HHP raps the discord of breakup

2009-11-30 05:12

HHP sings the blues, the love blues, on his latest album.

Titled Dumela and released last week, the man from Mafikeng, whose

real name is Jabulani Tsambo, sings openly about the heartache of breaking up

with his girlfriend, Lerato Khanye. She is the mother of his son, Leano.

On Mmago Rrago, the lovable muso pours his heart out over lost


“I dated this woman for 12 years, the next year she decides she

wants to leave,” he sings.

“I mean I tried couples therapy, I tried her family, I even tried

ngaka (doctor’s) remedy, she’s telling me she’d rather die than try and get with

me. And honestly boss, ngwana ona ha a sa mpona” – she doesn’t see me any


“She’s telling me ke ko spaneng” – I’m at work. “My phone keeps

ringing I am always running my business deals, paying bills instead of loving

her, now I am bugging her.”

The rapper changes the tone as he extends an olive branch: “She’ll

always be the love of my life, my only wife, mother to my kid. I will survive. I

apologise for what I did.”

On Friday, HHP said the song was not really cathartic as when it

was written four years ago.

“Music is like writing a journal or keeping a time-capsule. I

believe in self-prophecy, that what the tongue speaks and the ear hears will

happen. I wrote that song many years ago when I was still with Lerato, and it

scared me it could come true.

‘‘I sang the song to her all those years ago and she said it had a

beautiful melody and that I should record it.”

The muso added that the breakup was not acrimonious, and that they

were still friends.

‘‘It is not like the family broke up because of a nyatsi (another

woman). We were caught up in our professional worlds and there were expectations

that were not met, she wanted more and I couldn’t give it to her.

“I love that song because it has her side of the story too. And

it’s not judgmental, it doesn’t say that the man or the woman was wrong or

right. It just asks ‘how did we get here?’.”

Khanye couldn’t be reached for comment.

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