- AKA has taken to social media to slam the South African government for abandoning entertainers
- The rapper said that many of them are struggling during lockdown due to a lack of gigs and work
- Social media users had mixed reactions to his rant; while some sympathised, others mocked him for being broke
AKA has taken to social media to call out the government for abandoning the entertainment industry amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The rapper said that many are struggling and he too is panicking because he is down to his last million.
AKA has been vocal about how the pandemic and subsequent lockdown have negatively affected entertainers. He said that they are no longer getting bills and not making any money. When a social media user asked AKA if he was broke, he responded:
"Yah well, I’m down to my last million. So yeah I’m panicking."
Although it was likely said in jest, the rapper went to tell the sombre story of how his industry peers are struggling. He said:
"My friend, one of my band members lost a close close relative of his this past week ... we haven’t had a show in four months. Financially, it’s a mess."
He called out the veteran entertainers for not speaking out, saying:
"All these people we call “OG’s” in the music industry are quiet... with regards to how to lead us during this pandemic. An absolute void of leadership. What is to become of our artists and their livelihoods?"
Social media users had mixed reactions about his rant. Twitter user AmieMbhele said:
"I feel sorry for the artists who depend on gigs in order to put a plate on the table."
"I was reading regulations of another African country, they have started easing for entertainment industry to start having shows, 75 people in attendance. I'm not sure if the idea will work in SA since we have discipline issues but you're right, something needs to be done."
"Chief the government doesn't owe you anything."
"I thought WHO paid you well nje Mr Super Mega, what happened?"
In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that AKA has responded to Scoop's comments about him and other rappers needing to take a break from releasing music.
The Fela In Versace hitmaker did not take kindly to the media personality's words and clapped back brutally. AKA slammed the comments and said nobody owes anyone anything. The clearly irritated rapper said:
“When I FORCED my way into this industry, I had to do it amongst some of the greatest names SA has ever seen."
Scoop Makhathini believes AKA, Cassper and Kwesta should go a year without releasing anything. The media personality was speaking in a Popcast shared on Twitter. The footage resulted in Scoop's name trending on the social media platform.
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