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South African Twitter Reacts to DJ Sbu's Speech at Nipsey Hussle's Memorial Site

DJ Sbu claimed to be "Africa's ambassador for hip-hop" but South Africans are asking who sent him in the first place.

DJ Sbu, real name Sibusiso Leope, is a house musician and has for the longest time been thought to be the masked kwaito rapper Mzekezeke. DJ Sbu seems to always be in the limelight and often for what South Africans feel are the wrong reasons. Albeit a prolific and successful entrepreneur, his perceived "antics" at times overshadow that.


Most recently, DJ Sbu made his way to Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles where a vigil was being held for Eritrean-American rapper Nipsey Hussle who was recently shot dead outside his Marathon Clothing store. In a video clip that DJ Sbu posted onto his Twitter page, he's seen with a megaphone amid the crowd and introduces himself as a musician from Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the video clip, DJ Sbu goes on to say, "I'm here as an ambassador for hip-hop music and the culture in the entire African continent. I represent musicians from the whole continent."

Whilst many South Africans have been dragging DJ Sbu, others have jumped to his defense saying that any African is an ambassador for the continent and DJ Sbu's gesture was symbolic of just that.

The musician later responded to one Twitter user asking who elected him as Africa's ambassador by saying:

"Myself. The day you start traveling to other continents only then you will understand that as soon as you leave your country or continent of origin, automatically you represent where you're from. No one has to elect you. Its your consciousness that should kick in."











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The duo shine as they exchange loving lyrics atop sultry, upbeat production by Prinx Pappi. Stonebwoy opens the track with a fiery verse about giving his all to a love interest, while Teni brings the her usual high-energy to the second verse as she delivers passionate lyrics directed at a lover. Their musical chemistry, making for a catchy jam-worthy track.

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