The family of Kiernan Forbes, also known as AKA, has confirmed that the late rapper’s latest album titled Mass Country will be released despite his tragic death.
Two unknown gunmen shot and killed AKA and his friend, Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane, as they were leaving a restaurant in Durban over the weekend.
According to a statement posted on the muso’s social media pages on Thursday, the album will be released on February 24th.
— AKA (@akaworldwide) February 16, 2023
“In the last two years, Mass Country has become AKA’s entire world. The Supa Mega constantly kept the album release momentum and anticipation high,” reads the statement.
According to AKA’s long-time friend and business partner, Raphael Benza, the rapper worked hard on his latest music offering as he believed in giving his fans only quality work.
“The energy and the expectations from the Megacy fuelled him to make a masterpiece. We are delighted, even at our saddest moment, to share the music he left behind for us for eternity.”
Another song off the new album, Company, will be released on Friday, the same day as the memorial service that will be held in the late rapper’s memory.
The single was recorded in Los Angeles during his January holiday.
Despite their grief, AKA fans have taken to social media to thank the Forbes family for going ahead with the album’s release.
Wonder what he was feeling in the creative process & when he decided on the title of the album… the irony! This'll slap- hard! #LongLiveSupaMega 🕊🤍
— #TheLegacy (@MboMahocs) February 16, 2023
we streaming this album like theres no tomorrow as soon as it gets out !!
— its the big stepper⚡️ (@tumifuego) February 16, 2023
Tomorrow #Company MUST go gold on first day release. #LongLiveSuperMega #RIPAKA let’s properly celebrate the life of a music giant and legend 💔 he deserves it Nkosiyam, he deserves his flowers for the impact his music had on our own successes and lives 🙏🏽🙌🏽❤️
— Nathi (@TheLegalLadyA) February 16, 2023
The award-winning hitmaker will be laid to rest in a private provincial funeral on Saturday.
His memorial service has been fully subscribed.
the family urged members of the public not to buy tickets from anyone purporting to be selling them.
Read the statement: “All tickets have been fully subscribed and no more tickets will be allocated or issued. Please be reminded that anyone who does not have a ticket can still be part of this experience by joining us via live stream.”