Tragic Loss: South African Rap Artist AKA Shot Dead in DurbanFebruary 11, 2023
Tragic Loss: South African Rap Artist AKA Shot Dead in Durban
The South African music industry is mourning the loss of one of its top rap artists, AKA. Kiernan Forbes, also known as AKA, was shot dead outside a restaurant in Durban on Friday night. His family confirmed the tragic news in a statement posted on AKA’s Twitter account.
AKA: A South African Music Icon
Kiernan Forbes was a talented rapper and songwriter who won multiple awards in South Africa and was nominated for international awards such as the Black Entertainment Television award and the MTV Europe music award. His music was loved by fans across the world, and his sudden death has left the music community in shock.
Details of the Shooting
According to the police, Forbes was shot alongside another man while they were walking towards their car from a restaurant. They were approached by two armed suspects who shot the victims at close range. The motive behind the shooting is currently unknown, and an investigation is under way.
A Tragic Trend in South Africa
Beauty Dlulane, who chairs a parliamentary committee on arts and culture, condemned AKA’s murder, calling it a “hit”. She urged authorities to protect South Africans from what seems to be a growing trend of contract and revenge killings targeting performing artists and DJs. This latest shooting follows the death of Oupa Sefoka, also known as DJ Sumbody, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Johannesburg last November.
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with many people having licensed firearms for personal protection and an even greater number of illegal guns in circulation. The country has seen several mass shootings at taverns in recent years, with the most recent incident resulting in the deaths of eight people at a birthday party last month.
AKA was a talented rapper who gave love and received love in return, according to his parents. His sudden and tragic death has left a void in the South African music community, and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.