Before all of the angry tweets and social media rants, Burna Boy and South African rapper, AKA used to be pretty cool with each other.
Okay, let’s backtrack a bit.
We all know Burna Boy. He’s one of Nigeria’s biggest musical exports and has even gotten a Grammy award nomination for his 2019 album, African Giant. Burna Boy can be a tad controversial, (especially on social media!) but his fans definitely love him for the great music he makes.
AKA is a popular South African rapper with four studio albums under his belt. He is pretty well known in Nigeria because of his musical collaborations with Nigerian artistes like Wande Coal and Ice Prince. AKA has also won several awards and gained lots of recognition for his work
In July 2019, AKA shared some frustrated tweets about the South African football team losing to the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations. Unfortunately, when the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in South Africa came to light in September 2019, those tweets were misinterpreted as being xenophobic.
If you remember, things were pretty heated up in that period. Burna Boy came on Twitter to condemn the xenophobic acts and then threatened to not visit South Africa anymore.
‘I personally have had my own xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans and because of that…I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.’
Things escalated really quick and ended with him sharing some angry tweets at AKA, dissing him and threatening to beat him up.
And @akaworldwide I knew you was retarded but I didn’t know it had gotten this bad. Next time I see you, you better have a big security bro, On Gambos Grave ur gunna need it.”
We don’t know if the tweets were the entire cause of the fight, but they have been at odds ever since that episode.
AKA and Burna Boy went back and forth at each other, and AKA even tweeted that Burna Boy should apologise to South Africans before visiting Pretoria for a performance in November 2019.
But as we mentioned, Burna Boy and AKA used to be really cool with each other before all of this drama happened.
They made great music together and collectively collaborated with other artistes on songs like, ‘All Eyes On Me’, ‘Birthday’ with Kid X and Da L.E.S, ‘Special Someone’ with Sarkodie, and a few others.
And now? The two stars are billed to perform at the Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home – a two-hour live-streamed concert holding on May 25, 2020. The show was organised to raise funds to help children and families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The show will be hosted by Idris Elba and will be uniting a line-up of the biggest African music stars like Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, and AKA. Even though the Africa Day Concert will be a virtual concert, this
Will AKA and Burna Boy leave the past behind and unite to give us an electrifying performance? Well, we definitely hope so.
What do you think?
Submitted by: BHM