Tranquility was the initial vibe amongst AKA’s fans at the iconic conference centre in Kwa Zulu Natal, Durban International Convention Centre(ICC).
The initial turnout was worrying, especially since the man of the moment is supremely loved and supported by his legions of fans.
Once the music equipment had been ensembled on stage, an array of well esteemed DJ’s kept the crowd warmed up ’til the final moment. 5FM DJ and former Live Amp presenter, DJ Warras churned out some classic house music. DJ Wobbly definitely struck a chord with the crowd. He had an impressive set comprising of myriad of classic hip hop tunes.
Looking like a superstar that he is (Shades and All), DJ Tira took over shortly after Wobbly. The lighting during Tira’s set was just too nice!. He secured the services of Prince Bulo and a drummer, which added such a cool and different vibe to the songs that he played.
DJ Tira’s presence literally got everyone on their feet. During his set, the legendary DJ spoke a bit about the importance of supporting each other in life. And true to his word, he introduced the former Idols contestants, Viggy and Virginia Qwabe – much to the excitement of the crowd.
Tira included other artists in his set including, Beast, Tipcee, Dladla Mshunqisi and his dancers, who I believe were the concert’s highlight – after AKA, of course.
The most part of the show was hosted by Gagasi FM radio host and former Uzalo actor, Khaya Dladla. This is another one that had the crowd enthralled.
Award-winning rapper, Nomuzi Mabena came through almost towards the end of the show and introduced, Riky Rick, DJ Zinhle and AKA.
The Sidlukotini hitmaker is energy personified. One could have sworn that it was his concert!
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DJ Zinhle was introduced right before AKA. She came through on stage rocking a neon outfit. The mother of one was definitely having fun as she danced away! …. It was a sweet moment when she brought out Kiaro on stage! Ncaww!
….And then the moment that everyone had been waiting for finally arrived. The incomparable AKA graced the stage shortly after a few technical glitches.
The opening song was a firm favourite of mine – Sim Dope! It was this opening that set the tone for the remainder of the show.
The visuals on screen were carefully thought out, relevant and correlated with all the songs.
There is no denying that AKA has his heart and soul firmly placed in his work. His authenticity definitely shone throughout his performance.
The Fully In hitmaker’s energy was contagious and every-time he told the crowd ‘I Love You and Thank You’, we certainly believed him.
As much as majority of the show was incredibly outstanding, there were some elements of it that didn’t quite live up to the expectations. Unfortunately, the Orchestra aspect wasn’t fully represented in the performance, as one could hardly hear any symphonic note at the back.
Although AKA’s personal energy was electrifying, genuine and wholesome, it somehow contradicted that of his entire show – something felt amiss.
A possibility that came to mind was that perhaps there were some last minute or prolonged disagreements with the powers that be? Songs such as Touch My Blood, Fully In, All I know, Reset, Star Signs were not performed.
Again, this gave a sense that the show was a tad rushed.
This was AKA’s night but it just felt like there were too many prohibitions, which might have led to the condensation of the concert. Also, the venue wasn’t filled to its capacity – which was quite strange because AKA is one artist that doesn’t struggle to pull a crowd.
A Twitter user by the handle, @Sithe_daGti posted the following video, which was not a true representation of the crowd numbers as many started joining in the fun when AKA jumped on stage
True members of the Megacy (AKA’s loyal fans) came through HARD, despite other crowd pulling events around the same area!
Main Image Credit:Instagram/@akaworldwide