In the wake of AKA’s recent triumph at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs), the rapper’s Brand Manager, Mahlatse Sethole, affectionately known as Zazboy, took to social media to express his heartfelt gratitude and admiration for the late artist’s success.
Zazboy began his tribute by reflecting on what AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Forbes, would have said or done on the night of the awards.
“It would be remiss of me not to speak from the heart, as I believe that’s what he would’ve wanted,” Zazboy shared. “I’d like to express my gratitude to our Lord and Savior; through Him, all things are possible.”
Zazboy went on to thank the Forbes family for sharing their son with South Africans and the world, acknowledging that their contribution is greatly appreciated.
He also expressed his gratitude to the South African music community for recognizing AKA’s immense contribution to the industry. Zazboy emphasized that the SAMAs not only belong to AKA but also to the fans who have been a driving force throughout his career.
The Brand Manager didn’t forget to extend his appreciation to AKA’s dear friends, who have shown continuous and unconditional love and support. He even gave a special shoutout to the Solid Oke Foundation, a nod to AKA’s close circle of friends.
Zazboy didn’t stop there. He took the opportunity to acknowledge the incredible team behind AKA’s success, including the Mega Band, collaborators, producers, songwriters, engineers, and all the creatives who have contributed to making AKA’s albums timeless masterpieces.
In addition, Zazboy expressed gratitude to the legal team, brand managers, booking agents, compilers, DJs, promoters, and all the relevant business associates who have played a vital role in building AKA’s remarkable brand.
The Brand Manager also took a moment to acknowledge the SAMAs, as well as other award ceremony platforms and record labels that continue to celebrate and honor icons like AKA.
And of course, Zazboy couldn’t forget to thank the MEGACY, AKA’s devoted fan base. He expressed his deep appreciation for their unwavering love, loyalty, and support. To them, he said, “you guys are the best!!!!”
Closing his tribute, Zazboy addressed AKA’s daughter, Kairo, reminding her of how deeply her father cherished her.
He emphasized that having a daughter like her was AKA’s greatest accomplishment, surpassing even his music awards and fame. Zazboy assured Kairo that her father’s love and pride will always be with her.
Finally, Zazboy honoured AKA’s legacy and congratulated him on his SAMA win. He ended his tribute with the words, “LONG LIVE SUPAMEGA LIVE LONG,” signifying the everlasting impact AKA has had on the music industry and his fans.