AKA’s father Tony Forbes is facing great criticism over the way he chooses to mourn his late son. Tony has been visiting clubs that the “Fela in Versace” hitmaker used to frequent. The reason, according to him, is to feel closer to his son.
However, many South Africans are unimpressed with the way he chooses to mourn the dead, and some have dismissed him as clout-chasing – using his son’s death to become famous instead of seeking justice for the slain musician.
AKA was killed at point-blank range with a shot to the head on February 10 this year, just after stepping out of Wish Restaurant on Florida Road in Durban. Also killed with him was his former manager, Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane.
Their killers are yet to be found.
And Tony, sodden with grief for his son, has chosen to mourn him the way he sees fit. The trouble is, the public isn’t “feeling” his style of mourning. And the criticisms have been pouring in torrents.
Will that change anything? That is unclear at this point. But South Africa is certainly missing AKA’s exuberance and his contribution to the culture. Oh, well, thou shouldst be living at this hour, Kiernan “AKA” Forbes!