AKA Speaks On Cultural Appropriation

The issue of cultural appropriation captured the interest of South Africa’s music orbit following the success of Costa Titch’s “Made In Africa” album.

Costa Titch is a white South African rapper and dancer who uses kasi lingo in his songs for good effect. Some music lovers were unimpressed by this use, accusing him of cultural appropriation.

Their argument is, if you’re not a black South African, why use elements of black culture in your songs? Well Costa Tich has got many supporters. Among those who had supported him in the use of cultural appropriation are the Family Tree rapper Cassper Nyovest (who Costa Titch works for as a dancer), the lyricist Stogie T, and Maraza, another notable muso.

The latest to rise to Costa Titch;s defence is the “Casino” chief AKA. In a tweet a day ago, the songster wondered why Costa Titch should be accused of cultural appropriation when South African hip hop is itself an appropriation of American culture.

It looks like the debate on the “cultural appropriation” issues is just beginning.

Well, what do you think of AKA’s take on the subject? You might want to join the conversation by dropping your thoughts in the comment section below.

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