The Nelson Mandela Of Mutswako dies
South African music sensation Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known as Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP), has died. His wife also his publicist confirmed the news to TshisaLIVE on 24 October.
The multi-award winning artist who was born on 14 September 1980 died at the age of 38, leaving behind his wife Lerato Sangade and two children. The circumstances of his death haven’t been confirmed but it is suspected to be suicide. The rapper had openly confessed he had been suffering from depression and had tried to commit suicide 3 times before in recent years.
Jabba, as he was also known was known as the Architect of a genre which he introduced called ‘Mutswako’ which he used Setwana, featuring isiZulu and Sesotho languages in his music. HHP was also known for his hits such as Harambe , Omang and Bosso
Close companions of the musician visited his home upon hearing the news of his passing on, amoung them a long time friend and producer Thabiso ‘’Thasman’’ Tsotetsi who described Jabulani as a ‘’creative genious and the Nelson Mandela of Mostwako’’
‘’He is a friend anyone can have. He was loving, caring and a giving person,’’ said Thasman.
HHP started his music career in 1977 with his school friends which was named Verbal Assassins before going solo and releasing the album called which put him on the South African music spotlight.
Just heard the most terrible news … another icon gone too soon. 💔
— AKA (@akaworldwide) October 24, 2018
— Lasizwe (@lasizwe) October 24, 2018
This can’t be true. No ways 💔
— R.M Phoolo (@CassperNyovest) October 24, 2018
Friends and fans of the South African musician took to social media to South African fans to pay their last respects to him including celebrities, as news of the star’s death spread #RIPHHP.
Music sensation AKA tweeted ” just heard the most terrible news…another icon gone too soon.” HHP is the second hiphop icon who has died this year following the death of Linda Mkhize, who was known for his stage name ProKid, who died on August 8 2018 from severe seizure.
HHP earlier this year, said “It was really an honour for me to have shared those real last moments with ProKid,” whilst speaking on Talk Radio 702 about the death of ProKid.
The African National CongresS (ANC) South Africas ruling party, also expressed its condolences.
“The ANC joins millions of South Africans in paying tribute to this music icon who became a beacon of hope and inspired many artists, and individuals in our country,” it said in a statement.
“He left an indelible mark in the country and his inspirational music will continue [to] reverberate [in] our ears for many years to come.”
At the time of his death, Jabba was said to have been compiling a new album.