This week’s Episode of Africa Now Radio will pay tribute to late South African rapper Kiernan Forbes, known professionally as AKA, Apple Music has confirmed.
The podcast, which is hosted by popular VJ Dadaboy Ehiz will be available on the streaming platform on Friday, 24th February. Fans in Lagos and Paris can tune into Apple Music 1 to catch the show: Lagos from 10 AM, London 9 AM, Johannesburg 11 AM, Los Angeles 1 AM, and New York from 4 AM.
Special highlights of the episode will include a celebration of the life and legacy of AKA, and Ehiz will be joined by some of AKA’s biggest collaborators Musa Keys, K.O, and Nasty C as they reflect on the late Super Mega’s impact on hip-hop in South Africa and across the motherland.
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Speaking to Apple Music, Nasty C shared about his friend and partner:
“AKA’s impact on South African hip-hop was like no other. He’s one of the guys that commercialised rapping in English. He paved the way for people like me here in South Africa as far as hip-hop goes. He’d always been a big brother to me; he’d just always been caring; he always gave me tips and advice on how to elevate my game. He will live forever in my heart.”
K.O, who joined AKA on his monstrous 2015 hit song ‘Ron Jozi (Godly)’ also hailed the late rapper’s passion and commitment to becoming an influential figure in African South African music.
“AKA is one of the people that really took showmanship to the next level. When you listen to his catalogue, and [consider] how he created his music, he created it for big stages. He was the first person to actually fully immerse himself into being a ‘pop’ act. Yes, he was an MC, but you know, he wanted to be a ‘pop’ artist and you can hear it in the music, the texture, the tone, and the energy, and I think he successfully executed that.”
AKA was shot dead in Durban on 10th February 2023. He was slated to release his fourth solo full album– Mass Country — on 23rd February. With the album already available for pre-save before his death, his family and label have confirmed that the release date still stands. It’s the same day that Apple Music will honour the talented musician.
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