Tragic Loss: South African Rap Artist AKA Shot Dead in Durban

Tragic Loss: South African Rap Artist AKA Shot Dead in Durban

February 11, 2023 0 By Adeleke

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.

Remembering AKA

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.