South Africa and the world is in deep mourning following the death of hip-hop star AKA whose real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes. Supamega also touched the souls of international artists who also crossed paths with him. International Talib Kweli artists also paid his respects to Kiernan and referred to him as a legend in the history of South African hip-hop.
“AKA really set the bar high for South African hip-hop and I remember him because he was always so gracious with me. I just performed with him at the Back To The City Festival in Johannesburg, his energy was amazing. South Africa has a special place in my heart; it saddens me to see our young kings losing their lives this way.” Kweli said.
AKA met his untimely death alongside his long -time friend Tibello Tibz Motsoane in KwaZulu-Natal’s Florida over the weekend after they were gunned down outside the club that Supamega was scheduled to perform.
The news was announced on AKA’s social media channels by his parents Tony and Lynn Forbes who have asked for some privacy and space to process the ordeal that is a hard pill to swallow.
African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Fikile Mbalula told the media of his believe that the hip-hop star was assassinated; further adding that he is confident the police will crack the case.
“We cannot make speculations, but we know that AKA was assassinated, and this was a calculated hit. We therefore urge anyone with information on the murder to come forward with it so to assist the investigation. We believe in the capacity of the police to dig deep and get the killers and also why it happened.” he said.
The 35-year-old leaves behind his daughter Kairo whom he truly adores and had a powerful relationship with, something DJ Oskido said that the rap star would also be remembered by how much he adored his child Kairo.
“AKA was a good example of how a good father should be like. Despite his busy schedule, he always made time for his daughter.” said the record producer.