In this post, Fillabase.com looks at South African Rapper AKA biography, Net worth, girlfriend and all the facts you probably didn’t know about the musician.
AKA Biography, Early Life, Date Of Birth, Age, Family And Education.
Born Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, the rapper is a professional South African musician who is identified with the popular stage name AKA.
The musician made it to this earth On January 28, 1988, in Cape Town, the western province of South Africa where he lived and spent most of his childhood.
From sources and information gathered, the award-winning rapper grew up in Cape Town living with his grandmother. His mother was a teacher and his father worked with an insurance company.
AKA Educational Background
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes started his schooling at a very early age. At age 6, AKA moved to his mom in Johannesburg where he started to learn the basics of Music.
He attended Saint John’s College. In school, the rapper formed a musical group named ‘Entity’, alongside greyhound and vice versa.
The group which was doing so well at the time, could not stand on its feet anymore around 2006 mainly due to the fact that members had chosen solo career paths.
Not perturbed by the collapse of the group, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes still followed his musical dreams, he became a producer whilst the other two members sought higher education.
His production skills grew and led him to be a part of another group called I.V. League with Kamza and Buks. This time, a music production group which produced music for many South African artists.
Years later, AKA decided to go fully into being a solo artist and performer than producing music.
In 2009, AKA’s brand begun to see much sunshine into his career after he released his hit singles like In my walk, do it and others.
He gained much prominence in South Africa and other parts of the world. He became untouchable and competitive to other top rappers in the music industry following the release of his debut album titled ALTAR-EGO.
Since then, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes has been a sensational and influential figure in the music world. His hit song “Victory lap” is one of the songs that has really propelled him into stardom.
News has travelled near and far regarding the rapper dating Nellie Tembe, a popular model and video vixen. She was the fiancé of AKA until the unfortunate happened.
Their relationship was in the public domain as they both proudly and publicly demonstrated affection for each other.
On April 11, 2021, the beautiful lady was reported dead. She was said to have fallen from the 10th floor of the pepper club hotel in Cape Town. She was 22 years old.
He is also known to have dated other ladies including DJ Zinhle, his baby mama and Bonang Matheba.
AKA Net Worth
AKA’s net worth is estimated at $10.52 million. He is regarded as one of the richest rappers in South Africa, and Africa at large. The rapper-cum-rapper owns luxurious cars and mansions. His cars include BMW and Volkswagen scirocco.
The Hip Pop singer has a number of albums to his credit. Below are some award-winning albums released by the rapper
• Altar Ego (2011)
• Levels (2014)
• Be Careful What You Wish For (with Anatii) (2017)
• Touch My Blood (2018)
The rapper, songwriter and music producer has a number of hit songs to his credit. Check out some of them below…
• I Want It All (ft Pro & Khuli Chana)
• All I Know
• Bang (ft Khuli Chana)
• Kontrol (ft Da L.E.S)
• Run Jozi (Godly) (ft K.O)
• All Eyes On Me (ft Burna Boy, JR and Da L.E.S)
• Sim Dope
• Baddest (ft Burna Boy, Khuli Chana and Yanga Chief)
• Dreamwork (ft Yanga Chief)
• One Time
• The World Is Yours
• 10 Fingers
• Caiphus Song
• Touch My Blood
• Don’t Forget to Pray (with Anatii)
• Star Signs (ft Stogie T)
• Sweet Fire
• Fully In
• Fela in Versace (ft Kiddominant)
AKA has been nominated for and won a lot of notable local and international awards under his belt as a musician. Some are as seen below…
• Best Male Artist in the 18th South African Music Awards (2012) (won)
• Most Gifted Hip Hop in the 2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards (nominated)
• Best Male, Southern Africa in the 2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards (nominated)
• Best Rap Act in the 2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards (nominated)
• Best Hip Hop in the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (nominated)
• Most Gifted Hip Hop in the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards (nominated)
• Best Male Southern Africa in the 2015 African Muzik Magazine Awards (won)
• Best Collaboration in the 2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards (won)
• Best Male Artist in the 21st South African Music Awards (2014) (won)
• Best African Hip Hop in the 2014 Kora Awards (nominated)
• Best International Act (Africa) in the 2014 BET Awards (nominated)
• Best African Act in the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards (nominated)
• Best International Act (Africa) in the 2014 M.O.B.O. Awards
• Best Collaboration in the 4th South African Hip Hop Awards (2015) (nominated)
• Most Valuable Artist in the 4th South African Hip Hop Awards (2015) (won)
• Most Digital Sales in the 4th South African Hip Hop Awards (2015) (won)
• Song of the Year in the 4th South African Hip Hop Awards (2015) (won)
• Video of the Year in the 4th South African Hip Hop Awards (2015) (won)
• Best Collaboration in the 15th Metro FM Music Awards (2016) (won)
• Best Hit Single in the 15th Metro FM Music Awards (2016) (won)
• Best Remix in the 15th Metro FM Music Awards (2016) (nominated)
• Best Collaboration in the 22nd South African Music Awards (2016) (nominated)
• Best International Act in the BET Awards 2016 (nominated)
• Best International Act in the BET Awards 2017 (nominated)
• Favourite South African Star in the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards (won)
• Best International Act in the BET Awards 2019 (nominated)
• Pan African Artist of the Year in the Namibia Annual Music Awards 2019 (won)
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