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Is 2016 the year @AKAworldwide truly goes global?

Jul 4 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 630 | Comments: 0

BBC Radio 1Xtra just confirmed what we already knew - 2016 is going to be a big year for AKA.

The UK radio show featured the Baddest rapper on its #HotFor2016 list. 

1Xtra DJs and staff selected 15 international acts to watch in 2016.

Artists who made the list in the past have gone on to make big waves in the music industry.

AKA is the only South African musician on the list, and of course "Supa Mega" is thrilled. 

“This [is] a huge honor for me as there are so many big stars today who have cracked this nod before they blew up on the world stage. I have always been about taking my music and my country to a new level and this is only the beginning. Thank you,” he said following the news," he wrote on Instagram.

2015 was a great year for the rapper, and it looks like 2016 is going to be even bigger.

He scooped three nominations for the 2016 Metro FM Awards

AKA "Supa Mega" is being billed to perform in New York as ‘South Africa’s #1 rap artist’ ahead of his US tour.

When you choose a Twitter handle like @akaworldwide you’re clearly setting yourself up for success. This past weekend, AKA might have been the only African artist to perform at the BET Experience event, where he performed on the main stage that featured the likes of Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon and Rae Sremmurd – but its the aftermath that’s really the important story. The South African will now be performing in New York on July 4, the all-important Independence Day in the US, which will just be a taster for his upcoming US tour. AKA is set to tour through America later this year. 

The venue, Everyday People, has become a mega New York hangout, largely catering to black urbanites in the Big Apple, so AKA’s inclusion for the venue’s 4th of July celebrations comes as no suprise. The event is being marketed as the Everyday Afrique party. 

The Facebook page for the event reads: “Featuring all the newest African sounds, wickedest Caribbean vibes and the freshest tunes from the diaspora as a whole. Expect Naija, Dancehall, Soca, Kwaito, Kuduro, Favela Funk and more. Additionally we have a special live performance by South Africa’s #1 rap artist AKA.” 

Supa Mega is already confirmed as one of the headlining acts at this year’s s Rocking The Daisies festival. 

AKA’s single One Time is also still on the playlist of BBC 1 Xtra in the UK as well as on high rotation on radio stations across Africa and locally. With One Time, AKA shows his versatility as a musician to be able to compete on a global platform and being the only African based artist featured earlier this year on the coveted BBC Radio 1Xtra’s HOT FOR 2016 list.

As a prolific, and often contraverisal, member of the South African Twitterati, you can rest assured that Twitter will break once AKA announces tour dates in the US.

 AKA. Photo: Gallo Images / Frennie Shivambu

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