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Black Coffee Slapped AKA’s Road Manager and South African Twitter is Having a Field Day

South African Twitter is siding just about unanimously with Black Coffee after the producer/DJ slapped AKA's road manager in Polokwane.

Things got pretty heated between Black Coffee and AKA’s team Saturday night at the DStv iRock Limpopo Music Festival in Polokwane. In a short clip that’s been circulating the web today, the beloved South African DJ/producer can be seen speaking with two men on stage before the conversation turns sour and Black Coffee plants a slap right on the face of AKA’s road manager, Tshiamo Letshwene, knocking his cap off in the process.

Many outlets are reporting that the rapper was two hours late for his performance, and that when he did arrive, his band proceeded to do soundcheck during Black Coffee’s set. We can only assume Black Coffee wasn’t too thrilled about this, thus leading to the now famous slap-heard-round-SA.

AKA was quick to clear the air on Twitter. In a series of tweets, the Levels rapper explained his decision to pull out of the festival. He also encouraged his fans to ask DSTV and Black Coffee for their money back.

“@dstvsa you let black coffee walk on stage in the middle of my band's line check, smack my road manager, & continued to let him play?” tweeted AKA. “The media likes to portray me as an aggressive person ..... Please explain to me what part of Black Coffee smacking my road manager is ok?... If you want to know why I didn't perform tonight you will need to ask @dstvsa why it's ok for people to assault my road manager on stage… Apologies to my fans in PLK .... We won't be performing tonight. I arrived, my band setup ....Nobody will lay hands on someone on my team in front of thousands and expect me to continue as normal. @DStv...Apologies to my fans in PLK .... We won't be performing tonight. I arrived, my band setup .... And then some bullshit happened.”

Is AKA telling the full story? We have no way to know. It seems the one thing that is certain is South African Twitter is loving every minute of it, cracking jokes at the rapper's expense and siding just about unanimously with the country’s national treasure.

“AKA's manger is disrespectful for landing his face on Black Coffee's hand,” said one Twitter user.

“Black Coffee seems like the most chilled celeb who doesn't even like media attention. So you know AKA's team really tried him,” tweeted another.

Perhaps this Twitter user put it best when she said “These AKA and Black Coffee tweets are [fire]. “Nobody cares about AKA or whether Black Coffee was wrong. The country is on the legend's side.”



Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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