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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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Toni Braxton Is Coming To South Africa!

What’s Good? Toni is bringing her tour to the land.

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Toni Braxton is coming to South Africa!

The Grammy award winning RnB icon on Tuesday announced the inclusion of South Africa on her As Long As I Live World Tour.

The concert is presented by event promoters, Glen 21 Entertainment in association with McDonalds and powered by Kaya Fm 95.9, Home of the Afropolitan. The SA tour will include shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town taking place later this year.

Braxton rose to become one of the best selling RnB artists of all time during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, where she cultivated a catalogue boasting a slew of timeless classics and chart- toppers.

Respected as a legend for her contributions in shaping the soul and RnB soundscape of her day and beyond, Toni Braxton is a diva loved not only for the songs that continue sparking nostalgia, but also for her distinct vocal tone, which is impossible to imitate.

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The tour aligns with the celebration of Braxton’s 25 years in the music business.

Behind timeless hits such as “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “Seven Whole Days,” “Un-Break My Heart” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough, this multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer actress and seven-time Grammy Award-winner will be belting the fave bops this November.

The Johannesburg show will take place on the 9th November at the Ticketpro Dome and the Cape Town at the Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino on 12thNovember.

Reflecting on her silver anniversary and hit album Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton says she’s still in love with music and the possibilities it affords. “There have been moments when I felt defeated; felt I let myself down,” she says in a press statement. “Even if I fail, music gives me enough strength to try something different. I’ve come full circle—yet there are still so many things to do.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 

 TONI BRAXTON’S “AS LONG AS I LIVE TOUR”

JOHANNESBURG

VENUE: Ticketpro Dome

DATE: 9th November 2019

Various  VIP hospitality packages are available at the Ticketpro Dome. Contact Leane on 011 794 5800 or Leane@ticketprodome.co.za to book.

CAPE TOWN 

VENUE: Grand Arena, GrandWestwest

DATE: 12th November 2019

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Sho Madjozi’s ‘John Cena’ Gets The International Love

Her latest banger is making waves oorkant.

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Not only is Sho Madjozi’s performance of her previously unreleased toon, John Cena,  currently trending at #1 on Youtube, it’s also caught the scarce attentions of, well, John Cena.

The song, which first premiered last week on the popular online music platform, Colors, has sparked quite the frenzy in the WWE universe, where it’s being shared virally.

John Cena (the wrestler) shared a magazine cover of Sho Madjozi on his Instagram page, introducing the Xitsonga rapstar to his legions of adoring fans.

The WWE social platforms also showed some love to the performance, sharing it for their followers to enjoy.


Sho Madjozi, who appears on the latest cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine, is having quite the triumphant year. The 27 year old rapper, who appears on our list of the 7 Biggest South African Female Artists of 2019, took home a BET Award earlier in the year. She accepted the award as “a testament that you can be any girl from any village, in any forgotten part of the world, and you can still be a superstar.”

The Limpopo Champions League hitmaker kicked off the momentum being featured as Apple Music’s ‘Artist of the Month in January, a cute milestone which bore testimony to her rising cultural capital and importance to the South African soundscape.

Having first launched herself as Maya The Poet, Madjozi’s songwriting has its genesis back when she used to be a ghost writer for other rappers. It wasn’t until her collaborator, Okmalumkoolkat, encouraged her to tackle the spotlight. Subsequently featured on his gqom hit, Gqi.

In December 2018, Sho Madjozi thrilleda crowd of more than 50 000 as of the headline acts at The Global Citizen Festival, where she performed alongside the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Beyoncè, JAY Z, Chris Martin, Pharell, Usher and a slew of the world’s hottest acts.

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Riky Rick’s Cotton Fest Slated For Early 2020

If it’s good, give it a sequel.

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Summer is around the corner, so the time to start finalising the party calendar is here. Riky Rick knows that, so he’s timed the announcement for the return of the Cotton Fest just in time.

The rapper and culture enthusiast on Thursday announced the triumphant return of the Cotton Fest, the successful urban music event that saw its debut earlier this year.

Merging both known and unknown South African talent, Cotton Fest showcases the diversities in hiphop while fusing the gaps within the different local movements.

Although the exact date is yet to be confirmed, we can report that the second edition of the shindig is slated for February 2020.

And for the looming February date, Riky Rick plans to scale with the growing clout. The one-day urban music and fashion explosion is back with plans to be even bigger and better.

The announcement was twinned with the premiere of the 2019 Cotton Fest Aftermovie, which showcases the hottest scenes from the ground.

“Following the highly successful festival this year, it was an obvious move to do it again. Thanks to the support of every single artist, concert goer and even the suppliers we worked with, this festival made history, changed the game in a positive way”, said Riky Rick in a meeting earlier today and added, “We started planning Cotton Fest 2.0 the first week after the show, back in February. 2020 is gonna be on another level.’

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