Cayene Restaurant and lounge was last night lit when South African multi-award winning rapper Kiernan Jarryd Forbes also known by his stage name AKA, made a special guest appearance at the Bukoto-based hangout as he celebrated his 31st birthday in style with his fans in Uganda.
The exclusive celebrations were part of his birthday tour dubbed the ‘Bhovomania Birthday World Tour’ as he jetted in the country on Wednesday morning to catch up with his fans, some of the influential people in the music industry, as well as media personnel to promote his new album.
This tour will also see him visiting major cities in the UAE and East Africa.
The private invite-only party was more of a mix and mingle affair for the rapper who is also a record producer, songwriter and businessman.
Powered by Johnnie Walker Uganda, the gates to the party at Cayenne were opened at 7pm although the guests took their time to start popping in probably because it was a week day. It was not until 11pm when everyone seemed to pour in at the same time to fill in the small dance floor and bar areas.
AKA made his grand stage appearance at 11:45 after local rapper Timothy Code and DJ Bright had kept the crowd engaged from around 8pm. The South African however did not go straight into performing but rather took a seat reserved for him at the stage alongside his DJ who mixed his songs.
The rapper only made occasional stage step-ups when his popular songs like ‘The Saga’, ‘All Eyes On Me’, Sim Dope and ’Baddest’ were played. He joined the frenzied fans who rapped along with him while picking up the catchy syncs along the way.
Then close to 1AM, the Grind Master then cut a cake and served to the fans before he was given a beautiful portrait painting of himself.
There were sound glitches here and there, and although he showed his displeasure at some point, he kept on with the vibe till around 1pm when he went off stage for some face to face interviews with media.
Comedian Patrick ‘Salvado’ Idringi did some free style rap and Timothy Code resumed with his job of animating the crowd as the party continued till deep in the night.
The Prince of South African Rap has a number of International awards to his name including “Best Street Urban Music Album” and “Male Artist of the Year” at the 18th South African Music Awards (SAMA) and yesterday’s massive turn up showed he also has a big following in the country despite the event being an exclusive one.