Celebs celebrate Flabba’s life

2015-03-11 18:08

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Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi’s life and music were celebrated during his memorial service in Joburg this afternoon.

Speaker after speaker described Habedi as a family man who was authentic and loyal to those around him.

Like his name Nkululeko, which means freedom, the speakers said Habedi was free to speak his mind.

The Bassline in Newtown was packed to capacity as family, friends and fans gathered to pay their last respects to the rapper. Among the celebrities who attended the memorial service were Zakes Bantwini, Robbie Malinga, DJ Sbu, S’bu (of Amaloya fame) and L-Tido.

Habedi’s older sister, Nomonde, shared her fondest childhood memories of her brother.

Nomonde told the mourners the family had lost a son and his two children, Tshogofatso and Lesego, had lost a father.

“Skwatta Kamp has lost a brother too. We’ve known them for years and they are like family to us,” she added.

Skwatta Kamp manager Peter Lynch said: “I used to live with Skwatta Kamp. At times we would share a bedroom. As Skwatta Kamp we gave South Africans music to dance to,” said Lynch.

Musician Nothende had most people in tears when she sang Missing You.

Skwatta Kamp member, Shugasmakx, said the group was formed after Habedi’s 21st birthday.

“He had one solo album which won him a [South African Music Award]. That’s how talented he was,” Shugasmakx said.

Another group member, Slikour, said Habedi had told him a few weeks before he died that he needed someone to take care of his children.

“He was so good that he did not need to work hard on his talent,” said Slikour, adding that Habedi never needed the industry, but the industry needed him.

Habedi’s long time friend, Ramesh Masina said: “I’m going to miss my friend. But he will forever live in my heart.”

Rapper Amu wept before he shared his memories of Habedi.

“He taught me loyalty. It is true when they say you need to give people roses when they can still smell them.”

Kwesta gave a splendid performance of Do Like I Do, the song in which Habedi was featured. Apparently they were scheduled to shoot the music video yesterday.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka encouraged South African musicians to support each other.

“You can diss each other, but don’t kill each other. We as musicians we are the mirror of this country,” she said.

Habedi will be laid to rest on Sunday. The family will confirm the venue and time during the week.

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