South Africa’s second-largest opposition party, EFF, has said the death of Hip Hop artist and producer, Kienarn Forbes, popularly known as AKA, has taken a generation of Hip Hop backward.
AKA was shot dead in a drive-by shooting on Florida Road in Durban on Friday night.
He was shot along with his long-time friend Tebello Motsoane, popularly known as Tibz.
In a statement this Saturday, the EFF said AKA was an inspiration to the thousands of young people, especially in the Cape Flats of the City of Cape Town. Reads the statement:
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) mourns the tragic and devastating death of popular Hip Hop artist and producer, Kienarn “AKA” Forbes.
AKA was brutally shot dead in Florida Street, Durban on the 10th of February 2023.
AKA has been a shining light in the Hip Hop industry in South Africa for over a decade, revolutionising the craft through cross-genre sampling, drawing inspiration from Kwaito, Afro-beats, House Music, Soul and R&B to create memorable hits.
He was an award-winning artist, winning multiple South African Music Awards (SAMA), notably for Male Artist of the Year and Best Street Urban Music Album in 2012, and an MTV Award for Best Collaboration in 2015 for the hit single All Eyes On Me.
The loss of AKA has taken a generation of Hip Hop backwards, and the nation has lost an indisputable talent.
He was an individual whose life was characterised by challenges and controversies, yet remained an inspiration to the thousands of young people in the Cape Flats of the City of Cape Town who dreamed to make something meaningful of their lives, in the midst of rampant gang culture and violence.
A generation which grew up inspired by AKA and his music is in mourning. The EFF sends its condolences to the friends, family, loved ones and colleagues of AKA.
The level of crime in South Africa has spiralled out of control, and assassinations of civilians have become a norm.
The EFF calls for the speedy apprehension of those involved in the killing of AKA, and we hope his soul Rests In Perfect Peace.
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