My advice to AKA after his “ Twitter rant over “ Kendrick Lamar show

Posted on Updated on


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.

Dr Victory and the Rasta Rebels,
Dr Victory and the Rasta Rebels,

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.


3 thoughts on “My advice to AKA after his “ Twitter rant over “ Kendrick Lamar show

    inmisi said:
    February 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Totally agree with you, love the blog by the way.

      siraajcassiem responded:
      February 14, 2014 at 9:05 am

      thanks for reading my blog. cheers

    Lucky Mereki said:
    February 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Bets advise ever. If you have your own engineer who oversees things when you perform, you will always sound the way you want. He doesn’t have to take over the mixing. But he can advise the head engineer on what you want. Big shows have head engineers and assistants, so they can’t let every performer bring their own engineers who might change things, which can cause a big problem when the big artist gets on stage.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s