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AKA leaves Mubas without sneakers

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Renowned South African rapper AKA, real name Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, left Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (Mubas) Social Weekend in Blantyre on Saturday without his sneakers.

It was a long wait for the audience, dominated by students and young people, to sample AKA’s performance as he jumped on stage in the early hours of Sunday, joining Gemini Major.

The singer, songwriter and record producer, who was performing in the country for the third time, in his excitement and having fun, threw himself into the audience and he later could be heard shouting “don’t take my shoe”.

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AKA came out of the audience without one of his sneakers and, so, he just decided to release the other one and remained with his orange socks.

This, however, did not keep him out of his musical pace as he continued his exploits, with the audience singing along to most of the tracks that he offered.

He interacted with the audience throughout his session and collaborated with Gemini Major in some moments.

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Zikomo Blantyre, Zikomo (Thank you Blantyre thank you),” AKA said at one moment attracting cheers from the audience.

AKA, who left the country yesterday morning, departed Mubas Ground in his orange socks around 3am, with the audience still longing for more.

On a day when there were several activities in the commercial city including Third Eye’s concert at Robin’s Park, which received a poor audience despite having a strong line-up, the performances at the Social Weekend delayed to start with DJs Nathan Tunes and Flames warming up the stage.

In the early hours, it looked as if not many people would make it to the venue but, by the time it got to midnight, a lot of people had made their way in.

The audience lacked discipline on the showery night as they tussled with security personnel with an aim of removing the barricades that had been mounted to restrict them from getting close to the stage and they succeeded in overpowering them especially when AKA was performing.

Nyasa Music Group partnered Mubas Entercom to bring AKA to the social weekend.

Before Gemini Major, whose set saw him collaborating with Hayze Engolah and Achina Gatta Ase and AKA took to the stage, the impressive audience enjoyed other performances from Spyral, Charisma, Afana Ceez, Charisma, Don Tarz and Kell Kay.

Nyasa Music Group Director James Makunje described the event as a success although he admitted that there were some challenges as regards discipline of students.

“Students somehow lacked discipline and we could have avoided this. There were some incidents that happened but were part of the fun and, so, we cannot complain much,” Makunje said.

On the delay to start the performances, Makunje said it was the culture of the Social Weekend.

“With Social Weekend, the culture is phungwe and, so, we were forced to follow that. We came around 11:30pm and so we could not go in early,” he said.

Makunje, whose outfit has brought in several South African acts in the country, said people should watch the space for more surprises from them.

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