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.”


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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.

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