Hip Hop Pantsula
Jabulani Tsambo (14 September 1980 – 24 October 2018), better known by his stage name Hip Hop Pantsula, later shortened to HHP, was a South African Motswako rapper (Motswakolista) who performed in several languages, mostly in Setswana. He was prominent in bringing South African hiphop and motswako rap to the mainstream world. After his death, the African National Congress called him a "music icon who became a beacon of hope and inspired many artists, and individuals in our country".
Hip Hop Pantsula
|Birth name||Jabulani Tsambo|
|Born||14 September 1980|
Mafikeng, North West
|Origin||North West, South Africa|
|Died||24 October 2018 (aged 38)|
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Associated acts||Khuli Chana Cassper Nyovest, Nuru, Omar Hunter El, KayGizm, Asheru|
Tsambo completed his high schooling at St. Alban's College in Pretoria. He was initially part of a group called Verbal Assassins, working with producer Tebogo Rameetse. After the release of their 1997 debut album, Party, the group split up. Pantsula had his next album, Introduction, produced by singer and producer Isaac Mthethwa, and recorded in different South African languages such as Setswana, isiZulu and Sesotho.
Pantsula used the term "Maf-town" as a reference to his hometown of Mafikeng. In 2004 he released O Mang, an album that saw him reuniting with Rameetse as the producer of a track entitled "On My Own". He was honored in September 2007 in the inaugural Mafikeng Golden Stars Awards.
Pantsula released Acceptance Speech in December 2007 with its first single, "Music & Lights". In December 2009, Pantsula released his seventh studio album Dumela. That same year, he collaborated with South African rapper Proverb on a song entitled "Breadwinners", again featuring Tebogo Rameetse on production. He co-chaired a record label, Lekoko Entertainment.
Tsambo was discovered dead in his Johannesburg home on 24 October 2018. The tabloid Celeb Gossip South Africa reported that he had died from suicide in what was his fourth attempt following three in 2015. Tsambo revealed in a 2016 interview that he had been battling depression due to his faltering career.
- Studio albums
- Party (1997)
- Introduction (2000)
- Maf Town (2001)
- O Mang? (2003)
- O Mang Reloaded (2004)
- YBA 2 NW (2005)
- Acceptance Speech (2007)
- Dumela (2009)
- Motswafrika (2011)
- Motswako High School (2014)
- Drum (2018)
- Guest appearances
Awards and NominationsEdit
|2009||MTV AMA||Best Video||Won|||
|2015||MMA||best hip hop award||Pending|
|2017||SATMA||Lifetime achievement Award||Won|||
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- UPDATE: Cause of HHP's death suspected to be suicide, Citizen.co.za
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- Khorsandi, Peyvand (27 October 2018). "Jabulani 'Jabba' Tsambo: Much-loved South African rapper who spoke of peace and unity for Africa". Independent. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
- "South African rapper Jabulani 'HHP' Tsambo dies aged 38". BBC News. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
- Muza Mpofu (25 October 2018). "Jabulani 'HHP' Tsambo a.k.a Hip Hop Pantsula finally kills himself in 4th suicide attempt". Celeb Gossip South Africa. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
- ""HHP honoured with Lifetime Achievement at the SATMA Awards | SA Life". salife. 1 October 2017.
- "@HipHopPantsula honored with Lifetime Achievement at the 2017 SATMA Awards". ispeakhiphop. 4 October 2017.