South African rap star AKA, has emerged as the only African artist featured on the BBC Radio 1Xtra Hot for 2016 list. BBC Radio 1Xtra announced the 15 acts from the world of black music and underground sounds that they tip for big things in 2016, in the station’s annual Hot For list.
The Cape Town-born, Johannesburg-based rapper AKA, is joined by artists Bryson Tiller, Bugzy Malone, Izzy Bizu, J Hus, Kehlani, Kiko Bun, Kojey Radical, Mabel, Nao, Samm Henshaw, Section Boyz, Vershon, WSTRN and Yungen.
Chosen by 1Xtra’s DJs and production staff, 1Xtra’s Hot For list introduces listeners to some of the artists the station predicts to be big on the scene over the next 12 months. Previous artists to feature in the Hot For list include Krept & Konan (2014), Sam Smith (2014), Ella Eyre (2014), The Weeknd (2013), Disclosure (2013), Frank Ocean (2012), Wretch 32 (2011) and Wiz Khalifa (2011).
AKA is not only the most played artist on South African radio, but he crossed over to the UK with his hits ‘All Eyes On Me’ and ‘Baddest’ added to the official playlist on various international radio stations.