Last week was a busy one in the world of AKA; He launched an app, shared the good news that his critically acclaimed, award-winning sophomore album – Levels – had finally reached double platinum in album sales, left fans startled with the announcement of his decision to end his tenure as an indie artist as he makes unexpected return to Vth Season, as well as news of a global deal with Sony Music.
Mind you, all of that unravelled back to back from a massive wave of big announcements that began with the announcement that he had decided to shut down his Beam Group company.
In March this year, Supamega had stated that Touch My Blood would be his final album as he now prepared to focus more on the business side of things – a lucrative space which included deals with global brands CRUZ Vodka and Reebok.
The Hip Hop artist, who had initially declared his latest and third album, Touch My Blood, as his final, also confirmed that nothing could be further from the truth.
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On the contrary, AKA is gushing about the new possibilities that come with the new deals.
“I am proud to announce my new partnership with SONY Music Africa an Vth Season”, he said in a statement. “This is a long-term global deal that will take my music to new heights for many albums. Cheers to the future!”
Putting the highly publicised bad blood between him and Vth Season behind – the label he feuded with for some time following what appeared to be a messy departure back in 2017, AKA is moving forward with the new deal to expand his reach.
The renewed partnership will see Vth Season and AKA create and market his music and brand across the continent and the world, it says here. Vth Season will also exclusively handle all of his bookings and touring that that will take place outside the country.
“There’s never been a stronger combination than Vth Season and AKA, and we are happy to be a part of it once more. We all know that AKA is a great musician and we are excited to bring that to the world,” shares Raphael Benza of Vth Season.
“We are very excited to have Kiernan Forbes back in the family. There is no doubt that AKA is one of the best and brightest that South Africa has ever produced, and we believe that, in partnership with ourselves, we have the ability to export the AKA brand, as well as many other talented artists that we have on our books, to the world. Here’s to many exciting things to come! Welcome back to the family, Kiernan Forbes!” expresses Refiloe Ramogase, General Manager of Sound African Recordings, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment Africa.
K.O Reveals Third Album Details – Everything We Know
K.O has announced his third solo project.
On Monday, K.O delighted fans when he not only announced his long awaited third solo studio album, but also revealed the album artwork, along with the title.
Slated for release on September 27th, K.O’s third solo project is called PTY UnLTD.
Perfectly synchronised to launch along with the looming summer, the album will premiere during the commercial peak of his latest hit, Say U Will, the simmering collaborative joint that saw him team up with the beautiful Nandi Madida.
The songbird has been celebrating her first ever number one, which also marks KO’s successful revival.
PTY UnLTD will also come just months after the Cashtime catalogue was availed across digital streaming platforms earlier this year. “It’s a piece of history we wanted to preserve”, he told QuenchSA in an exclusive interview, in which he also began laying out the elements which will define his next sonic ecosystem.
The sound will not adhere to the trappings of Skhanda, the Hip Hop and Kwaito fusion he masterfully pioneered and popularised with his previous works. It’s a fresh start for K.O, who sees the successes of his recent releases – which includes Supa Dupa – as keys unlocking his next chapter.
“What I have coming up is gonna be appreciated on a large scale, just based on where I am. I think I found my feet again. I can’t wait for people to hear”, he told QuenchSA.
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Black Coffee and Usher Team Up On ‘Lalala’
Usher’s smooth vocals luxuriate catchy hooks over Black Coffee’s distinct productions in fresh collaborative number.
On Tuesday, Black Coffee and Usher Lalala, a catchy dance number maximising on the creative potential of Coffee’s superior production skills and Usher’s powerful vocals.
The rhythmic joint, which comes nearly a year after the two first wet the musical appetites of their fans with snaps showcasing their budding friendship when Usher touched down in South Africa for his performance at the Global Citizen Festival, finds Usher luxuriating Coffee’s lush and summer calling instrumentals.
Lalala, which marks the globally celebrated DJ’s triumphant return to the charts since the debut of last year’s Drive, also solidifies Black Coffee’s pursuit to enter the American market.
Recently, Black Coffee has executed high powered collaborations with a slew of top international acts, a list which includes Drake, Jorja Smith and Alicia Keys.
Tshego Performs ‘No Lies’ At Pink Panther Album Listening Session
Tshego delivered some smooth vocals on the lush performance of No Ties, the first single from his looming Pink Panther album, which will premiere on Friday, August 30th. The singer took us through a few songs as he invited us into the soundscape of the long await project.