop royalty, and we can't wait to hear it.

YoungstaCPT's album 3T is dropping on the 29th of this month. Listen to the first two singles below.

YoungstaCPT - VOC (Voice Of The Cape) www.youtube.com


YoungstaCPT - YVR (Young Van Riebeek) www.youtube.com

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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