The IFP has expressed its deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of award-winning hip-hop artist Jabulani Tsambo, 38, affectionately known as HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), who passed on yesterday at his home in Randpark Ridge, western Johannesburg, following a bout of depression.
We are still reeling from shock following the statement released by the family confirming the death of this young talented artist whom we still held in high regard and expected a lot from. Jabba, as he was often called by his adoring fans, was on the league of his own and his body of work and longevity is a testament to that. He was a creative force who understood the importance of preserving our heritage and culture. At the time were our youth was lured to the imported cultures of Europe, he made it fashionable to tell stories through his music using South African languages.
Indeed, South Africa has been robbed of its hero and icon who in his selfless personality paved the way for many artists whom we have come to celebrate to date. Many of these artists mirrored themselves against his formula of making music before eventually finding their niche. Truly, South Africa is poorer without him.
The fact that his passing is allegedly a result of depression should be of grievous concern to all South Africans as it spells to us that we cannot continue to ignore mental or neurological disorders such as depression. We need to open dialogue on such mental illnesses and come up with lasting solutions that are going to help us save lives.
On behalf of the IFP, I wish to send our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to his family; and all who knew him well and can attest to his brilliance as a rapper, poet and trendsetter of the music genre called Motswako music. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Bonginkosi Dhlamini, MPL
IFP Gauteng Leader
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