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There was only one Flabba, says Slikour

2015-03-11 15:36

Johannesburg - There was only one rapper like Nkululeko Habedi, known as Flabba, fellow Skwatta Kamp group member Slikour said at his memorial service at the Bassline, in Newtown, Johannesburg on Wednesday.

"Flabba was so good that he never had to work hard," he said.

"He never cared about the industry. He had talent, so the industry cared about him. He didn't need the industry, the industry needed him. He is a unique rapper globally. There was only one Flabba and he is gone."

The Bassline was filled to capacity. The family of the 38-year-old musician arrived shortly after noon and the memorial service started.

Habedi's music played over the speakers while people waited for proceedings to start.

Remembering his fellow band member, Bozza said they were fighters.

"We were the fighters in the group. We would always fight. We fought so much that Flabba named Shugasmaxx 'Mandela' because he was always trying to bring peace and solve fights."

Habedi was stabbed in the heart in his Alexandra home in the early hours of Monday, allegedly by his girlfriend Sindisiwe Manqele, 26.

Kwesta performed the song Do like I do, in tribute to Habedi, before JR performed Habedi's new single "Nay'inkinga".

Habedi's older sister Nomonde earlier said South Africa lost an icon and a role model.

"I have lost my baby brother... today we are here to mourn a great life. Short but great," she said.

"Even though he was grown and a man, he never forgot to respect me as an older sister.

"We have lost a son. The children have lost a father. Skwatta Kamp has lost a brother and fans have lost an icon. And the nation has lost a role model."

Paying tribute to his Skwatta Kamp group member, Shugasmaxx said he was always the centre of attention.

"Flabba always had the spotlight in the group. I mean, we were all good and people were appreciative, but they would always anticipate Flabba," he said.

"There is no disputing that he took Alex to the world."

Bouquets and wreaths were being placed on stage, where photos of the musician were displayed.

Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Skwatta Kamp manager Peter Lynch, and industry friends Ra-Mesh and Amu also paid tribute to Habedi.

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