Tony Forbes Opens Up About Waiting For SAPS To Serve Justice For AKA
Tony Forbes is still processing the tragic death of his son, Kiernan “AKA” Forbes, who was shot dead outside a restaurant in Durban on February 10.
Platinum Plaque Handover and Grief
The rapper’s father recently attended the platinum plaque handover event to the Forbes family and Vth Season by Sony Music Entertainment Africa after AKA’s album “Mass Country” achieved significant success, garnering 35,404 units, equivalent to 40,972,588 streams. Speaking about the achievement, Tony expressed his emotions, saying, “I feel emotional, proud, and also grateful that we had him. Though he died at 35, when he left this life he had made a mark on the world.” He emphasized that the sales volume is not the primary concern for him; rather, it’s the fact that people continue to appreciate AKA’s music, remember him, and find inspiration through his art.
Seeking Justice and Coping with Grief
With the investigation into his son’s death ongoing, Tony shared that he is trying to be patient, ensuring that the process is thorough and that justice is served. He stated, “There are days where one hopes to hear the news that something happened. But we still want to give the process space. We are in touch with investigators, and they keep us abreast. It does seem slow, but it’s only been six months.” Coping with grief is challenging for Tony, and he revealed that going to places where AKA used to work has been a way for him to feel closer to his late son. He acknowledged that this is his way of grieving, although he understands that there is no right or wrong way to cope with such a profound loss.
A Bond with Rapper Nadia Nakai
Tony emphasized the strong bond that AKA shared with rapper Nadia Nakai, stating that she will always be a part of the Forbes family. He remarked, “That is the person Kiernan was closest to outside his immediate family; for us, Nadia is family. It’s not a question of whether they were married, for us, she is part of the family, and there’s no debate about that.”
Preserving AKA’s Legacy
As Tony strives to keep AKA’s legacy alive for fans and family, he is particularly motivated to do so for AKA’s daughter, Kairo, whom AKA shared with DJ Zinhle. Leading up to AKA’s funeral at Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg, friends and fellow artists gathered to share stories of their journey with the late star.
Tony is keen on documenting these stories by his friends and fans and turning them into a coffee-table book. He expressed, “As much as we were sad at that point, just hearing those stories lifted us. It’s still difficult, but I thought, ‘what if we take those stories and capture them in a book?’ So that’s what I’m going to do. It’s a coffee-table book which will be like my Chicken Soup For the Soul, that when I’m down, I think about what they said, and one day Kairo will read the book as well.”