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Saturday, 10 February 2024 12:11

Closure elusive as South Africans remember AKA on his one year death anniversary.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

It's been a year since the passing of the iconic South African and multi-award-winning musician Kiernan "AKA" Forbes, who was just 35.

Forbes was shot and killed on February 10, 2023, outside the Wish Restaurant on Florida Road, Durban.

His close friend, seasoned chef and celebrated author, Tebello "Tibz" Motsoane was also a victim of the malicious attack.

No arrests have been made to date.

National spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said, "We have made progress, we have positive evidence linking identified suspects, and others are in custody related to other matters. Others are on the run, and the team is hot on their heels.

"We are aware of limited communication with the affected families, the investigation is at a very sensitive stage and we have therefore taken the decision to limit all communication related to this matter. "

"The limited communication was not at all intended to undermine any of the affected families. We will however endeavour to improve on this in the near future."

It didn't take long before the rapper's songs soared to the top of the charts and won several prizes at numerous music awards throughout 2023.

AKA's single, "Lemons (Lemonade)" which features Nasty C, went 5X platinum. "Company" went platinum, and "Dangerous", "Prada" and "Mbuzi (Freestyle)" went gold.

Then, at the South African Music Awards AKA bagged wins for Best Engineered Album, Best Collaboration and the coveted category, Best Male Artist of the Year.

At the Metro FM Music Awards the legend took home wins for Best Collaboration Song, Artist of the Year, Best Hip Hop Artist and Best Male Art.

Later AKA was honoured at the BET Hip Hop Awards with the Global Visionary Award and was nominated in the category, Best International Flow.