Dressed in black clothing and big sunglasses, Sengadi on Tuesday paid tribute to Tsambo in a letter she read out during the rapper’s memorial service at Johannesburg’s Newtown Music Factory.

Earlier in a statement, the rapper’s family disowned Sengadi, saying she wasn’t his wife. The statement said Sengadi was an ex-fiancée who last year moved out of HHP’s home and his life on her own accord.

Tsambo family spokesperson Nkululeko Ncana said: “I would like to put this matter to rest and categorically state on record that Ms Sengadi is not, and was never married to Jabulani. She is not his wife.”

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However, Sengadi surrounded by industry friends, read a letter she wrote to Tsambo. She said she would normally spend this day with him because her birthday was on Wednesday.

“I guess this one is a little bit different, but I know he will be there. I loved you when you didn’t love yourself, I loved you when you thought… you didn’t deserve to be loved. I loved you when others thought you were unlovable. I loved you when others were scared to love you,” an emotional Sengadi read a letter.

She said she fought for Tsambo even when she had to be a one-woman army against so many.

“I loved you through happiness and pain, highs and lows, darkness and light, fear and pride. I find solace in knowing that even in your very, very last breath, you knew that. You were so easy to love that even when you thought it was difficult, it wasn’t,” She said trying to hold back tears.

“To the millions of lives he touched, careers he inspired and most importantly his beloved ‘fancestors’… it is well.”

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Sengadi thanked all those who prayed for them. “To those who were there when many turned a blind eye and stood and fought side by side with me… I am eternally indebted to you.”

“To those who have been pillars of strength and praying for us, I am so grateful. Please don’t stop because the road ahead is about to be wild and it is long and we have to stay equipped. Thank you,” said Sengadi.

She said she would continue to protect Tsambo in death as she did when he was still alive.

Hundreds of family, colleagues and friends celebrated the life of the late musician Tsambo with songs. Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Faith Mazibuko, DJ Fresh, Cassper Nyovest, Kabomo, Simphiwe Dana, Theo Kgosinkwe and Shuga Smakx were among those who attended the memorial.

– African News Agency