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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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Bongeziwe Mabandla Debuts New Album ‘iimini’

The critically lauded singer has delivered a lush 12-track project.

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On his third album, SAMA award-winning artist, Bongeziwe Mabandla, offers up a collection of songs that trace the unfolding of love with pure sonic beauty, from the day of first meeting to the heartbreaking end.

Titled iimini, Mabandla’s offering presents a cycle of 12 songs, with a beginning, middle and end, and is intended to be listened to as a whole. It’s the latest from the artist whose singular repertoire has gained him the title of “the enigmatic spirit of African soul”.

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Bongeziwe’s stunning new album has received applause from Sam Smith. Photo by Justice Mukheli

It’s also the first to be released with Platoon, a London-based artist services company that is playing a role in helping African and South African artists showcase their creativity to the world.

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iimini starts off with meeting someone and how feelings evolve to love, and then the pain and heartache of being with someone,” says Mabandla of the album’s underpinning theme. “The last songs are about the end of relationship and the cutting of ties, and basically the separation of people who used to be incomplete without each other.”

Mabandla explains that his attachment to one-theme albums (the notion of marvelling and miracles drove Mangaliso) springs from a desire to make visible what is important in his own life. “But the difficulty of making an album about one thing is that you have to find the multiple stories within that single subject,” he confides.

In searching for these narratives, Mabandla drew inspiration from his roots – growing up in Tsolo, a rural part of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, and then moving to study acting in Johannesburg. “I’ve always loved listening to lyrics. South Africans love storytelling in a song and I am led by a desire to be part of that tradition when writing.”

With a repertoire centred around 2012’s Umlilo, the award-winning Mangaliso and now iimini, Mabandla is building his audience, both at home and internationally.

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The latter part of 2019 saw him play Reeperbahn Festival (Germany), Lake of Stars (Malawi), five dates at Afrovibes Festival (Netherlands), Womex (Finland), and the Oslo World Festival (Norway). In November 2019 he performed to a sold-out audience at London’s 100 Club along with eight dates in France (including sold-out shows in Paris and Strasbourg), and his first sold out show in Zurich, Switzerland.

For the artist, there’s a natural progression from his first days performing his songs on just an acoustic guitar to his current standing as one of Africa’s most adventurous, engaging and essential artists.  “I started off as a folk artist, but my music is evolving and changing and iimini captures where I am right now just perfectly,” Mabandla concludes.

iimini is released by Platoon, seeing Mabandla join the likes of Princess Nokia, Victoria Monet, Maleek Berry, Mr Eazi, Santi, Odunsi the Engine, Kwesi Arthur, Samthing Soweto, Ami Faku, Sun-El Musician, Sino Solo, Msaki and The Word of Birds in releasing through the defiantly artist-centric music company.

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Nasty C Inks a Deal With Def Jam

Nasty C Inks a deal with Iconic Hip Hop Label Def Jam Recordings

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Nasty C Signs To Def Jam

Rap wordsmith, Nasty C announced on the socials that he penned a deal with American hip hop label Def Jam Recordings.

The nitty gritties of the deal revealed that the contract is a joint venture with Universal Music Africa. To signal his new lease in life, he’s dropping new music on the label this evening around 10:30 p.m. CAT. The new record is titled There They Go and you can hear it first on Apple Music Beats 1 with Ebro Darden.

The award-winning rapper has teased fans on Instagram about his collabo with Storm Hustle this week. The taste was enough to get critics riled up in anticipation of his upcoming third album Zulu Man with Some Power. His critically acclaimed sophomore project, Strings and Bling got him two continental gongs in the All African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMAs) and two South African Music Awards.

The music video of the new track was shot in Durban and directed by Andrew Sandler. You can get a peak of the visuals on Trace Urban music channel on DSTV this evening.

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New Scorpion Kings Live Concert Date Announced

Scorpion Kings Live Concert New Date Announced. Will Your be There?

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The event organiser of the Scorpion Kings Live Concert announced a new date of the much anticipated event to be held at the Sun Arena. Originally, the 3-hour long show was scheduled to take place on the 11th of April. Following the terror caused by the Coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa made a ‘State of Disaster’ announcement that forced organisers to postpone postpone the event.

The show is now confirmed to take place on Women’s Day, Sunday the 9th of August at the Sun Arena in Pretoria. While the government suggests we stay indoors, the show must go on. That’s why Kabza De Small and Dj Maphorisa will bless the streets with a series of live streams on their social media platforms over the next few weeks. Make sure you get your ticket soon, with only 2000 tickets left on sale.

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