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HHP Is Dead At 38 – Reflecting On His Rise To The Top

The Motswako MC’s death was reportedly confirmed by wife and publicist Lerato Sengadi on Wednesday.

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Hip Hop Pantsula has reportedly died.

The sad news was confirmed on Wednesday by his wife and publicist, Lerato Sengadi, to TshisaLive. Real name Jabulani Tsambo, the 38-year-old award winning rapper became one of the best selling South African Hip Hop artists.

Spanning over two decades, his music career has spawned a bevvy of timeless classics and chart-topping commercial anthems, a few which have been applauded for their role in shaping and elevating the landscape of Hip Hop in South Africa.

THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

He shot to fame and amassed much street influence following the triumphant release of his sophomore album,  Maf Town. Though, it wasn’t really until Acceptance Speech was released that HHP – also affectionately known as Jabba – really stamped his place as one of the country’s biggest MCs of all time. .

The third album was a beautiful showcase of Jabba’s rare musical technique, and he applauded for being able to engineer a unique touch of Motswako with a live feel. Perhaps “elegant music”, as he describes it on Chic Music, pays the most accurate tribute to the album.

The 2009 project solidified Jabba as the country’s originator of the Motswako sound, which found him articulating the deliveries of the most personal stories and ideas in his native language, Setswana.

It is because of this reason that he gained prominence as one of the greatest acts to have ever influenced the landscape of Hip Hop in South Africa.

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Acceptance Speech produced a slew of chart-topping hits, a few which would go on to become timeless classics. Amongst these are Music N Lights (Remix), Mpitse, as well as an acoustic, a live themed instrumental version of an older anthem, Tswaka.

HIP HOP PANTSUAL’S INFLUENCE

Jabba is often named by some of the country’s biggest Hip Hop artists as being instrumental in inspiring their own artistic pursuits.

That inexhaustible list includes the likes of Cassper Nyovest and Khuli Chana, whose careers have their genesis in Motswako – the sound HHP had introduced and popularized to the mass market. Nyovest has continued paying respect to HHP and the role he played in shaping his career.

DEPRESSION 

The Hip Hop artist has been open about his battle with clinical Depression, which has been linked to three highly publicized suicide attempts. In 2016, he went to rehab to “clear his system of anti-depressants”, reported Daily Sun.

The cause of his death is not yet known.

 

 

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Internship Applications for Cassper’s Fill Up Moses Mabhida – Details

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Cassper Nyovest is looking for young people to work at his upcoming Fill Up Moses Mabhida stadium shindig.

The rapper on Monday announced the return of the Fill Up Internship programme, which he first launched in 2017 as he conquered FNB Stadium.

Nyovest started the internship programme as a means to pay it forward and equip young people with tangible skills across various event disciplines.

This year’s Fill Up Internship Programme will be open to Durban residents only.

Anyone 18 years old and above may apply.

The application process will be done via interviews.

Interested candidates need only bring along their IDs and attend the interview session.

The following departments will be interviewing for interns: Operations, Talent Operations, Logistics, Accreditation, Hospitality & Catering, Merchandise, Marketing, PR and Sponsorship.

Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018

Time: Interviews will take place between 10 am and 3 pm

Location: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

The #FillUpMosesMabhida Internship Programme will run from Wednesday, 28 November 2018 until Friday, 30 November 2018. All interns will also be required to attend the concert on Saturday, 1 December 2018 to apply their learnings.

Ticket prices range from R100 – R450 and hospitality packages range from R1495 to R2999. Tickets can be purchased at all major stores with Computicket outlets or online here

 

 

 

 

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Swizz Beatz Has Been Confirmed For Black Coffee’s ‘Music Is King’ Concert

Swizz Beatz is billed to perform at Black Coffee’s looming Music Is King Concert on December 15th.

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The first batch of performers at Black Coffee’s hotly anticipated Music Is King concert featured a fine selection of the continent’s hottest acts. And on Thursday, Swizz Beatz became the first international act to be unveiled as being part of the line-up.

The acclaimed American Hip Hop music producer, who is currently adding final touches to his highly anticipated album, Poison, will perform alongside a bevvy of Africa’s finest on December 15th at ProTicket Dome, when Black Coffee is hosting his inaugural Music Is King concert.

Swizz Beatz, having recently made a massive noise sparking on-going online conversations with his production of the Lil Wayne single ‘Uproar’, this famed New York DJ, Rapper and producer is no stranger to SA having recently been here. He will return to play an exclusively curated set for his South African fanbase alongside DJ friend Black Coffee.

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The inaugural Music Is King Concert, an international concert experience and brainchild of SA’s own Black Coffee with the support of Soulistic Music and U-Live Africa today announced an additional waves of performers to join headliners Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Burna Boy and Riky Rick at the concert taking place this December in Johannesburg.

Local favourites Kenzhero and DJ China have also been added to the lineup. Having built a huge local and international following, these superstar DJs have been creating music for over two decades.

Also joining the line-up is international label Keinemusik’s own &ME.

With his hit track ‘Muye’ remixed by Black Coffee currently on high rotation on SA airwaves right now, he recently released his debut EP on DJ Koze’s Pampa Records ‘In Your Eyes’. As co-founder of the incomparable Keinemusik label, &ME has proven to be a master of impeccable delivery in his productions over the past few years.

Internationally acclaimed DJ Black Coffee earlier this month confirmed this mammoth undertaking, the Music is King concert which would feature his industry friends alongside a long list of other surprises not to be announced.

Music Is King set to take place at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg this December.

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Nasty C, AKA, Shekhinah On Spotify’s Most Streamed SA Artists

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Being one of the most nominated MCs at the looming SA Hip Hop Awards is not the only thing Nasty C will be celebrating this week.

Spotify has also named him the most streamed South African artist for 2018, putting him in the good running to dominate year-end charts with just as much impact.

Nasty comes ahead of some of the year’s hottest acts in the past fiscal – a list including AKA, Jeremy Loops, Shekhinah and Dj Maphorisa. Mind you, that makes Shekhinah the most streamed South African female artist.

The giant music streaming platform also revealed their most streamed international artists, and Drake’s In My Feelings anthem dominates. No surprises there.

In addition to topping every chart with a slew of scorchers and a hit album this year, Aubrey also broke the internet with the viral #InMyFeelingsChallenge, which saw millions sharing homemade clips of themselves vibing to the song.

Not even a near-fatal diss by Pusha T could stop the Dreezy’s momentum.

In total Drake appeared a further four times on the list of Spotify’s Top Global Songs of Summer 2018 (northern hemisphere).

He also consistently dominates the top 10 most streamed songs by South African audiences list since Spotify’s March, 13th South African launch (see full rankings below) with God’s Plan at number one, In My Feelings at number three and Nice For What at number six.

Girls like You by Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B) came in second on the global summer list and featured at number 10 on the top songs streamed by South African audiences since launch rankings.  Post Malone is also shown local love by appearing three times on this list with Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) at number five, Better Now at number seven and Rockstar at number nine. 

The top 10 artists most streamed by South African audiences since launch*

  1. Drake
  2. Post Malone
  3. XXXTENTACION
  4. Ed Sheeran
  5. Kanye West
  6. J. Cole
  7. Eminem
  8. Khalid
  9. The Weeknd
  10. Maroon 5

The top 10 tracks most streamed by South African audiences since launch*

  1. God’s Plan – Drake
  2. SAD! – XXXTentacion
  3. In My Feelings – Drake
  4. Love Lies (with Normani) – Khalid
  5. Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
  6. Nice For What – Drake
  7. Better Now – Post Malone
  8. Young Blood – 5 Seconds of Summer
  9. Rockstar – Post Malone
  10. Girls Like You – Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B)

The top 10 local artists most streamed by South African audiences since launch*

  1. Nasty C
  2. AKA
  3. Jeremy Loops
  4. GoldFish
  5. SnotKop
  6. Shekhinah
  7. Joyous Celebration
  8. Sun-EL Musician
  9. DJ Maphorisa
  10. Fokofpolisiekar

The top 10 local tracks most streamed by South African audiences since launch*

  1. GoldFish – Hold Your Kite (feat. Sorana)
  2. Lady Zamar – Collide
  3. Mlindo The Vocalist – AmaBlesser (feat. DJ Maphorisa)
  4. Sun-EL Musician – Bamthathile
  5. Kwesta – Spirit (feat.Wale)
  6. Shekhinah – Suited
  7. Black Coffee – Drive (feat. David Guetta)
  8. Shekhinah – Please Mr
  9. DJ Maphorisa & DJ Raybel – iWalk Ye Phara (feat. Moonchild Sanelly, K.O & Zulu Mkhathini)
  10. Dlala Mshunqisi, Distruction Boyz & DJ Tira – Pakisha

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