HHP’s family says they are still shocked by his passing. The 38-year-old Jabaulani Tsambo is regarded as one of the pioneers of local hip hop.
He launched his music career in the late 1990s, releasing a number of hits over the years. One of his biggest songs released in recent years is “bosso ke mang”.
Family spokesperson, Edgar Makgeledise says the family is asking for privacy during this difficult time. “The family is devastated, they are in mourning and we are confirming that Jabulani Tsmabo passed away today (Wednesday). At the time of his passing he was 38 years old. He is survived by his wife, his parents, sisters, his son and nephew. The Tsambos request privacy during this time of mourning. Once all the arrangements have been made the family will make further communication.”
In Mahikeng, North West, where he was born and started his career, residents have received the news with disbelief.
“It’s a very sad day and it’s a big loss to Mahikeng residents,” says one of the residents. Another resident says; “HHP is a legend, all this new stars including Casper were groomed by HHP and the best song I know by him is “bosso ke mang”.
HHP is reported to have been battling depression.
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 #BOSSO. #RIPHHP pic.twitter.com/rHhai694g1
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) October 24, 2018
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture says it is shocked and in disbelief to learn of the death.
The committee expressed concern that South Africa continues to lose some of the most influential artists at a young age and brimming with potential to drive artistic contributions to economic growth.
“While we mourn this loss, we are cognisant of the immense contribution that HHP has given not only to the industry but to humanity in general. He was larger than life character that brought happiness through his music to throngs of music lovers in South Africa and beyond the borders of this country,”says Chairperson of the Committee Xoliswa Tom .
One of the markers of HHP’s contribution, according to the committee, was his respect and appreciation for vernacular languages which he used as a vehicle to deliver his music.
The committee has extended its condolences to his family and friends. “May his music and legacy live long in our hearts. Through his music he will live long beyond these sad days,” says Tom.