Pioneering South African Rapper HHP Has Died
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Music fans in South Africa are in mourning following the unexpected death of legendary rapper, HHP, who died on Wednesday. He was 38. The rapper’s family issued a statement, confirming his passing. “It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that Jabulani Tsambo, known to his fans as Hip Hop Pantsula passed away today, Wednesday, 24 October 2018,” the statement read. “He is survived by his wife, his parents, two sisters, his son and nephew. The Tsambo’s request privacy during this time of mourning. Once all arrangements have been made, the family will make further communication.” Born Jabulani Tsambo in Mahikeng, HHP helped to popularize rap music across the country. Over the course of his two decades in the business, HHP released eight studio albums and helped to push the genre forward in South Africa. Following news of his death, the South African government issued a statement about the loss of one of the nation’s most popular artists. “We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of the legendary Motswako Rapper Jabulani #HHP #Jabba Tsambo. Robala ka kgotso,” the government tweeted. The African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, also issued a statement about HHP’s passing. “ANC joins millions of South Africans in paying tribute to music icon Hip Hop Pantsula who became a beacon of hope, inspired many artists and individuals in our country,” the group tweeted. HHP’s peers and fans took to social media to express their shock and sadness at his passing. While details about his death have yet to be confirmed, HHP’s impact will be felt across South Africa forever. Rest in power.