‘Flabba’s death was hard on us’ – Skwatta Kamp on their comeback

PHOTO: Drum archives
PHOTO: Drum archives

Cape Town - Mzansi hip-hop crew Skwatta Kamp has reunited and will be releasing a new album featuring their greatest hits and six new songs.

Before the full album drops, the eight-piece rap crew will also drop a tribute single for their late band member, Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi – who was stabbed to death by his girlfriend, Sindisiwe Manqele, on 9 March 2015.

“The title of the song is Conversations with Flabba because in the song we all speak to him directly. The track makes you feel something and anyone who was a fan of Flabba and Skwatta Kamp will be really moved,” band member Slikour says. “If Flabba had to come in the studio while we were recording the song, he would remember why he joined the group in the first place.”

Unlike other bands who part ways due to major differences, Slikour says Skwatta Kamp didn’t disband because of a fight. “We have never had differences, we have square fights. In fact, we fight all the time and we speak our minds in our WhatsApp group,” Slikour says.

He also says they have a family bond and Flabba’s death really took a toll on everyone. “Flabba’s death was hard on us and no one in the group knew Sindisiwe personally for her to come and apologise for what she did. Fact is, Flabba is not coming back and she has to live with herself – which is harder than being judged by us,” Slikour says.

He only discovered last week that Sindisiwe was sentenced to 12 years for the murder. “I only found out last week because for me it’s too heavy to keep following it up. What’s done is done,” Slikour says.

Now all they can do is continue to be there for Flabba’s family. “We have a relationship with Flabba’s mother and his family knows they can reach out to us anytime and all the royalties for his work will continue to go to his family,” Slikour says.

Conversations with Flabba will be available on slikouronlife.co.za

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