|Real Name||Kiernan Jarryd Forbes|
|Occupation||Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer|
|Date of Birth||28 January 1988 (32 years old, as of 2020)|
|Place of Birth||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Relationship status||In a Relationship|
Born on the 28th of January 1988, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes popularly known by his stage name AKA is a prolific rapper, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur in South Africa.
AKA is also known by his fans as SupaMega, Bhova, Mega,Bhovamania. The rapper gained prominence after releasing his “Victory Lap” single, which was a track from his debut album “Alter Ego” in 2011.
AKA has since his debut gone on to release topnotch songs and studio projects that have gone Platinum, over time. The rapper recently launched his online TV station with the name AKATV, which can be accessed on various mobile devices.
AKA has collaborated with various top artists in the SA Hip-hop game. He has also performed on stage with both International and local artist and has overtime created a unique brand for himself.
FAMILY AND BEGINNING
AKA is originally from Western Cape, Cape Town. The rapper was raised by his grandmother in Michell’s plain and in 1995, he moved to Johannesburg to stay with his mother Lynn Forbes.
The rapper has a daughter by the name Kairo Owethu Forbes, whom he had with his ex renowned DJ Zinhle. The rapper now co-parents alongside DJ Zinhle after their separation.
Music for AKA started at a very young age, after he discovered he had passion for music and went on to form an award winning group with his friends.
AKA is a college graduate. The rapper with a humble beginning attended Holy Cross Convent in Cape Town while staying with his grandmother before changing to Greenside Primary school after relocating to Johannesburg to live with his mother. Later, he joined St John’s College.
AKA got is major music break after he released his “Victory Lap” singles back in 2011. Although music for his started at a very early age. AKA alongside his two friends Vice Versa and Greyhound, decided to form a hip hop group called Entity back in 2002. The group became so popular, it won various awards.
AKA fell in love with music production and decided to learn how to produce. This was what started his journey to Co-founding the production outfit “I.V League” alongside two other members. The record label has gone on to produce songs for artists like Khuli Chana.
AKA also continued on his success with the release of his chart topping songs and his albums that were later certified platinum over time.
AKA launched a watermelon-flavoured drink with the vodka brand Cruz in 2018, this was another major deal he signed upon debuting. He has worked alongside other brands like Reebok as well. AKA has been able to create a brand, which everybody wants to associate with.
Since his debut, AKA has released at least 10 albums, which some have been gone platinum over time, here are the albums by AKA
- Slave To The Sound (2004)
- La maladie de la haine (2010)
- And so It Begins (2011)
- Altar Ego (2011)
- Levels (2014) – (Certified Gold and Platinum)
- Down To Earth (2017)
- Taking Chancez (2017)
- Be Careful What You Wish For (2017)
- Attention Deficit (2018)
- Sex Hot (2018)
- Touch My Blood (2018) – (Certified Platinum)
AKA since his debut has released more than 50 songs and has at least 10 studio albums. Here are his best songs, in no particular.
- AKA- Jika
- AKA- Fela in Versace
- AKA- Make Me Sing
- AKA- All Eyes On Me
- AKA- Main Ou’s
- AKA- Don’t Forget to Pray
- AKA- The World Is Yours
- AKA- 10 Fingers
- AKA- Composure
- AKA- Congratulate
AKA’S PERFORMANCE AND PRESENCE
AKA has performed and headlined major shows both locally and internationally. The rapper has held his personal concerts, that have sold out on many occasions.
AKA featured on the WWE live event on the 8th of April 2019 in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. AKA also got featured on the Comedy Central SA annual Roast special in February 2019.
AKA is currently in a relationship with his new girlfriend named Nelli Tembe. He previously dated DJ Zinhle, who he has a daughter with and separated in 2019. The rapper was also once romantically involved with the famous TV personality, Bonang Matheba.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
AKA has gotten himself various awards and recognition both locally and Internationally. Among these are;
- Best Male artists at the 18th South African Music award 2012 (Won)
- Best Male South African and Best collaboration at the African Music Magazine awards 2013 (won)
- Best Hip-Hop artist at the MTV Africa music awards 2014 (nominated)
- Most Gifted Hip-Hop award at Channel O Africa Music awards 2014 (Nominated)
AKA’S NET WORTH
AKA’s Networth is estimated at 12 million dollars. This is calculated from payments for show performances, album sales, Money made from his Youtube views, endorsement deals, Properties and investments owned by him.
AKA’S SONGS DOWNLOAD, STREAM, BUY AND WATCH
AKA’s songs from his albums are available on all major platforms.