Cashtime boss comes out to defend AKA’s stance on ‘international artists’

12 April 2016 - 16:32 By Kyle Zeeman

Rapper AKA has found an ally in his fight against event organisers who treat local artists less than their international counterparts. The rapper‚ whose real name is Kiernan Forbes‚ issued a statement on Monday to announce that that he will no longer be performing at the upcoming Back to The City music festival‚ after events organisers apparently failed to treat him on the same level as an international act.Shots fired! AKA pulls out of Back To The CityUnfortunately I will no longer be performing at #Back2TheCity. See statement below. — AKA (@akaworldwide) April 11, 2016junk“I consider myself an International act. I have the tours‚ awards‚ following and most importantly the live show and music to prove it. With all due respect to Elzhi‚ Jay Live‚ Skyzoo & Camp Lo‚ I will not allow an artist like myself to be reduced to a minor detail‚” the rapper wrote in a lengthy statement posted to his Twitter account.AKA reveals how 'bae' changed his lifeThe statement caused widespread debate among fans and social media users‚ including Cashtime Life co-founder‚ Thabiso Khati.In an Instagram post on Tuesday morning‚ Khati wrote:A photo posted by @thabiso on Apr 11, 2016 at 11:07pm PDTjunkThabiso added that it was not fair to hold these international artists so high against SA’s“These dudes can hardly get 2 thousand people at their own shows in their country and yet we want to hold them high like they are some Hip Hop saviours‚ when in reality they have not done anything amazing in their entire career.”This latest jab at the Back To The City organisers comes in the wake of AKA’s announcement that he would be pulling out of the popular music festival‚ despite being listed as one of the artists on the show’s line-up‚ amidst an ongoing disagreement with the event’s promoters.Several attempts to contact Back To The City proved unsuccessful.

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