Jabulani Tsambo also known as Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) or Jabba, was an award winning South African rapper who tended to perform in different ethnic languages, but mainly Setswana.
HHP completed his high school at St. Alban’s College in Pretoria Initially he was in a group called Verbal Assassins who had their debut album, Party, in 1997 when working with producer Chicco Twala.
However, the group later split after their release and HHP began working with singer/ producer Isaac Mthethwa on his single debut album, called Introduction.
The album established a new and innovative genre that incorporated several South African tongues like Setswana, Isizulu, and Sesotho.
He frequently employed the phrase “Maf-town” that relates to his hometown, Mafikeng, of South Africa’s North West province.
In 2004 he released O Mang, an album that saw him reuniting with Rameetse as the producer of a track entitled On My Own.The remix of this track earned him critical acclaim..
In 2007, he was on our television screen in a dancing competitions known as Strictly Come Dancing and won the competition alongside his dancing partner Haley Bennett.
That same year(2007) in September He was honoured in in the inaugural Mafikeng Golden Stars Awards held at the Mmabana Convention Centre, for having been one of the people from his hometown to have transcended in his field.
In 2008 he starred as himself in 11 episodes of the e.tv musical soapie Rhythm City.
He made his debut on the show on 4 April, 2008. HHP was one of the featured celebrities on the first season of the South African version of the genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? (based on the British series of the same name), which premiered on SABC2 in May 2009.
In December 2009 he released his seventh studio album Dumela.
HHP has been nominated 20 different times and has won 11 awards so far, he has worked with artists such as Nas and Amerie, released seven albums, earned a BET award nomination for best international act in 2010, and MTV Africa Music Award in his eleven years of being in the music industry.
He co-chaired a record label, Lekoko Entertainment. In 2016 the rapper legend revealed that he had been battling with depression and had attempted suicide three times during the year 2015.
HHP was found dead in his Johannesburg home on the 24th of October 2018.11.01 Ho tsoa lelapeng la Surge Zirc SA re re ophomole ka khotso JABBA