AN EMOTIONAL but fitting memorial service of the late ProKid had politicians, fellow artists and friends beating their chest out in the way the Soweto’s first rapper was ignored.
EFF’s leader Sello Julius Malema gave a resounding tribute and warned that artists dying as paupers should be a thing of the past by taking care of themselves, that was preceded by a standing ovation.
Packed to raptures Bassline in Newtown was turned into a jamboree as artist after each, rappers and music executives joined in the celebration.
Former ANC spokesperson now Head of Presidency Zizi Kodwa also sent message of condolences to the family, friends and colleagues within the industry.
In 2007 Pro travelled to the Netherlands to record with that countries much loved group, Tripple & Touch, an experience he cherished, as he got to perform at various clubs around Amsterdam and got to share the stage with the likes of P. Diddy.
His entertaining and captivating live performances also afforded him the opportunity to be an opening act for HipHop international giants like Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent.
In 2006 he co-presented SABC1’s dance show, Jika Ma Jika.
He was part of a Soweto rappers group Saudi Westerns- before going solo. Pro also had a street wear clothing shop at Maponya Mall.
His family also made a request for all entrances into Soweto to be filled with statues of the late musician.
The funeral will take place on Sunday 18 at the Heroes Acre in Westpark Cemetery on Sunday.
Robalang ka ntho madi a tshologe bo Khabazela!! Dankie San!!
In his memory, the SA Hip Hop Community has come together to throw a fitting tribute ‘Dankie San’ concert at Zone 6, Diepkloof-Soweto on August 26.
It will feature SA’s best AKA, HHP, Kwesta, Cassper Nyovest, K.O., Gigi LaMayne, Reason, Skwatta Kamp, Da Les, Stogie-T, Amunishn, L-Tido, Rouge, JR, Nadia Nakai, Jub Jub, Kid-X, Ma-E, Blaklez, Red Button, Yanga, Zubz, Ntukza, P Dot O, Nveigh, Solo and the BETR gang, Nothende, Max-Hoba and F-Eezy.
DJ line-up includes Citi Lyts, DJ Fresh, Vigilante, Major League DJs, DJ Dimplez, DJ Capital, DJ Switch, P Kuttah, C-live, DJ 1D, DJ Milkshake, Ms Cosmo, P-Kuttah, DJ Mr X, DJ ZanD , DJ Rizz and DJ Zai Maya.
Moozlie, Lee Kasumba, Lootlove and Sandile GQ will MC the event.
Tickets are available from Computicket from R100 for general access and R250 for VIP.
All proceeds from the concert will go into an education fund for PRO’s daughter Nonkanyezi.
It will begin from 1pm until 1am- 26 August 2018.
Meanwhile, the world over is also mourning the death of Queen of Soul, Aretha Louise Franklin.
She passed away peacefully at her home after a lengthy battle with cancer that was diagnosed in 2010.
Queen of Soil who had a sterling career spanning 18 Grammy Awards, was a regular visitor to SA, having mesmerized her fans with the likes of hits Ever Changing Times, Rose is a Rose, Willing to Forgive and Respect amongst others.
Beyonce and husband Jay-Z made a stop over at the Detroit, Aretha’s birth-place, during their “On the Run II” tour recently, as part of honouring her.
She once made ex- US Pres Barrack Obama cry and was long ago anointed the ‘Queen of Soul’ and although there have been a few pretenders to her throne over the years, she still reigned imperiously, regularly cited as the greatest female singer of modern times.
She announced her retirement in 2017 as a result of ill-health.
She was 76.
Rest in Peace Queen of Soul…