SA star in the U.S.

2010-01-22 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) is hanging with the likes of Nas, P. Diddy and Kanye at a hip-hop conference in New York during his whirlwind tour of the United States.

HHP was invited by the Washington DC-based organisation Bloom-Bars (a nonprofit artist incubator and arts advocacy organisation) and jetted off to the U.S. on January 15. He received the invitation in recognition of his talent as a recording artist coupled with his “selfless commitment to serving his community”.

As an “artist incubator”, BloomBars seeks to support artists who support their communities, and to create linkages between artist ­communities and nonprofit organisations.

HHP, who can currently be seen in a Stimorol commercial, is one of South Africa’s foremost hip-hop stars and a double Sama-award ­winning artist. He’s also a man with a message — that of togetherness — which he communicates by creating music that cuts across genres, across cultures and across boundaries.

The BloomBars tour will see him rubbing shoulders and collaborating musically with the likes of American rapper Nas, and one half of the­ ­acclaimed hip-hop group Unspoken Heard and founder of the Hip-Hop Education Literacy Programme (Help), Asheru.

He will also attend the Bet (Black Entertainment Television network) Awards, alongside stars such as Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Other highlights include a ­luncheon to raise funds to send 15 girls in foster care to the Fifa Football World Cup in June, a workshop with the Ghandi Brigade and several meetings and discussion groups with Metro Teen Aids. He will also visit schools and community centres, and perform his trademark Motswako music at an open-mic night at BloomBars with Jabari Exum.

To find out more about his trip, tune in to Dineo’s Afternoon Drive Show on YFM today, January 25, January 27 and February 1 between 5 pm and 6 pm or check out the ­website

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