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Track By Track Album Review: AKA x Anatii’s Be Careful What You Wish For

AKA and Anatii have finally released their highly anticipated collaborative album – Be Careful What You Wish For. Here’s a track by track review

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Musical brethren AKA and Anatii have spent the better part of the year curating their first full collaborative body of work.

AKA Anatii Be Careful What You Wish For Album Review

And on Friday, they finally released Be Careful Of What You Wish For, a 10 track LP containing the two’s previous smash hits The Saga, 10 Fingers and Don’t Forget To Pray. #BCWYF has been one of most highly anticipated albums this year, as AKA and Anatii have continued to consistently build an impressive discography consisting of chart topping collaborations through the years.

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The album represents a full circle for the rappers, whose relationship has seen many publicised highs and lows. But after putting all of that behind them in 2016, they vowed to make the most of their obvious synergistic magic.

Be Careful What You Wish For is a culmination of that creative energy, as they’ve put together a cohesive work that combines themes of spirituality, a stellar production, addictive hooks and experimental vocals to deliver a solid introduction of their fresh wave.

Bryanston Drive 

The album’s opening single is also the most talked about amongst the fans, at least since the album came out. Praised for supreme production, the track sees the two showcasing the best of what they each represent. AKA gets personal on his verses, touching up a bit on aspects of his highly publicised romantic life. Anatii lays down the synthetic vocals, in which he gives us his take on Boom Shaka’s It’s About Time. In many ways, that alone represents the entire album’s play on creatively using throwback elements with a modern day twist.

10 Fingers 

The song is a bop! Released earlier in 2017, 10 Fingers is the single that set the new chapter in motion. The spiritual messages, sound, visuals and now, a full body of work. It also presented solid material for the AKA and Anatii to return to the stage together.

Like the rest of the album, the single oozes a sense of style and plug to a fresh wave for South African Hip Hop.

How Do You Like Me Now? 

‘I come through the kitchen, yeah that’s a doggy style’ is there by the chorus, you all. If this duo has established a signature sound that comes to life whenever they hit the studio, How Do You Like Me Now would be the sibling who has the family’s best features, the freedom of being a bit bratty and privilege to enjoy refined parenting. They’ve refined their mastery through the years, this banger combines everything that has worked for them. There’s the autotune, the catchy chorus, the vocals and their trademark transition to the hard bass.

Personally, I also love this track because of how it will sound when they perform it live.

Holy Mountain

Take us to church!

The album’s third single was released just days before the album followed, and it’s not hard to tell why. It brings the album’s most definitive features in one song. The autotune – which you are gonna love or hate -, the spiritual themes, the wavey vocals tied neatly by AKA’s confident bar filled verses at the ends…

Don’t Forget To Pray 

10 Fingers‘s sibling single has been out for a few months, but behind the scenes pictures are the closest we’ve gotten to a music video for the song. When this song came out, we just loved the consistent, cohesive and timely transit from the first single. We loved that the narrative was becoming clearer, the sound maturing but still informed by a signature.

Accompanied by artwork with religious symbolism, the rappers laid the groundwork for their new era.

Angelz

The single is another early fan favourite. It’s a really nice song, with the two dabbling in some much appreciated Xhosa in that one cool hook. Bringing some of the church to the dance floor

Jesus Plugz

Out of all the songs in the album, Jesus Plugz has the most potential for organic success in different parts of the continent. With West African influences, the religious themes that thread the album, vocals and that beat, it’s one of those songs that can end up blowing up in places you least expected.

The Saga

It’s a classic. That’s all!


Featured Image Credit:  AKA via Instagram Photo by @blaq_smith 

 

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Black Coffee Has Announced A Concert At The Dome

He’s thrilled massive crowds globally, and now Black Coffee is bringing his deep house sets to a concert at the Dome this December!

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South Africa’s biggest house music DJ and Producer, Black Coffee, has announced a concert at the Dome this December!

Black Coffee concert at the Dome

The announcement comes just days after Coffee walked away with the Best Deep House DJ gong at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, Spain, where he is also currently completing a successful residence.

RELATED: BLACK COFFEE’S DRIVE IS HERE 

Entitled Music Is King, the show will be taking place at the TicketPro Dome on the 15th of December. And it because the show will be happening just a day before the Day of Reconciliation public holiday, you’ve got a bundle of partying joy lined up for you this festive.

RELATED: HUNTER’S HOSTED ONE HELL OF A PARTY WITH BLACK COFFEE

Following the exciting announcement, #MusicIsKing trended all day on Twitter, with music fans and artists complimenting Black Coffee for bringing his globally celebrated deep house sets back into our shores.

Tickets are already available at WebTickets

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AKA’s Fela In Versace Video Premieres To Mixed Reviews

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AKA Fela In Versace Music Video
Photo: Austin Malema via Instagram

AKA’s Fela In Versace music video was met with mixed reactions from fans when it premiered on Wednesday.

While die-hard fans are thrilled by the first motion picture from the Touch My Blood album, others are let down by the visual’s aesthetic, creative direction and technical quality.

The video arrived on Wednesday following a promotional drive that began last month, when the rapper first teased fans with lush looking behind the scene photos.

AKA Fela in Versace behind the scenes photos

Photo: Austin Malema via Instagram

Delighting his social media followers with glimpses of the video, AKA debuted his gold box fade as he showcased his outfit, which included a R25 000 Cornici Balletto print shirt.

RELATED: AKA’S TOUCH MY BLOOD ALBUM REVIEW

Shot in Joburg. the music video centers on showcasing the skhothane subculture, which is defined by, amongst other things, the setting of expensive brands on fire. That happens here in between freeze frame edits that produce these cool body doubles of AKA.

Some fans have slammed the video – likening its “disappointing” quality to that of an amateur Powerpoint presentation, while some have drawn comparisons to rival, Cassper Nyovest’s Tito Mboweni video.

Others are vibing with AKA’s latest music video, complimenting SUPAMEGA for continuing his winning streak

What are your thoughts on it? Scrawl down to post a comment!

 

 

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Trompies, Sjava, Distruction Boyz and DBanj To Headline One Source Live

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Iconic Kwaito group Trompies will be returning to the stage for the first time in aeons at the looming One Source Live shindig.

The maestros are billed to perform at the One Source Festival on Saturday 17th! Joining a line of up of the hottest acts covering a vast spectrum of genres, a list including Nigerian legend D’banj, our very own BET winner S’java, top selling Hip Hop lyricist Shane Eagle, as well Gqom innovators, Distruction Boyz.

The richly curated festival will be taking place downtown at No 1 Fox Street in the Jo’burg Inner City.

The One Source Live creative revolutionaries Khuli Chana, Sho Madjozi, Trevor Stuurman and Osborne Macharia will return to the festival with new installations and musical collaborations which will be announced later.

RELATED: The 2nd Bacardi Holiday Club Returns In March  

ONE SOURCE LIVE unfolds over multiple stages and platforms in a multimedia festival that celebrates African Creativity as a driver of positive change in the world:

The ABSOLUT ART BAR, the epicenter of the festival, is a curated art and performance space by day, transforming into the headline stage after dark.

The DISCOVERY STAGE has Sho Madjozi hosting a specially curated set of performances and live recordings of new collaborations with budding artists; building on her amazing material from the first festival.

Creativity goes back to its source in the STREET ART ZONE with art installations, food trucks, a street performance stage, fashion pop-ups, and street photographers.

The African Creative Revolution continues, join and celebrate the power of African creativity at ONE SOURCE LIVE.

 

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