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AKA postpones Fees For All Mega Concert to 'later in the year'

Popular rapper AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Forbes, has postponed his Fees For All Mega Concert to “later in the year.”

AKA made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday. He did not provide a reason but wrote, “Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

He announced the concert at a press conference in November last year and said he hoped to raise R10-15 million for students in debt.

Mega Fees Foundation

The concert had been scheduled for 15 February, 2020, with the venue announced as Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

Tickets went on sale as from 5 December at webtickets.co.za and selected Pick n Pay retail outlets.

The Super Mega said at the time that a fund, dubbed The Mega Fees Foundation, had been established “to receive pledges and donations and disburse funds.”

A website, feesforallmegaconcert.org, was also set up. However, at the time of publishing this article, the website wasn’t working.

Fans react

AKA said his aim was to give something back to society, “Surely for everything I have been given, I have to give back.” He had hoped that his initiative would go beyond 15 February.

However, the plans are on hold now. The Fela in Versace hitmaker’s fans on Twitter reacted to the news with both disappointment and encouragement.

@uKilla_K replied, “The event is not even being promo’d; bet most people had forgotten that you set the date this week.”

@ptmasina added, “Do you realise that now was perfect time [for the] #feesmustfall concert?”

AKA nevertheless got encouragement from others such as @larry09946851 who said, “As long as it’s still happening flop alikho bhova.”

“It’s super fine Mega, all in God’s perfect timing,” added @blnktofdenation.

Gatvol AKA is 'officially done with ANC' after 'nightmare' experience with SAA

Rapper AKA has declared that he’s “officially done” with the African National Congress (ANC) until further notice.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, AKA expressed his frustration after experiencing a delay with a South African Airways (SAA) flight from Zimbabwe.

“Listen!!!! @flysaa is an absolute nightmare!!!! Left Harare at 1pm, just landed in JHB at 18:00 … Total disorganisation!!!!! Total crisis!!!!” he wrote in his first tweet.

‘We need options’

AKA then suggested that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) should be done away with as soon as possible.

He wrote, “We need options!!!!!! State-owned enterprises in 2020?!!!!!?! No ways!!!!!!! Disgusting!!!!!! I am officially done with the ANC until further notice.”

The Fela in Versace hitmaker said the ANC “as it currently exists is done,” adding that “these fat old guys are done.”

He further tweeted, “If the ANC doesn’t embrace young people and put them in positions of power SOON … we are TOTALLY DONE.”

Fikile Mbalula replies

The popular rapper wasn’t finished, “From today onward I distance myself from ALL political parties … I am now officially a free agent.”

AKA’s tweets caught the attention of Transport Minister and ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Fikile Mbalula, who came to the ANC’s defence.

He replied, “I hear and share your frustration. We will make time to engage I wouldn’t want us to talk past each other. But I can assure you things will change for [the] better.”

This isn’t the first time a celebrity has expressed political views after experiencing frustration at the hands of SAA.

Earlier this month, rapper Sho Madjozi blamed “mass looting” under former President Jacob Zuma’s administration for an eight-hour SAA flight delay she had experienced.

In response to a fan’s query about what had caused the delay, she replied, “Business rescue on SAA my friend. But if you wanna go deeper, it’s because of mass looting of state funds under JZ [Jacob Zuma].”

AKA hopes to raise R10-15m in 'Fees For All Mega Concert'

Rapper AKA hopes to raise R10-15 million for students in debt through his “Fees For All Mega Concert.”

AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Forbes, held a press conference on Friday to give more details about the concert. TV host and radio presenter Hulisani Ravele was the host.

The Super Mega announced the concert’s date as 15 February, 2020. The venue will be the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

‘I have to give back’

AKA said his aim is to give something back to society, “Surely for everything I have been given, I have to give back.”

Concert tickets will go on sale from 5 December at webtickets.co.za and Pick n Pay retail outlets.

Ticketpro Dome, in partnership with Glen21 Entertainment, will offer the venue for free, according to an update on the #FeesForAllMegaConcert Twitter account.

AKA said a fund, dubbed The Mega Fees Foundation, has been established “to receive pledges and donations and disburse funds.”

A website, feesforallmegaconcert.org, has also been set up. AKA added that the aim is for the initiative to go beyond 15 February.

‘Not just university students’

The Fela In Versace hitmaker said funds from the concert will benefit tertiary students in general, not just those in universities.

“We may not be able to help everyone but, who we do get to help is someone who wouldn’t have gotten the help before,” he said.

Sibu Mabena, a young businesswoman and founder of Duma Collective, is also involved in the initiative.

Speaking at the press conference, she said there will be a structured application process and criteria for those wishing to receive funding.

AKA is no stranger to helping out students. He donated R100,000 to Wits University’s Student Representative Council (SRC) humanitarian fund in February this year.

‘Hayi no, SA doesn’t play:’ AKA says after Burna Boy concert is cancelled

Rapper AKA has reacted to the cancellation of the Africans Unite concert following public objections against Nigerian musician Burna Boy’s participation.

Writing on Twitter less than an hour after the announcement on Wednesday, AKA said, “Hayi no. South Ahhh doesn’t play.”

Together with the Tshwane Entertainment Collective, he was among leading local artistes who questioned Burna Boy’s inclusion.

‘Threats of violence’

In a statement, the concert’s organisers, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa, said “threats of violence” prompted them to withdraw Burn Boy and cancel the shows.

They said, “The decision to cancel the Africans Unite Concert comes after the call from the Tshwane Entertainment Collective to boycott the Africans Unite concert in Tshwane.

“With the increasing threats of violence from other unfortunate segments of the public and without any government intervention, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa were prompted to take the threats and warnings seriously, as the safety of all artists and attendees could not be guaranteed.

“We then decided to cancel the concert. The safety of all attendees, artists and crew comes first.” Those who had bought tickets will be fully refunded, they added.

Burna Boy and Africans Unite concert controversy

The Africans Unite concert had been scheduled for 23 November in Cape Town and 24 November in Pretoria. Its aim was to spread a message of unity to help tackle xenophobia.

However, Burna Boy’s controversial tweets in September during the xenophobic unrest in parts of Gauteng sparked public objections to his inclusion. AKA led calls for an apology from him.

On 3 September, Burna Boy tweeted, “I personally have had my own xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans and because of that 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 up and really performs a miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.”

In another tweet, he seemingly threatened AKA, who had called him out for reacting to fake news and outdated videos doing the rounds on social media at the time.

The Ye hitmaker tweeted, “And @akaworldwide I knew you was retarded but I didn’t know it had gotten this bad. Next time I see you, you better have a big security bro. On Gambos grave you gonna need it [sic].”

Despite the objections, Burna Boy refused to apologise and insisted that he would still come. He also received support from Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

He had not publicly reacted to the cancellation at the time of publishing this article.

Burna Boy thanks Malema for his support: ‘I look forward to meeting you’

Nigerian musician Burna Boy has thanked Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema for supporting his inclusion in the upcoming Africans Unite concert.

Malema has come under fire on social media for strongly backing Burna Boy against South African music fans demanding an apology from him.

Writing on Twitter on Tuesday, Malema said he was “looking forward to receiving and being entertained by my brother @burnaboy here at his home called South Africa.”

He added, “There’s no mascot that can stop him from performing, he’s one of our own and we will protect him. We must resolutely oppose regionalism led by political illiterates.”

‘I look forward to meeting you’

On Saturday, Burna Boy tweeted his appreciation, “Thank you @Julius_S_Malema. Africa must Unite and I am willing to die for that cause just like you brother. I look forward to meeting you.”

In other tweets, the artiste said he loves South Africa but “loves Africa more.” He was seemingly unprepared to offer the apology many South Africans on social media have demanded.

“Let’s not act like xenophobia is not real in South Africa; let’s not act like Nigerians, Tanzanians, Zimbabweans and many other AFRICANS have not been victims in the last three years. Please Let us all do our part to Unite Africa,” he wrote.

Burna Boy and Africans Unite concert controversy

Burna Boy is set to be among headline acts at the Africans Unite concert scheduled for 23 November in Cape Town and 24 November in Pretoria.

The controversy surrounding his inclusion stems from his controversial tweets in September during the xenophobic unrest in parts of Gauteng.

On 3 September, he tweeted, “I personally have had my own xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans and because of that 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 up and really performs a miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.”

In another tweet, he seemingly threatened local rapper AKA, who had called him out for reacting to fake news and outdated videos doing the rounds on social media at the time.

The Ye hitmaker tweeted, ““And @akaworldwide I knew you was retarded but I didn’t know it had gotten this bad. Next time I see you, you better have a big security bro. On Gambos grave you gonna need it [sic].”

As a result, some local artistes under the banner of Tshwane Entertainment Collective have objected to his participation in the concert.

AKA has led social media demands for an apology to South Africans from Burna Boy, but given the latter’s latest tweets, it may not be forthcoming.

Julius Malema backs Burna Boy: ‘No mascot can stop him from performing’

Nigerian musician Burna Boy is facing stiff resistance from some local artistes and music fans who have objected to his inclusion in the upcoming Africans Unite concert.

However, he has received support from none other than Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.

Writing on Twitter on Tuesday, Malema said he was “looking forward to receiving and being entertained by my brother @burnaboy here at his home called South Africa.”

‘Regionalism’

He added, “There’s no mascot that can stop him from performing, he’s one of our own and we will protect him. We must resolutely oppose regionalism led by political illiterates.”

Malema and EFF have been vocal in their opposition to xenophobia and their strong support for the abolition of African borders to promote African unity.

Burna Boy is set to be among headline acts at the Africans Unite concert scheduled for 23 November in Cape Town and 24 November in Pretoria.

Its aim is to help combat xenophobia by “rebuilding trust and respect amongst African nations by changing the current narrative to that of unity and solidarity.”

Other headline acts are local rapper Kwesta, Nigerian-American rapper Jidenna and singer Busiswa, among others. Minnie Dlamini will be the host.

Tshwane Entertainment Collective objects

Burna Boy’s inclusion has become controversial because of his tweets during September’s xenophobic unrest in parts of Gauteng.

On 3 September, he tweeted, “I personally have had my own xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans and because of that 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 up and really performs a miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.”

Local fans felt he was being irresponsible by reacting to “fake news” and outdated videos doing the rounds on social media at the time.

Among those who took offence was local rapper AKA. However, Burna Boy reacted to him by tweeting, “And @akaworldwide I knew you was retarded but I didn’t know it had gotten this bad. Next time I see you, you better have a big security bro. On Gambos grave you gonna need it [sic].”

As a result, a group calling itself Tshwane Entertainment Collective has joined the fray and strongly objected to Burna Boy’s participation in the concert.

In an open letter to Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa earlier this week, they wrote, “Not only did he spread falsehoods through his extensive platforms, he literally incited violence and hate.”

They added, “He further promised to inflict his own violence on locals before giving your government an ultimatum which you seem to have received and succumbed to.”

On Wednesday, AKA said he was open to Burna Boy coming to South Africa, but asked for an apology from him first.

Malema’s entry into the controversy has further split opinion among fans on social media. Burna Boy hasn’t publicly reacted to the debate yet.

AKA: I’d love to watch Burna Boy ‘put his hands on me in my own country’

AKA has seemingly reprised his beef with Nigerian musician Burna Boy after it emerged that the latter is coming to South Africa.

On Wednesday, the Supa Mega reacted on Twitter to news that Burna Boy will headline two “Africans Unite” concerts in Cape Town and Tshwane in November.

He wrote, “I would love to attend this show and watch this man put his hands on me in my own country.”

AKA-Burna Boy fight on xenophobia

The two superstars had a twar in September in the wake of xenophobic unrest in parts of Gauteng.

It all started when Burna Boy vowed never to step in South Africa because of the unrest.

He tweeted, “And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes up and really performs a miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.”

However, AKA, like many South Africans, felt that Burna Boy was reacting to fake news and outdated videos circulating on social media at the time.

Burna Boy didn’t take kindly to this and replied, “And @akaworldwide I knew you was retarded but I didn’t know it had gotten this bad. Next time I see you, you better have a big security bro. On Gambos grave you gonna need it [sic].”

‘He must apologise’

A fan replied to AKA’s tweet and urged him to bury the hatchet. The Baddest hitmaker said he’s prepared for that – but Burna Boy must apologise first.

“I wouldn’t mind at all… he must just apologise so we can forgive him,” he wrote.

AKA is sure spoiling for another twar, because he posted a screenshot of Burna Boy’s now-deleted “big security” tweet and wrote, “See you soon @burnaboy.” The Nigerian star hadn’t reacted at the time of publishing.

Africans Unite concerts

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has partnered with Channel O and Play Network Africa to organise the concerts.

Their aim is to help combat xenophobia by “rebuilding trust and respect amongst African nations by changing the current narrative to that of unity and solidarity.”

Other headline acts are local rapper Kwesta and Nigerian-American rapper Jidenna, and singer Busiswa, among others. Minnie Dlamini will be the host.

Africans Unite concert in Cape Town will take place at The Lawns on 23 November, while the Pretoria concert will be held at Tshwane’s Sun Arena on 24 November. Ticket prices start from R250.

Burna Boy has been using the hashtag #AfricaUnite on Twitter over the past several days to urge Africans to unite.

In one tweet, he wrote, “It is sad that some Africans blame their personal frustrations or failures on other Africans. It is wrong on so many levels. We need to find lasting solutions.”

AKA shares adorable snap with Kairo and inspires dozens of Mzansi dads

Fatherhood is a bliss and rapper AKA showed South Africa just what a beautiful experience it is on Wednesday.

The Touch My Blood hitmaker posted a snap of his adorable father-daughter moment with Kairo on Twitter.

He captioned it, “You can’t buy this at the Gucci store.”

To say that the pic has inspired thousands of his fans would be an understatement.

It has already racked up more than 22,000 likes and 3,000 retweets, just a few hours after he posted it.

Dozens of his fans who are also dads replied with similar pics of heartwarming moments with their kids.

The replies are just levels and levels of heartwarming moments. So beautiful to see.

A fan remarked that what AKA did with the pic – inspiring other dads – was awesome.

AKA replied and said the thread is just plenty of love emojis.

DJ Zinhle and Enhle Mbali interview: Fans feel Enhle made it about herself

Actress Enhle Mbali hosted DJ Zinhle on her new talk show Sincerely Yours recently – but it has left fans confused as to who actually was being interviewed.

The show debuted on Friday on THD24 and naturally, the two popular media personalities spoke about their love lives.

It became a real heart-to-heart conversation as they shed some light on their partners’ alleged cheating and how they dealt with it.

DJ Zinhle’s breakup and recent makeup with rapper AKA was reportedly caused by AKA’s alleged infidelity with media personality Bonang.

For her part, Enhle’s husband DJ Black Coffee was allegedly involved in a cheating tape a few years back.

More recently, reports indicated that the two have decided to separate, with divorce actually being talked about.

Parallels

As Enhle interviewed DJ Zinhle, she sought to draw parallels between her experiences and DJ Zinhle’s.

She spoke about how, just like DJ Zinhle, she went back to her cheating partner.

I remember in my pain, tears, strength and stillness there was one day when I was sitting alone and I thought: ‘Why do I care so much?’

Enhle Mbali

Fans react

This led to some fans feeling that Enhle made the interview more about herself than her interviewee’s.

The Enhle & Zinhle interview was definitely an Enhle interview. I think she just needed someone she could relate to, who could also to her soundboard. I will however say I respect Zinhle quite a bit.

Twitter user @PhemeloSegoe

Dj Zinhle should’ve been the interviewer /host.. Seems like Enhle has alot of offloading and healing to do.

@Kgadi_19

However, some fans didn’t see anything wrong with the interview.

To them, Enhle was justified to share her experience because part of it is so recent.

There’s nothing wrong in Zinhle and Enhle’s interview. Zinhle has had time to deal with everything and she has finally moved on from it and eya-Enhle is still new.

If this interview happened maybe 3 months after yonke leya-drama am sure Zinhle’s answers would’ve been different.

@Londeka Nene

No matter how one sees it, the interview demonstrated the strength of two women who overcame, or are overcoming, personal adversity.

Ultimately, that’s something to look up to.