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South African Hip-Hop pioneer Hip-Hop Pantsula has passed away



His wife and popular publicist, Lerato Sengadi, who also played a vital role in HHP’s successful career, struggled to hold it together as she delivered the news.

Veteran rapper, South Africa’s Hip-Hop pioneer, Hip-Hop Pantsula (HHP) has passed away on Wednesday. Jabulani Tsambo aka HHP has been confirmed dead in the early hours of today.

Details about the real cause of his death are still sketchy.

Fans and fellow artists have begun sharing their tributes to HHP on social media and expressed their utmost shock of the news.

Hip-Hop Pantsula (HHP), real name Jabulani Tsambo, was born on 14 September 1980. He grew up in Mafikeng, Pretoria.

While there is still wide debates on who may be said to have exactly pioneered Motswako rap between HHP and his hometown cohort, Khuli Chana, his name still ring bells in the corridors of South African Hip-Hop historians.

38-year-old, HHP’s successes had him release critically-acclaimed and commercially successful albums such as MaftownYBA 2 NW and Acceptance Speech.

In a remix of Music & Lights which happen to be one of his most successful hits, He had Amerie, American artiste on board.

The rapper was, for the past two years, battling with depression and the urge to end his life.

His wife, Sengadi however has revealed to Times Live that it was not possible to state exactly the cause of his death.

HHP’s fans were hit by the sad news and have expressed their emotions in diverse ways.

AKA, a popular South African rapper, could not hold back his disbelief at the news he had just heard.

Many other fans could not believe how, in one year, two of South Africa’s HIP-HOP pioneers could pass away at such a relatively young age.

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