South African rapper, Hip Hop Pantsula, Died at 38


Jabulani Tsambo was born on September 14, 1980, and died on October 24, 2018.

He was better known by his stage name Hip Hop Panstula shortened to HHP (pronounced double “H” Fatty P)and his nickname Fatty.

He was a South African Motswako MC.

Pantsula frequently performed in several languages, though mostly in Setswana.

Pantsula was a co-owner of Uzalo.

He attended the St. Alban’s College in Pretoria.

Initially, Pantsula was a part of a group called Verbal Assassins, working closely with producer Tebogo Rameetse.

During 1997, Pantsula and his school friends met with producer Chicco Twala who produced their debut album, Party. But, the band split soon after the release of Party.

He 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.

He often uses the phrase “Maf-town” in his music, which refers to his hometown, Mafikeng, of South Africa’s North West province.

During 2004 HHP released O Mang, an album that saw him reuniting with his old school friend, Tebogo Rameetse as the producer of a track entitled On My Own.

He did a remix of this track, which was produced by “Beatmaker” earned him critical acclaim.

Pantsula was honored in September 2007 in the inaugural Mafikeng Golden Stars Awards held at the Mmabana Convention Centre.

He released Acceptance Speech in December 2007 with its first single, Music & Lights, whose music video features Danny K and US R&B Star Amerie.

He then released his seventh studio album Dumela, in December 2009

During that same year, Pantsula collaborated with another well-known South African rapper, Proverb, on a song entitled Breadwinners, once again featuring Tebogo Rameetse on production.

Pantsula co-chaired a record label, Lekoko Entertainment.

Jabulani Tsambo passed away at 38 years old.


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