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Just two months ago I got the chance to chat to HHP aka Jabba about death and the fragility of life.
It was the official memorial service in honour HHP’s late friend ProKid and we sat for a few minutes as busier bodies rushed around us in preparation for the service to begin.
“It’s very sad that you can be here one moment and gone the next. He (ProKid) meant a lot to me and it is very painful. It reminds you to take it a moment at a time‚” HHP said.
He spent much of the service a stone throw away from me‚ often with his hands in his head as he stared into space.
It was evident that Pro’s death had taken a toll on HHP but he faced the sad day with courage. He spoke of releasing his “last album” soon‚ one of his biggest passions and something we had talked about at length just a few weeks earlier.
When ProKid died HHP was one of the first people I spoke to for tributes. He was emotional but told me that he would send something. A few hours later he sent me a voice note putting his tribute in near-poetic form and drawing from culture.
Little did either of us know that just over two months later Mzansi would be mourning his death.
HHP’s sentiments about ProKid have in the hours since his own death on Wednesday‚ lived as a telling tribute to his life.
In the audio clips sent HHP shared how difficult it was to bury “a husband‚ a father‚ a friend and a comrade.”
“This is truly one of the trying times. You can also see for yourself by the (cloudy) weather‚ it is all very evident that a king has been laid down. In our culture‚ whenever someone who is important; a prophet‚ a king or somebody who was a contribution to society‚ passed away the clouds would gather. And this is very evident of how we all feel‚” he added.
Surely a king has died. R.I.P Jabba.
South Africans took to Twitter on October 24 2018 to pay tribute to hip-hop star HHP as news of his death spread through the country. Details of his death were not yet clear.