South African Cultural Observatory

SAMRO Foundation Offers Condolences to HHP’s Family & Music Industry

BY SAMRO Foundation 29.10.18

The SAMRO Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Motswako’s finest, Jabulani “HHP” Tsambo, on Wednesday, 24 October 2018. 

Tsambo, who was also affectionately known as “Jabba”, was a colleague, a friend and a a founding board member of the SAMRO Foundation.

He was not only a versatile artist who paved the way for the many artists that followed, but he also pioneered a genre, and was passionate about indigenous languages in contemporary music. Beyond his unique artistic output, Jabba was also an ardent crusader for the youth of this country, which we witnessed firsthand during his time on the SAMRO Foundation board between January 2012 to June 2015.

“He was always an engaging man, and thought a lot about the future of young people, specifically in our country. I recall fondly the many discussions we had about a programme called Youth At Risk Development (YARD), which he dreamed about starting,” said the Managing Director of the SAMRO Foundation, Andre Le Roux.

On the subject of youth, Jabba was a devoted father to his son, Leano. We hope that he keeps with him as many joyful memories he shared with his father as we were lucky enough to witness whenever he hit the stage. Jabba was always a consummate professional. But importantly, he made us smile, he made us believe we were all Motswako rappers - better yet, that we were all “Bosso”. He was never short of charisma, and he filled our homes and venues across the country with countless memories. For that, we are grateful.

However, we also knew that his sadness was deep and his depression was real. Jabba is yet another example that depression is a silent assassin in our society, a condition that can no longer be relegated to just a certain demographic, and one that has become far more prevalent than we are admitting as a society. His passing is a reminder that none of us are above seeking help.

“This is too sad. I am rendered speechless by Jabulani's passing. Depression is becoming more pervasive. How do we read it when it presents itself, so that we can help or help the sufferer find help? I feel so bad for his mom and young wife, the whole family and the music fraternity as a whole. May he find rest,” said Sibongile Khumalo, a board member of the SAMRO Foundation and Deputy Chair of SAMRO

The South African music industry has lost a true entertainer and friend, and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.   

It starts with a heartbeat…can you hear my heart beat? It starts with a heartbeat…can you hear my heart beat?

ANDRE LE ROUX Managing Director: SAMRO Foundation discusses the importance of music in South Africa and calls on policymakers, politicians and decision makers to find the rhythm that will help soothe the country's musical heartache.

READ MORE
More News
Business and Arts South Africa appoints incoming CEO Business and Arts South Africa appoints incoming CEO

BASA has appointed current executive producer for the National Arts Festival (NAF), Ashraf Johaardien as the new chief executive of the organisation.

Minister Mthethwa Interaction with the Creative Industries Minister Mthethwa Interaction with the Creative Industries

The creative and cultural economies are one of the fastest growing industries and should be at the centre of national strategic priority to unlock the wider socio- economic participation and inclusivity in the mainstream economy. The impact of commodity-dependent countries like South Africa has refocused attention on the urgency of economic diversification, revitalization and harnessing of human innovation in order to weather the economic storm.

Music in Africa Foundation honors Eric Wainaina Music in Africa Foundation honors Eric Wainaina

Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina was feted with the 2018 Music In Africa Honorary Award at the opening of the Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) on Thursday night.

Research is the word: What's done, what's to come Research is the word: What's done, what's to come

THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory has a trove of research. Over the past three years we have generated research reports, monitoring and evaluation reports, a ground-breaking mapping study and more. We are intent on sharing this research widely and ensuring that the sector benefits, empowering through knowledge.

New administrator joins SACO team New administrator joins SACO team

THE South African Cultural Observatory welcomes Rene Derrocks to the team as the incoming new administrator. Rene has eight years’ experience in the tourism marketing environment.

Connect with us