The tragic and untimely passing of Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes has left the nation of South Africa and his fans across the globe engulfed with grief. Despite the loss of this iconic and beloved artist, the Forbes family has acknowledged the outpouring of support and love that they have received from the people of South Africa and beyond.
In the midst of their grief, AKA’s family has decided to honor his legacy by moving forward with the release of his highly anticipated album, The Mass Country, on February 24th, 2023. This decision was made to celebrate the life of their son and to ensure that his final work is shared with the world as he intended.
Before his passing, The Mass Country was already one of the most anticipated albums of 2023 in South Africa, and AKA was fully invested in the project. His team, including Manager & Co-Executive Producer Nivo, worked closely with him to ensure that the roll-out and content creation were done to his exact specifications.
The release of The Mass Country will be managed by AKA’s team at Vth Season, The T Effect, and Sony Music Entertainment Africa. Despite their profound sadness, the support and blessings of the family have made it possible for them to continue with the release and to celebrate the life and legacy of The SUPA MEGA through his music.
The Managing Director at Sony Music Entertainment Africa, Sean Watson, expressed his deepest sympathies and condolences to AKA’s family, friends, and fans, stating that the loss of not only an icon but also someone who was dear to the Sony family had left their hearts broken.
Long-time friend, advisor, and business partner at Vth Season, Raphael Benza, shared how AKA’s energy and the expectations from the Megacy had fueled him to make a masterpiece. Even in their saddest moments, they were delighted to share the music that AKA had left behind for eternity.
In honor of AKA’s wishes, the next single release will be Company, a collaboration with his longtime friend and collaborator, Kiddominant. The single was recorded in Los Angeles during his January holiday and is scheduled for release on Friday, February 17th.
The legacy of AKA will undoubtedly live on through his music, and the Forbes family’s decision to release The Mass Country is a testament to their love for their son and his unwavering dedication to his craft.