Earlier this week I read an article on how South African Hip Hop sensation (I like his music) AKA, complained about how local artists do not get the same level of treatment as their international counterparts. He experienced this after performing at this year’s Miller Boomtown event with American Hip Hop recording artist, Kendrick Lamar, as the headline act. Click on this line to read the article.
I totally agree with AKA about the point he made regarding the quality of the stage sound when they perform. I’ve always noticed that the quality of the sound for the opening act is not as good as the headline act’s sound, and this is across various music genres… and I thought this was the norm.
On the other hand, I have also seen how unprofessional some of the South African musicians can behave by doing sound checks just before the start of their performance, and not early with no people in the venue.
South Africa’s top party band (who play covers) Dr Victory and the Rasta Rebels, is the best example of what it means to a be a professional band. Many years ago, they decided not to risk the quality of their live performance sound and bought their own high quality sound equipment and they employ a full-time sound engineer.
I strongly recommend that AKA and other South African musicians or Hip Hop performers make sure that they have qualified sound engineer in their posse.