South African rapper AKA has been shot dead in drive-by shooting in Durban. AKA was due to perform at a Durban night club, YUGO, where he was expected to perform as part of his birthday celebrations. Police sources in Durban have confirmed that rapper AKA was shot dead in a drive-by shooting on Florida Road on Friday night. Another person believed to be AKA bodyguard, was also wounded, while another unidentified person, who is understood to be a close friend of AKA, has been shot dead too.
Police in the province were yet to officially comment on the murders, but IOL has independently confirmed from well-placed police sources, who cannot be named as they are not permitted to speak to the media. It is understood that AKA was standing outside the Wish Restaurant when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. Two unknown cars are believed to have opened fire just before 10pm. Police had cordoned off the area when an IOL team arrived at the scene on Friday night.
Speaking to IOL, an eye witness at a nearby restaurant said AKA had been standing outside when he was gunned down. Garrith Jamieson, a spokesperson for ALS Paramedics said Florida Road has been closed off after the shooting incident, where two people have been confirmed dead. Jamieson said amongst the deceased was a famous South African rapper AKA.
The identity of the second person shot dead is unknown at this stage, but he is understood to be a close friend of AKA. According to social media posts, AKA was due to perform at a Durban night club, YUGO, where he was expected to perform as part of his birthday celebrations. His close friend Da Les, took to social media to express shock.
The rapper, was shot dead outside a restaurant in South Africa. A local publication IOL reports that the music star was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on Friday night. It is understood that some persons in two cars shot at the rapper along Florida Road in Durban.
AKA was meant to celebrate his birthday at the YUGO nightclub located in Stamford Hill in Durban. The rapper was said to be standing outside the Wish Restaurant when he was gunned down. It is understood that AKA’s bodyguard was wounded while a close friend of the rapper was also killed.
AKA whose real is Kiernan Forbes was born in Cape Town, South Africa. AKA gained fame after releasing his hit single ‘Victory Lap’. The song is a track from his debut studio album ‘Altar Ego’ which was released in 2011. AKA continued his success by releasing other studio albums including ‘Levels’ in 2014.
He released ‘Touch My Blood’ in 2018 and ‘Bhovamania’ in 2020. The rapper also put out the collaborative project ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ alongside Anatii in 2017. AKA gained recognition in Nigeria after releasing a hit single titled ‘Fela in Versace’. He worked with Burna Boy, the Grammy-award winning Afrofusion singer.
The rapper was once criticised over his stance on xenophobic attacks targeting Nigerians in South Africa. At that time, Burna Boy severed ties with the rapper, publicly declaring he wouldn’t visit South Africa again. AKA’s death comes years after the passing of his girlfriend Nelli Tembe.
The rapper announced his engagement to Tembe in February 2021. However, Tembe died later in April of that year after falling at a hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Unfortunately, Rapper AKA died in the late hours of Friday Night 10th February 2023. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
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