After hearing AKA’s newest song, Sweet Fire, we’re more convinced than ever that the rapper is finally over his break-up with Bonang Matheba
Kiernan Forbes took a self-imposed vow of silence on social media towards the end of December. It began days after his break-up with media queen, Bonang Matheba, and ended towards mid-January. Since he’s returned, however, he’s taken no prisoners.
His newest song, Sweet Fire released on Thursday and despite being exclusive to iTunes and Apple Music subscribers, thousands of South Africans have already managed to listen to it.
When the rapper shared the inspiration behind the song, it seemed like he was about to address his break-up
“When you lose someone you love, you have to take the time to grieve. Music helps.”
However, he went on to dedicate the song to the late Ray Phiri (and later Hugh Masekela):
“#SweetFire is dedicated to the memory and music of Ray Phiri, Stimela, and all those who have loved and lost.”
We thought it was fair game until we actually heard the song and discovered two lines that just might be directed at his ex-girlfriend.
Local rapper, JR, tweeted the excerpts and his reaction encapsulated how we all felt:
“I remember when I used to cav you, I was tryna get the W….”
“I remember when I use to love you… now I’m bout to burst your bubble, all the bad bads gon’ sub you..”
Hhayi Forbes… 😢
— Jr (@JRafrika) January 25, 2018
The first line suggests that AKA saw Bonang as the woman he might eventually settle down with and marry, with the ‘W’ referring to the word “wife”.
However, if there was any doubt about whether or not AKA has moved on from the relationship, he cleared the air with the second line, which suggests that the girls he sees in the future will probably have some shade to throw in Bonang’s direction.
The Bonang references have not gone unnoticed, but a lot of social media users believe that the lines (and the song) are a weak attempt to hit back at his ex
In fact, many have suggested that AKA’s lyrical punches lack reach ever since he left Bonang:
— Papago Poi (@mpstates300) January 26, 2018
— Man's Not Berry Roux. (@AdvBarryRoux1) January 26, 2018
— Sihle Swag (@makukejaks) January 26, 2018
This is bad #sweetfire……….. I miss the real mega…..tired of bonang's diary……………this is not the a.k.a…who gave us ……. Sim dope…th wrld is urs…….congra and jelousy
I refuse to except this
— lungelo nstiki sibande (@lungzaspecial) January 26, 2018
It looks like Bonang is definitely in AKA’s head:
— Light skinned nigah (@marlone_ngcanga) January 25, 2018