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South Africans Remember Rap Legend HHP a Year After His Death

It's another summer without Jabba.

It's been a year since South Africa lost one of its biggest rap legends in Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) or Jabba, as he was affectionately known. The 38-year-old, who made a name for himself in the South African hip-hop sub-genre of motswako alongside other heavyweights such as Khuli Chana, Fifi Cooper and Cassper Nyovest, reportedly committed suicide following a long battle with depression. With hits such as "Bosso" and "Music and Lights", HHP was credited with being one of the first artists to fuse kwaito and hip-hop and achieve mainstream success.


READ: HHP, the Ultimate Bosso, Gave Me a Childhood Filled with Feel-Good Jams—Sizom'khumbula

South Africans on social media are paying tribute to HHP and his incredible contribution to the music space. From the country's Minister of Sport, Nathi Mthethwa, his customary wife Lerato Sengadi to fellow musicians DJ Fresh, Solo and Ice Prince (who released the track "A Verse for Jabba"), messages remembering the musician's life have been pouring in.




Following the musician's death, his wife has been in a constant legal battle with his family as it pertains to his estate. It was later discovered, however, that HHP had left everything in his will to his 14-year-old son, Leano Khanye.

Listen to our 12 favorite HHP songs here.
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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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