Tributes are pouring for South African hip hop legend and one of the pioneers of Motswako music, Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known as Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP).
Born in Mafikeng on 14 September 1980, HHP passed away on Wednesday. Details around his death are not yet known. However, in the past, he spoke openly about his battle with depression.
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said HHP was a great advocate for African languages, which he masterfully fused with substance and flow like no other.
“He will deservedly go down as one of the most influential and impactful SA hip hop artists of his generation,” the Minister said, adding that he was saddened by his sudden and tragic passing.
The Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture also expressed their concern that South Africa continues to lose some of the most influential artists at a young age.
"While we mourn his loss, we are cognisant of the immense contribution that HHP has given not only to the industry but to humanity in general.
“He was a larger than life character that brought happiness through his music to throngs of music lovers in South Africa and beyond the borders of this country," said chairperson of the committee Xoliswa Tom.
One of the markers of his contribution was his respect and appreciation for vernacular languages, which he used as a vehicle to deliver his music.
The committee extends its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
"May his music and legacy live long in our hearts. Through his music he will live long beyond these sad days," Tom said.
Thousands of South Africans have taken to social media to express their heartbreak over the 38-year-old’s passing. - SAnews.gov.za