“WHAT ATTRACTED me to Tsambo was his passion for music and the way he flowed with his lyrics, a genius lyricist and an Africanist,” once commented artist manager Vusi Leeuw on discovering the late HHP.
Jabulani Tsambo, better known by his stage name Hip Hop Pantsula, later shortened to HHP, was a South African Motswako rapper who performed in several languages, mostly in Setswana.
An inaugural HHP Memorial Lecture has been scheduled for Saturday (14 September- in what would have been his 39th birthday) at the North West University Mahikeng Campus.
The organizer of the lecture is led by his friend, rapper and farmer Mo Molemi, with the help of Jabbas family.
“The lecture is open the public and notable figures will be amongst the guests to deliver the address, including his mother- an academic,” said Molemi, who also encouraged attendants to register as seats are limited.
Hip Hop Pantsula was discovered dead in his Jozi home home on 24 October 2018. It was speculated that he had committed suicide in what was his fourth attempt following three in 2015.
In 2016 he revealed that he had been battling depression due to his faltering career.
HHP also unearthed talents of the likes of Khuli Chana, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Lemonka, Tuks and Fifi Cooper, amongst others.
Continued Leeuw:” I connected with him because we both love The Notorious B.I.G’s music. Tsambo created the foundation for motswako music for various rappers such as Khuli Chana, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Lemonka, Mo Molemi, Tuks and others”.
Rest eternally in Peace Jabba– we’re poorer without you!
Image (HHP to be honoured at an inaugural memorial lecture in his hometown- Mahikeng on Sat 14).