AKA memorial service kiernan jarryd forbes

The memorial service for rapper and hip-hop star AKA unfolded at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Friday 17 February. Image via Twitter @@nick_wastaken

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The memorial service for slain rapper AKA took place at the Sandton Convention Centre. We round up some key moments.

AKA memorial service kiernan jarryd forbes

The memorial service for rapper and hip-hop star AKA unfolded at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Friday 17 February. Image via Twitter @@nick_wastaken

The memorial service for award-winning rapper Kiernan “AKA” Jarryd Forbes was held at the Sandton Convention Centre today (Friday 17 February). The touching ceremony marked a week since the music star was shot at point-blank range outside Wish restaurant, in Florida Road, Durban.

The shooting incident which shocked South Africans to the core, also claimed the life of his close friend, author and celebrity chef Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane.

The 35-year-old rapper was billed to perform his AKA Supa Mega Birthday Celebration perform at YuGo nightclub later that night.

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According to The Citizen, KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi  confirmed that the two suspects behind the murders might be known to the police. No arrests have however been made and the investigations are ongoing.

AKA will be laid to rest on Saturday 18 February in a private funeral.

AKA memorial service: Key moments

AKA’s daughter with DJ Zinhle, Kairo Forbes, and his father, Tony Forbes, at the memorial service for the slain rapper. Image via Twitter @@LukhanyoRN

Take a look at some of the poignant key moments of the memorial service.

The Forbes family, AKA’s girlfriend at the time of his death, Nadia Nakai; former girlfriend DJ Zinhle and mother of their daughter, Kairo, sat in the front row wearing black T-shirts with the slogan: “Long live Supa Mega, live long”.

DJ Zinhle and Kairo

AKA’s only child, the seven-year-old Kairo Forbes, would have made her father proud indeed: From getting up to comfort a heartbroken Nadia Nakai to dancing during Amati’s musical tribute, Holy Mountain, the little girl put up a brave face next in the presence of her mother, DJ Zinhle.

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Nadia Nakai

A heartbroken Nadia Nakai — the rap star who had been in a relationship with AKA for just over a year — sat next to DJ Zinhle and broke down in tears, crying uncontrollably. Kairo comes to her rescue with a hug as seen in the clip above.

Nadia was not with AKA on the tragic evening of his death, although the two rappers were on vacation in the United States recently.

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Mom Lynn Forbes

The rapper’s mother, Lynn Forbes, paid a touching tribute to her son.

She started off by requesting a moment of silence for Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane. She continued by thanking the Megacy (AKA’s fans) for their support.

“Today a week ago, my heart was shattered into countless pieces, but today and every other day going forward, it will not just be about our family and me…. it will be about the Megacy as our broader family. I believe that is what Kiernan would have wanted because Kiernan belonged to all of us,” said Forbes.

She slammed the conspiracy theories doing the rounds on social media about AKA’s friend Don Design playing “a role” in the killing:

“Don Design, I love you my son”

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She also told DJ Zinhle and Nadia Nakai that they will always be her “daughters”.

Powerful quotes

In his heartfelt tribute, Oskido said “we lost a soldier”, adding “No one is gonna silence Kiernan or his voice, his music lives in forever”

DJ Tira spoke out against the crime in South Africa: “The government and society need to do something; it’s not about the death of a celebrity but about the safety of everyone in the country.”

Musical tributes

IV League

IV League performs Victory Lap from AKA’s debut album, Altar Ego, for which he won Best Male Artist at the 18th South African Music Awards.


AKA and Anatii collaborated on the 2017 album Be Careful What You Wish For.


Joyous Celebration

Joyous Celebration performed Ndenzel’ Uncedo Hymn. Programme director Nomuzi Mabena also revealed that the rapper was going to collaborate with Joyous Celebration.

The music lives on: Trailer of new AKA album, ‘Mass Country’

Musical legacy to the Megacy…Take a look at the trailer of AKA’s upcoming fourth studio album, Mass Country, which played during the memorial service. The album will be released on 24 February.

ALSO READ: AKA: New album ‘Mass Country’ will be released as planned

The Megacy’s tribute

Fans paid tribute to AKA outside the Sandton Convention Centre by celebrating his life and music. RIP.