South African rapper Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as ‘AKA’, has teased his fans with the draft of a song in honour of his late fiancée, Anele Nellie Tembe. The star, who returned to social media last week, shared snippets of some of the things he does, including playing Monopoly with his family and friends to spend time in the studio.
Last weekend, ‘Casino’ hitmaker Kiernan Jarryd Forbes aka ‘AKA’ posted videos on his Instagram stories showing himself in the studio working on a song called ‘Tears Run Dry’. Still in the draft stage, the lyrics, sung and rapped by ‘AKA’, indicate that nothing can replace a woman. « The first thing that comes to mind when I wake up. Nothing else can replace her, I wish I could break down and cry but all my tears dry up, » he sings.
Still reeling from the tragic death of his fiancée Anele Nellie Tembe on 11 April after a fall from a Cape Town hotel, AKA has found no other remedy for his grief and bitterness than music. « I saw you in my dreams, baby, that’s why I’m too terrified to go to sleep, » the South African rapper also sang in his forthcoming single, a tribute to Anele Nellie Tembe, who died at the age of 22.
Twitter users seem to be impressed that ‘AKA’ channels his emotions through his music. Many Tweeps took to the platform to share their thoughts on « Tears Run Dry ». « This draft of Aka’s ‘Tears Run Dry’ is something else, » commented Winnie Madikizela Mandela. « When Aka drops ‘Tears Run Dry’, SA hip hop is back, » said an impatient Lenard Mazibe.
After the death of his fiancée Nellie Tembe, reports emerged that rapper Kiernan Jarryd Forbes aka « AKA » had been using drugs. He later released a statement in response, saying he would not be drawn into exposing their issues as a couple to defend themselves against « one-sided opinions ».
The rapper’s statement came after a News24 report claimed to have seen footage of Forbes smashing down a wooden door into the bedroom of their flat in Bryanston, Johannesburg, where Tembe was hiding. The incident is said to have taken place on 13 March this year.