With nearly a decade of experience and hits, there’s little debate surrounding AKA’s consistency and crossover potential. On his fourth album Touch My Blood, he continues to shape South African hip-hop. He displays his bona fide lyricism over the stabbing bass and dramatic percussion of “StarSigns”—where he exhorts his fellow SA rappers to take pride in their African heritage. But he can switch lanes and add soulful pop elements, too, like the Auto-Tuned sonics and synth hooks of “Caiphus Song” and the boogie-funk seduction of “Sweet Fire”.

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OkayAfrica

16 Jul 2018
8.0
"Touch My Blood lives up to its title. Apart from boasting the man's most ambitious and experimental songs, it's a body of work that introduces you to the man behind one of the biggest names in South African music." ...
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Moziak

26 Jun 2018
6.0
"Touch My Blood feels like an appropriate title given how much you get a sense of the unsettledness, larger-than-life-persona and boundless ego of this conflicted genius." ...
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City Press

17 Jun 2018
5.0
"This album is straight-up pop... [and] the records sound disjointed." ...
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The Citizen

15 Jun 2018
4.0
"AKA’s latest platter probably won’t win over any new fans, but by the sounds of things, he doesn’t care." ...

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Play Length:

1:21:59

Producer(s):

Tweezy, Tazzy & Master A Flat, AKA, Gemini Major, Buks, Kiddominant

Format:

Standard CD, Digital Download

Tracklist:

1. Touch My Blood
2. Fully In
3. Beyonce
4. Reset (feat. JR & Okmalumkoolkat)
5. Amen (feat. L-Tido)
6. Magriza (feat. Kwesta)
7. Sweet Fire
8. Caiphus Song
9. Fela In Versace (feat. Kiddominant)
10. Zone
11. Jika (feat. Yanga Chief)
12. The World Is Yours
13. Me and You
14. StarSigns (feat. Stogie T)
15. Mame (feat. JR)
16. Daddy Issues ll

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