It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to AKA, Kiernan Forbes, who passed away on February 10th 2023. His death came as a shock to the South African music industry and to his fans all over the world.
Kiernan Forbes, better known by his stage name AKA, is a South African rapper whose talent and impact on the music industry in his country and beyond is undeniable. AKA has not only been successful in creating music that resonates with his fans, but he has also used his platform to speak out on issues affecting his community and has become a role model for young people.
From his early days as part of the hip-hop group Entity, AKA's talent was evident. He quickly made a name for himself with hits such as "Victory Lap" and "All I Know." But it was his debut album "Altar Ego" that really put him on the map. The album was a huge success and garnered him several awards, including the Best Male Artist at the 18th South African Music Awards.
Throughout his career, AKA has shown that he is not afraid to speak his mind and tackle controversial topics through his music. He has used his platform to address issues such as police brutality, social inequality, and political corruption. In 2016, he released a single titled "One Time" that addressed the issue of xenophobia in South Africa, calling for unity and tolerance.
Apart from his music, AKA is also a successful businessman, having launched his own record label and clothing line. He has also been a brand ambassador for several companies, further demonstrating his versatility and entrepreneurial skills. But beyond his music and business success, AKA has also been a source of inspiration to many young people in South Africa. He has been vocal about the importance of education and has used his platform to encourage young people to pursue their dreams and believe in themselves.
Kiernan Forbes, aka AKA, has made an indelible mark on the music industry in South Africa and beyond. His talent, business acumen, and activism have made him a role model for many young people. A true icon and a warm tribute to South Africa. The loss of such a talented artist and influential figure has left a void in the hearts of many. AKA's music will continue to resonate with fans for years to come, and his (Mega)cy will undoubtedly live on.
We send our deepest condolences to AKA's family, friends, and fans during this difficult time. The entire country mourns his passing, and we honour his contributions to South African music and culture.