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AKA is Taking His Orchestra Show to Durban

AKA will be performing in Durban with The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

It seems AKA's Orchestra on The Square, which took place in Pretoria in March this year, was the first in a series of shows.

Supa Mega is taking the show to Durban on the 2nd November at the ICC Arena in Durban. The artist will be assisted by The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, which is widely regarded as one of Africa's premier orchestras. A number of surprise guests will join Supa Mega on the night.

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Burna Boy, AKA, YCee & More Get In a Heated Exchange Surrounding Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

Burna Boy: "I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the f**k up."

As we've been reporting, South Africa is currently embroiled in violent xenophobic attacks. As out Johannesburg-based staff writer Rufaro Samanga writes:

"The center of Johannesburg is currently a surreal sight. Cars have been torched, businesses broken into and ransacked, foreign nationals are being violently attacked and police are admittedly struggling to maintain order. Just a week after xenophobic attacks erupted in Pretoria and two months after Nigerians were being attacked in Hillbrow, the country is experiencing yet another spate of xenophobic attacks which began yesterday. According to EWN, two people have been confirmed dead, including a woman who was shot at close range. A hundred others have been arrested thus far."

"The reasons for the xenophobic attacks echo the pervasive anti-immigrant sentiment around the world. In a country with growing inequality, unemployment and poverty, many disenfranchised South Africans feel that foreign nationals are responsible for the lack of job opportunities and increasing crime."

Star musicians are now weighing in on the matter, with some heated exchanges taking place between big Nigerian artists like Burna Boy and Ycee and South Africa's AKA and Babes Wodumo, among several others.

The exchanges seemed to have started when YCee tweeted his opinion about South African feelings towards Nigerians, citing AKA's tweets back when South Africa lost in the AFCON quarterfinals earlier this year to Nigeria.

From there, it escalated to receive responses from AKA and M.I Abaga, as well as a strong string of tweets from Burna Boy, who stated: "I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don't know how they can even possibly fix this."

Read all the exchanges below.

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Listen to 25K’s ‘Culture Vulture’ Remix Featuring Emtee and AKA

AKA and Emtee jump on 25K's 'Culture Vulture' for a remix.

Earlier this year, 25K's single "Culture Vulture" went viral. Everyone was talking about the song, commending the rapper and producer for managing to incorporate his identity to trap.

One of the many people who were moved by the song was AKA, who shared the song with his millions of followers on social media and gave 25K a slot in his Orchestra on the Square concert in March.

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Here are the 2019 AFRIMMA Nominees

Burna Boy, Wizkid and Rema lead this year's African Muzik Magazine Award nominations.

The nominees for the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA), which recognizes the biggest talent from across the continent, have been announced.

Leading the charge is none other than Nigeria's Burna Boy, who earned seven nominations across a range of categories that include Best Male West Africa, Best Collaboration, Best Live Act, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and more. Wizkid follows closely after with five, earning a nomination for Best Collaboration for his feature on Beyoncé's "Brown Skin Girl." Rising Nigerian artist Rema also earned several nominations, including "Best Newcomer."

Other nominees include Mali's Aya Nakamura, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Niniola, Teni and more, who are all nominated for Best Female West Africa. Victoria Kimani, Vanessa Mdee, and Uganda's Rema Namakula all bagged Best Female East Africa nominations.

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