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South Sudan Rapper Dies Following Tragic Accident

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South Sudan Rapper Dies Following Tragic Accident

South Sudanese rapper and music producer, Mantani of the Hardlife Avenue Stars has succumbed to head injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.

Mantani whose full names are Murye Alex lost the battle Saturday 24  July morning in Kampala.

“We regret to inform you that, our brother Mantani of Hardlyfe, the best boy is gone to the angels after trying his best to fight the battle,” a statement by the music industry in South Sudan said. The funeral rites for the late are said to be underway at his house in the Gudele neighborhood in the capital Juba.

Mantani was involved in a gruesome accident in which he suffered injuries to his head and legs in Moyo District of the West Nile Region in Uganda, on July 22. The deceased was later transferred to Lacor Hospital in Gulu City, northern Uganda from where he was referred to Kampala on Friday evening.

Mantani whose age has not been disclosed, co-founded the South Sudanese Afro-pop and dance music band Hardlife Avenue alongside vocalist Siliman Musa also known as Nicki Prince decade ago before they were later joined by the third member Ochwo Junior known as Linus in 2016.

Upon his passing on, tributes have been pouring in from fans and other South Sudanese online community since the announcement of his death. Wani Michael, the Juba-based civil activist, said “personally, I had a huge faith that you’ll make it brother.”

“We tried all we had in our own human capacity to rescue and join you in the battle. We have accepted defeat and God who loves you so much has called you,” he said.

 “We will live to cherish your love and care for everybody. You lived a life that has touched everybody who knew you. Rest in Power bro Mantani, until we meet again. This is still unbelievable but we have to accept it,” he said.

The Hardlife Avenue Stars with their social advocacy style of music have released several successful hit songs since 2012, making them a household name in the country.

Author: Okunlola Kayode. F

Okunlolacharles2020@gmail.com

Lagos, Nigeria

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