Hip Hop Pantsula

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Hip Hop Pantsula
5 FM's Jen Su with HHP Backstage at SAMA 18 (7793370950).jpg
Hip Hop Pantsula with Jennifer Su (2012)
Background information
Birth name Jabulani Tsambo
Born (1980-09-14) September 14, 1980 (age 36)
Mafikeng, North West
Origin North West, South Africa
Genres Motswako
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997–present
Labels Lekoko Entertainment
Associated acts Cassper Nyovest, Nuru, Omar Hunter El, KayGizm, Asheru

Jabulani Tsambo[1] (born 14 September 1980), better known by his stage name Hip Hop Pantsula,[2] shortened to HHP, and his nickname Jabba is a South African Motswako[3] MC who frequently performs in several languages, though mostly in Setswana.[1]


Pantsula completed his high schooling at St. Alban's College in Pretoria. He was initially part of a group called Verbal Assassins, working closely with producer Tebogo Rameetse. In 1997, he and his school friends met with producer Chicco Twala who produced their debut album, Party. However, the band split soon after the release of Party. Pantsula had his next album, Introduction, produced by singer and producer Isaac Mthethwa and recorded in different South African languages such as Setswana, isiZulu and Sesotho.

Pantsula frequently uses the phrase "Maf-town" in his music, which refers to his hometown, Mafikeng, of South Africa's North West province.

In 2004 HHP released O Mang, an album that saw him reuniting with his old school friend, Tebogo Rameetse as the producer of a track entitled On My Own. The remix of this track, produced by "Beatmaker" earned him critical acclaim[by whom?].

He was honoured in September 2007 in the inaugural Mafikeng Golden Stars Awards held at the Mmabana Convention Centre.[1]

Pantsula released Acceptance Speech in December 2007 with its first single, Music & Lights, whose music video features Danny K and US R&B Star Amerie. In December 2009 Pantsula released his seventh studio album Dumela. That same year, he collaborated with another well-known South African rapper, Proverb, on a song entitled Breadwinners, once again featuring Tebogo Rameetse on production. He co-chairs a record label, Lekoko Entertainment.[4]


Studio albums
Remastered albums
Guest appearances
List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Shake'a Letheka" 2014 Tsholofelo



  1. ^ a b c d "Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP)-Bio". Hip Hop African. 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Hip Hop Pantsula’s Biography". www.last.fm. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Hip hop raps on Jazz Fest’s door - IOL". iol.co.za. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Growing from strength to strength". Mmegi. 12 January 2005. Archived from the original on 9 May 2005.