Jabulani ‘Jabba’ Tsambo: Much-loved South African rapper who spoke of peace and unity for Africa


Jabulani Tsambo, who has died aged 38, was the big, charming bear of a talent who helped to pioneer South Africa’s motswako style – in which rappers flit between English and the language of Setswana.

Growing up under apartheid made him keen to challenge the “mentality” that his country was somehow separate from the rest of Africa.

Going by the name Hip Hop Pantsula (“double-H P”), he encouraged the cross-pollination of ideas and styles in the continent, to create a consolidated music industry that would benefit…

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