Ben Sharpa wey get fame around the mid-2000s, die yesterday morning 26th July
According to reports na health issues wey relate to diabetes and their kind sickness kill am at the age of 41 years.
News about him death don dey all over social media. South African artist DJ P-Kuttah write on Twitter say:
“RIP to a SA Hip Hop legend Ben Sharpa sad news to receive today but the music will live forever.”
Regular artist Lex Lafoy write on Facebook say:
“I will never forget that year at Back To The City. I heard the crowd chanting the chorus to Ben Sharpa’s ‘Hegemony’. That sh*t changed my life. Condolences to your beautiful wife Thando and your family. Thank you for all you’ve given this industry. All you’ve given the art [sic]. We love you. Rest in Power Kaptin oh my Captain.”
Planet Earth Planet Rap (PEPR) write on Twitter.
“I didn’t know then, the mood changed and bass started shaking the place. He did ‘Hegemony’ and everything changed. He showed his level. The place was not like it had been before it.”
Dem born Ben Sharpa for Kgotso Semela in Soweto but him spend him childhood for Chicago, US. Him first contact with hip hop na for 1985 but him begin rap when him dey secondary school even though say na high school dem dey call am.
Him come back South Africa in 1993 and come establish himself as underground artist when him form cult crews like GroundWorks and Audio Visual. Him later turn regular face on the hip hop scene as him begin rap about things wey dey happen around, politics and the society.
In 2001 him share the stage with US hip hop artists Black Thought, Mr Len and Jean Grae. In 2003 him win one freestyle battle competition wey MTN South Africa sponsor. This follow give am nationwide and international exposure in countries like Holland, Belgium, England and Switzerland.
In 2007 electronic music maven and ‘Queen of Dubstep’ BBC Radio 1 DJ Mary-Anne Hobbs discover am and she describe him as “one of the most inspired and agile lyricists in the world today”. That same year him get health problem wey keep am for coma for some time.
Him later recover come drop the album B Sharpa in 2008. The album sell well and na there ‘Hegemony’ dey where Ben Sharpa talk about police brutality. For 2012, him release 4th Density Light Show (4DLS).
Ben Sharpa tour Europe wella and him perform for festivals like Rio Loco (France), Riddim Collision (France) and Glastonbury (UK).
SA hip hop fans don dey sad since the news spread and some of them don react.
R.I.P Ben Sharpa. Deepest condolences to his loved ones.
— Baby Brother (@Blaklez) July 26, 2018
RIP Ben Sharpa 🙏🏾
— Sean Pages (@SeanPages) July 26, 2018
Ben Sharpa – Kaptin My Kaptin✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/AEAiGFkNDF
— RASHID KAY™ (@rashid_kay) July 26, 2018
R.I.P King……. pic.twitter.com/4RVqMvhiJk
— CEBISA-6/07 (@ZakweSA) July 27, 2018
💔✊🏾 until we meet again good brother. pic.twitter.com/D4kCFJVtcD
— STOGIE T (@TumiMolekane) July 27, 2018
Rest in Peace to one of our Pioneers. Ben Sharpa.
Be at peace brother
— Under the Sun 🌣 (@PdotO_SA) July 27, 2018