South African superstar Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) has died. Jabulani Tsambo’s death was confirmed by his wife and publicist, Lerato Sengadi, on 24 October. Details about the rapper’s death have not been disclosed at this stage. He was 38.
HHP, affectionately known as Jabba, released 11 albums has been nominated several times for awards over the course of his career. He took home two South African Music Awards in 2008 for his album Acceptance Speech. He won the MTV Africa Award for Best Video for Mpitse in 2009. He was among a star-studded list of nominees in the running for Best International Act at the 2011 BET Awards, which included Corrine Bailey Rae, P-Square, Estelle and Sade; ultimately the award went to Dizzee Rascal. His most recent nomination was for MAMA Evolution at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards. The award honours artists who made a mark on African music, and make a mark he certainly did.
He was a true pioneer and helped put Motswako music on the map – a genre now even more popular with artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Khuli Chana and Fifi Cooper.
In 2007 he jived, foxtrotted and waltzed his way into the hearts of many South Africans – including those who are not even hip hop fans – when he took first place on SABC 2’s Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Hayley Bennett.
South Africa will remember Jabba through his music, through classics like Music and Lights, Mpitse, the unforgettable Bosso Ke Mang, and my personal favourite, Tswaka.
Article by: Tiffany Holland