HIP Hop Pantsula is timeless. On Wednesday, October 24, the nation was shocked to discover that, at just 38, the musician who was born Jabulani Tsambo had died. But like Wu-Tang, he is forever.
Derived from his first name, Jabba was another nickname that HHP answered to. In recent months, he added the X behind Jabba – “to represent 10, my upcoming 10th album” – to signify an evolution in his music and in his personality.
HHP didn’t start Motswako, but took it to unimaginable heights from the late 1990s and beyond. He put Maftown on the map and gave motswako trio, Morafe, their name. He released nine albums.
HHP had shared his time and the stage with Cassper Nyovest back when the only Mufasa we acknowledged was Simba’s dad. His style was clear in JR’s early sound and later, new rappers like Solo sought him out for features.