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WATCH | 3 most touching moments from #HHPMemorialService

31 October 2018 - 07:00 By Chrizelda Kekana

It was an afternoon filled with tears, laughter and touching tales of how rapper Jabulani 'HHP' Tsambo touched the lives of so many people through music, his fun-loving personality and selfless gestures. 

Hundreds of mourners including friends from the music industry gathered at Bassline in Johannesburg on October 30 to pay tribute to the legacy HHP has left behind. 

HHP died on October 24 in a suspected suicide. He had previously opened up about battling with depression. 

Cassper Nyovest pays tribute to his 'big brother' HHP

It's no secret that HHP helped mould Cassper Nyovest's career. During his come up Cassper was HHP's protégé but shortly after his career blew up, he and HHP had a huge fallout which resulted in them not speaking for a while. 

However, at the memorial service Cassper took it all the way back to the beginning of their relationship and paid homage to the man who paved the way for him.

Cassper shared light-hearted stories of the lessons he learnt from being under HHP's wings, adding that he would forever be grateful for those lessons. 

Towards the end of his speech, Cassper reflected on his last conversation with HHP and how the legendary rapper emphasised that he loved him. Cassper said he was really glad he told HHP he loved him too.

The many stories shared by friends and industry mates about how hilarious Jabba was

You could tell that Jabba was a fun guy to hang with from all the speeches and great stories his friends shared. While a few tears escaped during the almost five-hour memorial, most of the time was spent laughing as one friend after the other shared their stories of Jabba.

On Tuesday afternoon fans learnt about a man who was the most humble superstar and loved his province and his people. They also learnt that HHP loved goofing around and that his humour was on a different level. In some of the stories shared, HHP's fans learnt that he loved the Eddie Murphy film Coming to America and that no matter how famous he was, he loved the most basic foods like mealie meal soft porridge.

They all shared stories of a life well-lived and memories they will treasure forever.

The emotional tribute by HHP's partner Lerato Sengadi

When Lerato stood up, there was a silence in the hall as people weren't sure if she was leaving or if she was headed towards the stage. Simultaneously several of Lerato and HHP's and followed her.

As Lerato waited for the HHP song that was being played to end, she was flanked by a large number of people on stage for support.

Before Lerato read out her well articulated tribute to the man she loved, she explained that this would be a "strange" birthday for her (her birthday is on Wednesday) as she would have to spend it without her 'king'.

"Our love is one written about in novels, written about in songs and acted out in movies. It is a love that people can only dream about. So I know for sure God does not make mistakes. I will continue to be strong for you now and protect your legacy like I did when you were alive.  There will still be so much said but I will take those lashings with the strength and grace of the warrior queen you chose to share your life with," she said.