AKA (rapper)
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AKA Rapper
AKA
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Background information
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes
Supa Mega
Born (1988-01-28) 28 January 1988 (age 30)
Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, South Africa
Genres Hip hop o pop
2002-present
Labels

Kiernan Jarryd Forbes (born 28 January 1988), known by his stage name AKA, is a South African hip hop & pop artist, record producer, father and businessman.

Music career

In 2009 AKA ventured for a solo career with hits like "Problems", "In My Walk" and "Do It" with the latter making it to number 1 on the South African 5FM Top 40.[1] He won Metro FM Music Awards for "Best Newcomer", "Best Hip Hop" as a solo act and "Best Produced Album" for his debut Altar Ego.[2] It is then that he was dubbed "Prince of South African Rap" by one of the national newspapers.[3] He also won "Best Dressed man" during the GQ Awards in South Africa alongside Oscar Pistorius.[4] Later did a song with a dope Kenyan rapper known as Travee.[5]

In 2011 AKA's song "Victory Lap" won Channel O's Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video at the 7th annual Channel O Music Video Awards and at the 18th South African Music Awards AKA was awarded Male Artist of the Year and Best Street Urban Music Album.[6]

AKA has opened for Kanye West, Snoop dogg, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar in their South African tours.[7] He has won many awards including "Best Street Urban Music Album" and "Male Artist of the Year" at the 18th South African Music Awards (SAMA)

In late 2014 rapper AKA signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music through its new local urban label Sound African recordings. Then executive head of A&R for Sony, Zakes Bantwini made the announcement through their platform. 'We're excited to add AKA's illustrious career to our stable. We are excited about AKA's growth prospects in Africa and beyond.' The Sony Music/AKA partnership is the key catalyst to change the business and face of Music across Africa, especially in the key areas of quality, distribution and content management'.[8]

In June 2015, AKA's second album Levels was certified Gold, by the Recording Industry of South Africa, for shipments of over 20,000 copies domestically, as of May 2016 the album was certified platinum by RiSA.[9] AKA was announced as a special guest at WWE live events held in Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa.

Discography

Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Year Award Ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result Notes
2012 18th South African Music Awards Best Male Artist Altar Ego Won
2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards Most Gifted Hip Hop Himself Nominated
2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Male, Southern Africa[10] Nominated
Best Rap Act[10] Nominated
MTV Africa Music Awards Best Hip Hop Nominated
Channel O Africa Music Video Awards Most Gifted Hip Hop Nominated
2015 African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Male Southern Africa Won
Best Collaboration Won
MTV Africa Music Awards Best Collaboration Won
21st South African Music Awards Best Male Artist[11] Levels Won
KORA Awards Best African Hip Hop Nominated
BET Awards Best International Act (Africa) Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best International Act
M.O.B.O. Awards Best International Act (Africa)
4th South African Hip Hop Awards Best Collaboration AKA - Baddest (featuring Burna Boy, Khuli Chana and Yanga) Nominated
Anatii - The Saga (featuring AKA) Won
Most Valuable Artist
  • Levels (Gold album)
  • Congratulate (Gold single)
  • All Eyes On Me (Gold single)
  • Run Jozi (Godly) (Gold single)
Won
Most Digital Sales Won
Song of the Year Anatii - The Saga (featuring AKA) Won
AKA - Baddest Won
Video of the Year AKA - All Eyes on Me Nominated
Anatii - The Saga (featuring AKA) Won
Da L.E.S - P.A.I.D (featuring AKA and Burna Boy) Nominated
AKA - Sim Dope Nominated
2016 15th Metro FM Music Awards Best Collaboration AKA - Baddest (featuring Burna Boy, Khuli Chana and Yanga) Won
Best Hit Single Won
Best Remix AKA - Baddest Remix (featuring Fifi Cooper, Rouge, Moozlie and GiGi Lamayne) Nominated
22nd South African Music Awards Best Collaboration AKA - All Eyes on Me (featuring Redsan, Burna Boy and Stonebwoy) Nominated
Best Remix AKA - Baddest (featuring FiFi Cooper, Rouge, Moozlie and GiGi Lamayne) Nominated
BET Awards Best International Act[12] Nominated

References

  1. ^ "MTVbase: AKA biography". MTV Base. Archived from the original on 3 November 2011. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "IOL.co.za: Getting to know AKA". Iol.co.za. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "XXL Mag: Down South: The 10 Hottest Rappers in South Africa". Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ "SundayWorld: AKA: A masterminded triumph". Sundayworld.co.za. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ soundcloud.com/pro-travee
  6. ^ "Aka". Trace. Archived from the original on May 17, 2013. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ "Mail & Guardian: AKA done with opening shows for international artists". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ Akan, Joey. "SA Rapper AKA Signs Deal With Sony Music Africa". Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "AKA goes gold at long-last - SundayWorld". www.sundayworld.co.za. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ a b "See Nominees for the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) 2014". Bellanaija. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "Home - Samasama". Samusicawards.co.za. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "AKA, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Black Coffee NOMINATED for 2016 BET Awards and more African artists". theedgesearch.com. Retrieved . 

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