le rappeur Kiernan Forbes, plus connu sous le nom de AKA a été tué par balles à la sortie d’un restaurant à l’âge de 35 ans.
Forbes was born in 1988. In 2002, Forbes, alongside his two friends Vice Versa and Greyhound, formed a hip hop group called Entity. The group received a nomination for a KORA Award in the Best African Hip Hop category. Entity disbanded in 2006 and Forbes went on to study sound engineering. In 2006, Forbes co-founded the production collective The I.V League alongside two other members. The I.V League made production credits for several artists, including Khuli Chana, ProKid and JR. In 2009, he released three singles: “In My Walk”, “I Do”, and “Mistakes”.
On 28 July 2010, Forbes released “I Want It All”, which is the lead single from his debut studio album, Altar Ego. The album also pre-released two singles which were “All I Know” and “Victory Lap”. “Victory Lap” was successful as it topped South African local radio charts. Alter Ego was then released on 23 August 2011. The album was certified gold by RiSA for its commercial success. The album won several accolades, including the 2011 Metro FM Awards for Best Hip Hop Album. Forbes won Best Male Artist of the Year at the 2012 South African Music Awards.
2014–2017: Levels and Be Careful What You Wish For
Forbes released his second album, titled Levels, on 30 June 2014. The album was supported by four singles: “Jealousy”, “Kontrol” (featuring Da L.E.S), “Congratulate” and “Run Jozi (Godly)” which features KO and Yanga. The album was certified platinum in 2014, and double platinum in 2018 by RiSA.
On 2 December 2016, Forbes released the lead single “The World is Yours” from his third studio album. With the delay of its release, Forbes collaborated with associated act Anatii in composing the album, Be Careful What You Wish For. The album was released on 28 July 2017, with a positive response from critics. It was supported by three singles: “10 Fingers”, “Don’t Forget To Pray” and “Holy Mountain”.
2018–2019: Touch My Blood
With the pre-release of “The World is Yours” in 2016, Forbes also pre-released songs including “Caiphus Song”, “Star Signs” (featuring Stogie T) and “Sweet Fire” in supporting the release of his third album, Touch My Blood. Concerning the album’s front cover, Forbes took to Twitter to announce a contest for graphic designers to design the artwork for his album, using his clear face portrait. As numerous entries were sent, Forbes chose the winner named Taonga, who received an internship with Beam Group. Fifteen days before its release, he released the controversial single “Beyonce” which was a dismissive song dedicated to his past partner Bonang Matheba.
Touch My Blood was then released on 15 June 2018 as it was set to release on 25 May 2018 but then delayed for taking time in building its promotion. The album was certified platinum then later certified double platinum by RiSA as for 2019. Touch My Blood’s sixth single “Fela in Versace” featuring Kiddominant received higher commercial success compared to the other singles. The album features guest appearances from fellow South African artists including L-Tido, JR, Yanga Chief, Stogie T, Kwesta and Okmalumkoolkat, as well as Nigerian artist and producer Kiddominant.
In April 2020, Forbes alongside vodka brand Cruz launched a watermelon-flavoured drink with his initial on the bottles.
2020–2022: Bhovamania, Mass Country
On 6 November 2021, AKA’s Extended Play Bhovamania was released. The EP was supported by four singles: “Energy”, “Python”, “Monuments” and “Cross My Heart”. At the tenth ceremony of the South African Hip Hop Awards, he received a nomination for Artist of the Decade.
In early September 2022, AKA announced plans for his upcoming fourth studio album Mass Country on Instagram. The Nasty C-assisted track “Lemons [Lemonade]” was released on 16 September 2022, as the album’s lead single. The song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).
Forbes began dating producer DJ Zinhle at the end of 2014. After receiving several South African Hip Hop Awards accolades, Zinhle hinted at their relationship by tweeting “Congratulations to my winner”. The couple have a daughter named Kairo Olwethu Forbes, born in 2015. In August 2015, Forbes and Zinhle split after it was revealed that Forbes allegedly cheated on Zinhle with television presenter Bonang Matheba. As Forbes and Matheba denied the allegations, they declared as they revealed their relationship in 2016. Forbes and Matheba broke up in December 2017. However, Forbes and Zinhle got back together in late 2018, although later in 2019 they broke up again.
Following the death of Tembe, reports emerged that Forbes had been on drugs. He issued a public statement in response saying he would not be drawn into exposing their troubles as a couple to defend himself against “one-sided views”. The rapper’s statement came in the wake of a News24 report, which claimed to have seen images where Forbes can be seen using his hands to violently break down a wooden door to enter the bedroom in their apartment in Bryanston, Johannesburg, where Tembe was hiding. The incident allegedly took place on 13 March 2021, almost a month before her death.
- Bhovamania (2020)
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award Ceremony||Prize||Recipient/Nominated work||Result||Notes|
|2012||18th South African Music Awards||Best Male Artist||Altar Ego||Won|
|2013||Channel O Africa Music Video Awards||Most Gifted Hip Hop||Himself||Nominated|
|2014||African Muzik Magazine Awards||Best Male, Southern Africa||Nominated|
|Best Rap Act||Nominated|
|MTV Africa Music Awards||Best Hip Hop||Nominated|
|Channel O Africa Music Video Awards||Most Gifted Hip Hop||Nominated|
|2015||African Muzik Magazine Awards||Best Male Southern Africa||Won|
|MTV Africa Music Awards||Best Collaboration||Won|
|21st South African Music Awards||Best Male Artist||Levels||Won|
|Kora Awards||Best African Hip Hop||Nominated|
|BET Awards||Best International Act (Africa)||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best African Act||Nominated|
|M.O.B.O. Awards||Best International Act (Africa)|
|4th South African Hip Hop Awards||Best Collaboration||AKA – Baddest (featuring Burna Boy, Khuli Chana and Yanga)||Nominated|
|Anatii – The Saga (featuring AKA)||Won|
|Most Valuable Artist||
|Most Digital Sales||Won|
|Song of the Year||Anatii – The Saga (featuring AKA)||Won|
|AKA – Baddest||Won|
|Video of the Year||AKA – All Eyes on Me||Nominated|
|Anatii – The Saga (featuring AKA)||Won|
|Da L.E.S – P.A.I.D (featuring AKA and Burna Boy)||Nominated|
|AKA – Sim Dope||Nominated|
|2016||15th Metro FM Music Awards||Best Collaboration||AKA – Baddest (featuring Burna Boy, Khuli Chana and Yanga)||Won|
|Best Hit Single||Won|
|Best Remix||AKA – Baddest Remix (featuring Fifi Cooper, Rouge, Moozlie and Gigi Lamayne)||Nominated|
|22nd South African Music Awards||Best Collaboration||AKA – All Eyes on Me (featuring Redsan, Burna Boy and Stonebwoy)||Nominated|
|Best Remix.||AKA – Baddest (featuring Fifi Cooper, Rouge, Moozlie and Gigi Lamayne)||Nominated|
|BET Awards 2016||Best International Act||Nominated|
|2017||BET Awards 2017||Best International Act||Himself||Nominated|
|2019||2019 Kids’ Choice Awards||Favourite South African Star||Himself||Won|
|BET Awards 2019||Himself||Nominated|
|Namibia Annual Music Awards 2019||Pan African Artist of the Year||Won|
|2020||26th South African Music Awards||Music Video of the Year||AKA – Jika ft YangaChief||Won|
|2021||MTV Africa Music Awards 2021||Best Lockdown Performance||Himself|||
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- “Hip-hop Entity making waves”. IOL.
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- “The Story of How Pro Gave AKA & IV League Their Biggest Break”. OkayAfrica. 17 August 2018.
- “A.K.A – Alter Ego”. Livemag.
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- “Newcomers dominate at Metro awards”. TimesLIVE.
- “AKA – Levels album review”. Livemag.
- “AKA’s LEVELS album goes Platinum”. People.
- “AKA celebrates reaching the top position on SA radio charts”. East Coast Radio.
- Mphuthi, Pearl. “AKA’s The World Is Yours”. People. Archived from the original on 1 May 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- “AKA and Anatii drop ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ album”. East Coast Radio.
- “AKA announces winner of Touch My Blood challenge, reveals album covers”. Political Analysis. 9 May 2018.
- “AKA drops major files on #Beyonce & the internet is a mess”. TimesLIVE.
- “AKA postpones Touch My Blood album release to 15 June 2018”. Political Analysis South Africa. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- “AKA’S ALBUM GOES DOUBLE PLATINUM”. Daily Sun.
- “AKA celebrates reaching the top position on SA radio charts”. Political Analysis. 7 August 2018.
- “WATCH | AKA owns the WWE ring with his spicy raps”. TimesLIVE.
- “The 2018 Comedy Central Roast of AKA”. Joburg. 8 January 2019.
- “AKA Launches Signature Cruz Vodka”. HuffPost.
- “Listen to AKA’s New EP ‘Bhovamania’ Featuring Sho Madjozi, Flvme, K.O, Grandmaster Ready D and More – OkayAfrica”. OkayAfrica. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
- Bukola (2 November 2021). “Full list of 2021 SA Hip Hop Awards nominees | Fakaza News”. Fakaza News. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
- Israel A, John (3 September 2022). “AKA’s “Mass Country” Album Is Ready Finally”. Ubetoo.
- Banda, Clive. “AKA Shares Trailer For LEMONS (LEMONADE) Ft Nasty C”. South African Hip Hop Magazine. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
- “AKA’s “Lemons” Goes Gold”. ZAlebs. 30 September 2022. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
- “Rapper AKA and Dj Zinhle Finally Make Their Relationship Official”. OkMzansi. 18 December 2014.
- “8 times birthday girl Kairo was the most adorable celeb tot ever”. News24.
- “The year that was for AKA, Zinhle and Bonang”. Channel24.
- “AKA finally speaks out on Bonang split”. The Citizen. February 2018.
- “AKA AND DJ ZINHLE BACK TOGETHER”. Daily Sun.
- “AKA Is Engaged 💍”. Bellanaija.com. 22 February 2021. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
- “AKA ‘inconsolable’, Anele Tembe’s family confirms her ‘untimely passing'”. News24.com. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- “AKA responds to reports of ‘violence and drugs’ in his relationship with Nelli Tembe”. SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
- Bhengu, Lwandile. “PICS | Rapper AKA broke down a door to get to Anele Tembe – a month before her death”. News24. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
- Peters, Mitchell (11 February 2023). “Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes, South African Rapper, Shot and Killed at 35”. Billboard. Retrieved 11 February 2023.
- Solomons, Jeff Wicks, Nkosikhona Duma and Lisalee. “Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes killed in Durban nightclub shooting”. News24. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
- “See Nominees for the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) 2014”. Bellanaija. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- “Home – Samasama”. Samusicawards.co.za. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- “AKA, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Black Coffee NOMINATED for 2016 BET Awards and more African artists”. theedgesearch.com. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- “MTV Africa Music Awards 2021: All the nominees”. Music In Africa. 27 January 2021. Retrieved 1 July 2021.