That’s right: Hip Hop Pantsula (aka Jabba, aka Jabulani Tsambo) will be taking to the stage as the official host of the XXI South African Music Awards at Sun City, and he now has an extra alias to add to his list of nicknames: Agent XXI.
The internationally acclaimed Motswako rapper will be keeping the Superbowl audience and television viewers entertained between performances and awards presentations at the glittery ceremony, and what makes the occasion particularly special is that the Mafikeng-born musician will be doing so in his home province, the North West.
The awards have been without a host for two years (previous hosts include none other than Trevor Noah, who has just landed a plum gig hosting The Daily Show in the United States), but HHP is no stranger to charming television viewers, having won the third season of the reality dance show Strictly Come Dancing.
It’s fitting that someone who has made such a rich contribution to the South African music scene (not to mention outside our borders, having snagged a coveted MTV Africa Music Award for Best Video in 2009) has been chosen to host South Africa’s most prestigious music awards event.
Catch HHP on stage at the XXI Annual South African Music Awards on Sunday, 19 April 2015, broadcast live from the Sun City Superbowl on SABC1 from 20h00. It’s going to be Jabba-licious