By: Natasha Archary
AKA released ‘Tears Run Dry’ in tribute to Anele Tembe to mark what would have been her 22nd birthday this Monday. Taking to his social media, the rapper captioned the post, “Happy birthday Baby.”
The Fela In Versace hitmaker who has a new album out with Costa Titch, shared a snippet of the track in June and it’s now complete.
Aka has spoken out about allegations that his relationship with Anele had abusive undertones after images of him breaking down a door went viral after her death.
His fiancé Anele, passed away after falling to her death from the 10th story of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town on 11 April.
He denied allegations that he had physically abused her but admitted that their relationship was “tumultuous” and they were “very passionate.”
“She was my wife to be. I wake up every day and I find it very hard to get up in the morning and make it through the day.”
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Lyrics to the song echo that narrative, with the chorus serving as a haunting reminder that Anele is no longer by his side. He has previously shared posts in tribute to Anele and on Father’s Day shared a message to her dad Moses Tembe.
In an interview promoting his album with Costa Titch, AKA became defensive when asked to recount “the incident” with Anele.
“You see it’s an incident to you. To me, it’s not. This is my life and it’s not up for discussion,” he responded.
Lyrics to Tears Run Dry:
First thing on my mind/When I wake up.
I cannot feel sunshine with you not waking up by my side.
Nothing else can replace us. Try to break down and cry, but all my tears run dry.
We left out some parts of the hook that were harder to hear.
I saw you in my dreams
Not because I don’t want to link up with you again
But because when I wake up reality is deep.
Check my phone I reach I could see usual routine
Damn, we had so many plans mfanagithi
And I call you that because you my bestie not my bi**h
When I got to bed you gon remind me brush your teeth
That’s my favourite version of you, you were just at ease
I found the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.