The Hip-hop music industry is mourning the untimely demise of renowned South African rapper, Hip-Hop Pantsula aka Jabba officially known as Jabulani Tsambo. The legendary rapper who hails from Mahikeng in the North-West Province of South Africa passed away on Wednesday afternoon allegedly due to depression, and his death has sent shockwaves across the entire African continent including Botswana, a peaceful diamond nation which Jabba treated as his second home for decades.
Jessica Levitt and Karishma Thakurdin from Times Live revealed that the rapper’s wife, Lerato Sengadi, confirmed the news. Sengadi, who also played a vital role in HHP’s successful career, struggled to hold it together as she delivered the news.
“Yes, yes, it’s true. I am with the family at the moment,” she told the publication.
Edgar Makgeledise, the family’s spokesperson, in a statement, confirmed the sad news.
“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. At the time of his passing, he was 38-year-old. 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.”
Batswana this week joined the rest of the world in pouring messages of condolences to the Jabba family and the RSA hip-hop industry after news of the “Harambe” hit maker broke out on Wednesday afternoon.
Social media went abuzz with Jabba’s untimely passing. Radio stations also play listed the rapper’s songs in his honour. We also saw renowned Batswana celebrities, musicians and radio presenters expressing their heartfelt condolences to the Tsambo family.
And one such celebrity was Zeus AKA Goabaone Game Bantsi, an internationally celebrated Botswana artist who continues to make amazing strides in his musical journey.
The 32-year-old star has been a trendsetter both locally and internationally. The Imagination hitmaker simply needs no introduction as his musical Guinness has transcended both local and international shores alike.
The versatile rapper took to his social media feed and penned the below engrossing and moving tribute to Jabba, which he shared with us…
I could write a book on what #Jabba meant to me and the Motswako community not only in RSA but entire nations of Setswana speaking people and their Sotho, Pedi cousins in their respective nations.
I couldn’t bring myself to even acknowledge that he is gone despite talking to those closest to him in Joburg and Mafikeng yesterday.
I cried yesterday, waking up crying again and I can already feel a void my big brother from another mother leaves. My mind is stuck on the very first memories of getting to know him.
From buying “Omang Reloaded” in awe at Uncle Shima’s CD store to the life changing call he gave me when I was still in my first year of University and had heard me, Keb and Samba’s demo work from Skizo and wanted us to feature on “We built this city” on YBA2NW.
That recording was one of the most amazing experiences of my younger life because a guy I was mesmerised by since that album I bought saw something great in me and my hommies from BW and did not hesitate to not just get us on a feature but also introduced us to the community they were building.
I am so sorry we weren’t there enough for you, we forgot to remind you just how much we love you when you were here. Condolences to your family and loved ones, Mmagwe Leano was my senior at Monash around about the time we did the first feature and just thinking of the boy himself who lost a father leaves me in pieces.
Life is way too short! Just laid my mother-in-law to rest not even two weeks ago and it’s been one day at a time for me and my wife, earlier this year we said goodbye to Chops, Dice, Zondi about a year ago. It all feels like too much! Tell those that matter you love them and do one better by showing it. You did so much for every Tswana speaking artist, the language and all its peoples which we will forever boast about and preserve for our future generations. Love you big bro! #RobalaKaKagiso