AKA. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

‘Touch My Blood’ Is AKA’s Most Layered Album

Thematically and sonically, this is AKA's most diverse album. One which sees him shouting out legends and mentioning his coloured identity.

Two days before the release of his third studio album, AKA makes a grand entrance at one of the many enclaves of Moyo Restaurant in Melrose Arch at Johannesburg's posh north. This particular enclave, which is filled to the brim with journalists, family and friends of AKA's, media personalities and artists, boasts decoration that doesn't tell you there's a listening session for a hip-hop album being held here—it looks upmarket with helium balloons floating all over.

"I didn't want it to be some small event with a bunch of journalists in some studio somewhere," says AKA when he eventually gets to speak. This is after he has sent salutations to those close to him present at the event—he hugs his mother, dances with her for a few seconds, hugs and shouts out some of his goons. Later, he will recognize Tibz, his first ever manager, in the audience and pay respect to him.

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