It’s a sad day for the South African music scene as the King of the South, Kiernan Forbes, aka AKA, has passed away at the tender age of 35. The news of his death, which occurred after he was shot in Durban, Florida road alongside his friend Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane, has left the hip hop community in mourning.
AKA was more than just a rapper, he was a songwriting mastermind, an entrepreneur, and a trailblazer in the South African hip hop scene. This young man from Cape Town and Johannesburg rose to fame with his group Entity, which received a KORA nomination in 2002. After the group disbanded, he went on to study sound engineering and co-founded The I.V League, which was home to some of South Africa’s biggest hip hop stars. AKA’s solo career took off in 2009 with the release of “In My Walk,” “I Do,” and “Mistakes,” but it wasn’t until his hit single “Victory Lap” in 2010 that he became a household name.
AKA’s talent was unrivaled, and it earned him numerous accolades, including a Metro FM Award for Best Hip Hop Album, a South African Music Award for Best Male Artist of the Year, and even a Namibia Annual Music Award for Pan African Artist of the Year. He was also a hit at the MTV Africa Music Awards, the South African Hip Hop Awards, and the Metro FM Music Awards.
Aside from his musical achievements, AKA’s love life was also a hot topic in the media. His relationship with DJ Zinhle was tumultuous, to say the least, and his engagement to aspiring chef Anele Tembe ended tragically with her untimely death.
AKA leaves behind his parents, Tony and Lynn Forbes, his daughter Kairo Owethu Forbes, and his brother Steffan Forbes. His impact on the South African hip hop scene and the music industry as a whole will forever be remembered. Rest in peace, AKA, you will be missed.