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When Kiernan Forbes linked up with his fellow schoolmates to form a group called Entity, little did he know what was in store for him. KORA Award nominations along with setting the hip-hop music video landscape ablaze were testament to the sense of innovation  that were part of his genetic makeup. Entity went on to establish their credibility with their smash hit “Touch N Go” and A.K.A’s stock was increasingly on the rise, featuring on material from artists such as Loyiso Bala. Unfortunately due to the journey that is life, Entity were forced apart by the various new ...

AKA Music Videos

AKA ft ft K.O - Run Jozi

AKA - Jealousy (Clean)

AKA News

Updated October 2, 2014
It's been an interesting year in the world of African hip-hop. And we saw it all, from fresh new talent to hot collabos ...
The continuing rivalry between South African rappers AKA and Cassper Nyovest seems to have escalated to the physical ...
How do you make a hot track even hotter? You get some of the finest artists and create a magical remix! That's ...
It seems AKA has completed his latest album 'Levels'. The rapper announced the news via Twitter. "Levels is done. ...
We all know that hip hop at beef go hand-in-hand, right? Well the latest hip hop beef is between South African rappers ...
One of SA’s finest hip hop artists AKA has released the video for his latest single “Congratulate”. The song is off his ...
AKA’s latest single “Congratulate” is a feel good song that will have you bumping your head and singing along. The song ...
AKA’s new single “Congratulate”, which was released today (5 March), is already sitting at number one on the South ...
SA rapper AKA has released the artwork for his latest single, “Congratulate”, which is expected to drop next week. The ...
The final announcements for the Cape Town Jazz Fest line up have been made. Taking place on the 28 – 29 March 2014 at ...
AKA and Naeto C recently hit the recording studio. The "Jealousy" rapper excitedly revealed via Twitter that he had ...
SA rapper AKA is busy working on his next studio album. After the success of “Jealousy” and “Kontrol” fans are anxious ...
AKA recently posted a photo of himself in studio with L-Tido. The two rappers were previously known to dislike each ...
AKA is set to perform at the Zimbabwe Urban Festival on 31 March. The concert will be hosted in Harare and will also ...
AKA has released the follow up single to his smash hit “Jealousy”. His new track, “Kontrol”, features Da-Les and is ...
After years of beefing, it seems AKA and L-Tido have let sleeping dogs lie and are now ready to work together. The two ...
“Jealousy” singer AKA has been added to the line-up of artists to perform alongside D’banj this Saturday in ...
AKA recently revealed that he has moved into a new crib. The rapper posted an image of what looks like a lavish ...
Rapper AKA is featured in the new 8.ta mobile network TV advert. In the ad, AKA raps about 8.ta more prepaid, a new ...

Full Biography

When Kiernan Forbes linked up with his fellow schoolmates to form a group called Entity, little did he know what was in store for him. KORA Award nominations along with setting the hip-hop music video landscape ablaze were testament to the sense of innovation  that were part of his genetic makeup. Entity went on to establish their credibility with their smash hit “Touch N Go” and A.K.A’s stock was increasingly on the rise, featuring on material from artists such as Loyiso Bala.


Unfortunately due to the journey that is life, Entity were forced apart by the various new roads each member wanted to venture alone. A.K.A’s path remained en route towards musical superstardom.  He linked up with his musical mates, Buks and Kamza to form a production collective known as The I.V. League. His passion for production kept him active in music, albeit behind-the-scenes.


Whilst in the shadows producing the majority of PROKID’s Dankie San and other records with The League, he’s been taking the time out to craft his solo offering.  His influences, ranging from the acoustic to the electric, are well represented in the music that’s slowly piecing together his album. With the entire soundtrack to his thoughts and views being woven by The I.V. League, A.K.A is looking to be honest yet engaging, something he’s been able to do as time is on his side. His experiences as a young musician chasing the dream are vividly retold over beds of beastly beats. The thread of innovation that he’s accustomed himself to is apparent as he moves away from conventional stories that have been retold over and over again. Rather he opts for experiences that would be deemed too “honest” for an MC to speak of.  He’s candid. He’s well aware of the risk he’s taking but thrives on it. Refreshing, especially considering the current climate of clones and unoriginality.


He’s starting off 2010 on the highest note possible.  Having collected all the hits from 2009, supplemented with more incredible music that was initially meant to appear on his upcoming debut album, he’s gone on to offer the 24/7/366 EP as a substantial appetizer for those who see his promise plus any doubters posted in the bleachers. Serving as a strong signal of intent plus a palette of musical colour, it goes to show that technically and creatively AKA is a force to reckon with. Facebook and Twitter remain abuzz with fans exchanging quips on their favourite lines and concepts that have been woven so well together, you would think he’s the most Bespoke of tailors.


With songs such as “Mistakes” and “Do It” (which achieved #1 status on 5FM’s Top 40) already on the lips and minds of the urban massive and an EP filled to the brim with quality material, he’s steadily building up the clout an artist of his potential deserves. Knowing it’d be to his detriment to leave this potential unrealized, he continues to push boundaries – including his own and those of the musical realm.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

     - 2005 KORA Awards

     - 2005 Rand Easter Show

     - 2006 Edgars Music Series

     - 2006 Castrol Motor Show

     - 2009 Levi’s Rage 4 The Revolution

CHART APPEARANCES:

     - 5FM Top 40 (#1 Do It RMX)

     - Metro FM Rhyme & Reason top 10 (#1 Do It #1 Mistakes)

     - YFM Hot 99 Hip-Hop (#1 Do It #1 Mistakes #2 In My Walk)

     - YFM Fab 5@5 (#1 Do It #1 Mistakes)

CAREER TIMELINE:

     - Formed Entity in 2002

     - Signed to Creative Kingdom Records in 2005 at the age of 16

     - Released "Royal School of Hip Hop" in August 2005

     - Nominated in "Best African Hip Hop" Category at KORA Awards 2005

     - Performed at KORA Awards 2005, at Durban ICC

     - Formed The I.V. League in Q4 2007

     - Production credits include:

               PRO -"Dankie San"

               Tuks -"The Monopoly"

               Andile -"I Am Not A DJ"

               Shugasmakx -"Numba 1"

               Khuli-"Mostwako Originator"

               Entity-"Royal School of Hip Hop"

               Teargas-"Wafa Wafa"

               Psyfo “The Afterparty”

               Jub Jub “Rare Breed” -Artist Collaborations include:

               Loyiso Bala – “Blow your mind": "Step To The Throne" and "Blow Your Mind Remix"

               Bala Brothers – “Bala Brothers"

               Jae – “Amazing”

               JR – “Y.B.R.F”

               Proverb – “Super Official”