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23 Nov, 2015

AKA aint Pac

AKA won Best Male Southern Africa and Best Collaboration for his continental hit single, 'All Eyes On Me' at the 2015 African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA), which took place in Dallas, Texas in early October.

AFRIMMA is an award show celebrating the beauty of African music and artistry. The award show honours some of Africa's top music artists, producers and cultural influencers.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my loyal fan base throughout the continent and in my own country who voted for me at the 2015 AFRIMMAs," said the fired up rap star. "International accolades serve to recognise the growing influence of African music around the globe. As always, I am very proud to represent my country at the highest level. Thank you once again, it's the start of many great things to come!"

It's positive to see Mzansi rappers being recognised and celebrated on a global stage, but it's also important to look at local music in context. AKA hardly makes 'African' music, and this song particularly is strongly influenced by 2Pac's hit song 'All Eyez On Me', the title track off the album with the self-same title All Eyez On Me (1997), which is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest rap albums of all time.

Apart from AKA's music being strongly Americanized, he also failed to acknowledge or even reference 2Pac in the song, despite appropriating Pac's ideas. AKA's sound and lyrical content fails to speak of a strong African identity and it's high time we start celebrating artists that stay true to their roots.  

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