Kiernan Jordan Forbes (born 28 January 1988 in Cape Town), better known as AKA, is a South African rapper and producer.
In 2002, he was part of the rap group Entity that had a hit with "Touch N Go". Entity were nominated in 2005 for "Best African Hip Hop" in the KORA Awards and performed during the event.
As Entity disbanded in 2006, AKA went on to study sound engineering and later joined Buks and Kamza to form the production collective The I.V. League in 2007 known. His production credits include tracks by PRO, Tuks Senganga, Andile, Shugasmakx, Khuli Chana, Teargas, Psyfo, Jub Jub, Loyiso Bala, Bala Brothers, Jae, JR and Proverb.
He also ventured for a solo career with hits like "Mistakes", "In My Walk" and "Do It" with the latter making it to number 1 on the South African 5FM Top 40. He won Metro FM Music Awards for "Best Newcomer", "Best Hip Hop" as a solo act and "Best Produced Album" for his debut Altar Ego. It is then that he was dubbed "Prince of South African Rap" by one of the national newspapers. He also won "Best Dressed man" during the GQ awards in South Africa alongside South Africa spring runner Oscar Pistorius.
AKA has opened for Kanye West, Snoop Lion, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar in their South African tours. He has won many awards including "Best Street Urban Music Album" and "Male Artist of the Year" at the 18th South African Music Awards (SAMA) South African equivalent to the Grammys. In 2011, he received Channel O's "Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video" for "Victory Lap".