In what’s a first in South African hip-hop, and possibly South African music, AKA‘s 2016 single “Dreamwork,” which features Yanga Chief, has been certified five times diamond by RiSA. The announcement was made at a private event in a fancy restaurant somewhere in the north of Joburg.
On the night, it was also announced that “One Time,” a single AKA released in the same year, has also gone diamond. “The World is Yours” (2017) and “Caiphus Song” (2017) have also both gone eight times platinum. “The said that song was rubbish,” AKA chipped in about “Caiphus Song.”
“I would like to thank Yanga Chief, me and him did a lot of hard work on these songs. And also, thanks to Vth Season—Benza and Ninel, Tshiamo. And obviously, Sony,” said the artist and producer.
This is a big year for AKA (just like all other years since 2011). His sophomore album Levels (2014) was certified seven times platinum in July. The album has also amassed over 11.9 million video views and 28 million combined streams.
AKA’s latest album Touch My Blood (2018) was certified double platinum in March.
Platinum status is equivalent to 30,000 copies in South Africa. Diamond is ten times that, so “Dreamwork” has moved at least 1,5 million in sales. “One Time” has moved more than 300,000 copies and “The World is Yours” and “Caiphus Song” have each moved at least 240,000. Serious numbers, if you ask us.
AKA is currently working on a new album, which is believed to be coming this year. Last week, Supa Mega released two singles “Main Ou’s” featuring YoungstaCPT and “F.R.E.E” which features Riky Rick and DJ Tira.