A look at one of our prominent music performers, HHP. Below we have included a list of his achievements, HHP Albums, as well as his biography. Looking for HHP Music at your event? You can get it straight from the source with Respect Music.
- One of Africa’s most nominated performers
- Music collaborations with K’Naan, Nas and Talib Kweli
- Has shared the stage with top international artists, Jamie Cullum and Angelique Kidjo
- Performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup
- Regional and final judge for 2010 Idols series (South Africa)
- Winner of Strictly Come Dancing (King of the Dancefloor)
HHP has been called “The illest lyricist” by Wyclef Jean… Very few African artists receive the status and recognition needed to take their music across the borders of their respective countries.
They become known and recognised in their industries but never really branch out internationally. This, however, cannot be said for Jabulani Tsambo, aka HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula).
With his unique, uplifting sound and original style, HHP music has been taken across the world performing at festivals and concerts within the African Continent as well as the United States and Europe. His infectious sound clearly knows no racial or cultural borders.
Growing up in his beloved Mmabatho (Mafikeng, the capital of South Africa’s North West Province) Jabulani Tsambo’s father had a record collection that encouraged him to always keep his heart open to a variety of music styles. “My father’s LP collection was very diverse and every time he played one of those LP’s, I could tell what mood he was in.”
“That’s when I started to understand music. Now I use that same understanding to speak to my fans or listeners. The amazing thing about music is that it communicates something different all the time to different people.” His belief in the power of music, delivers an intimate, personal message to a huge variety of listeners.
Hip-Hop is a dominant influence and he is a rapper who delivers a richly satisfying listening experience with his ability to roll rhymes off his tongue and create a rhythmical melody with words alone. It’s no surprise that HHP music draws upon a deep love for funk, soul, urban and vocally driven pop songs – as well as his increasingly visible affection for traditional music, this is highly evident in his music. For HHP, being able to blur genre boundaries and work with a global cast of creative accomplices makes sense. “It’s all Motswako music,” he says simply, referring to the SeTswana word for, “Mixture”. “Always stay fresh, current and creative,” is HHP’s mantra. “Those three things mean the world to me, without them, I’ll just fizzle out,” he says.
His continuous award wins & nominations are also confirmation of HHP’s peerless standing in the industry: as a lyricist and rapper of epic proportions. HHP music and HHP himself is so highly regarded by his fellow artists, that he’s in constant demand as a collaborator; an artist, and a musician. Able to craft beats and melodies both memorable and fresh, and as an all-round likeable guy.
HHP has a mind-blowing stage persona. His performances are laced with charisma and swag, making them a treat for all the senses. This has made very popular on the international market having graced the stages in Germany (Cologne), UK (London & Milton Keyes), USA (Washington DC & SXSW in Austin). He has also given amazing performances in numerous African countries, amongst them Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique & Lesotho.
After 6 HHP albums, two of which re-mastered albums, HHP has now released ‘MOTSWAFRIKA”, his greatest and most epic Album. A more “African” inspired album featuring influences from all over the continent, he has also used American producer Omar Hunter including one of his favourite producers South African born, Thaso Tsotetsi to bring his vision for his new album together.
“MotswAfrika” features Talib Kweli, Omar Hunter El, Gabriel Asheru Benn, Grammy Nominee Carolyn Malachi, MOBO award winner Samini from Ghana, Uganda’s sizzla Chameleon, Grammy winner Raheem Devaughn (on the forthcoming special edition of the album) to name but a few.
With musical influences from Morocco to Sub-Saharan Southern Africa HHP says ” I’m bringing the African Movement alive to showcase what we as Africans have to offer the rest of the world musically” With a fan base that spans continents and a talent that’s spanned years, HHP music can only take the “movement” of African sound further!
The latest HHP albums include: Acceptance Speech, Mafikeng, Dumela, Jabulani, Motswafrika, and Motswako High School.
On the 31st of December 2014, HHP music included the latest album release, “Motswako High School”, to critical acclaim with the first three singles garnering airplay across South Africa. Most notably the single “Jigah” with Ghanaian rapper M.anifest has been featured on the Sub-Saharan television campaign for Grant’s whiskey.
Some highlights of 2015:
- Host of the SAMA’s (South African Music Awards)
- recognized as a legend of the South African music industry at the Metro FM Awards