Costa Titch: The Greek-born rapper with big dreams who collapsed on stage

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Greek-born rapper Konstantinos Tsobanoglou, known as Costa Titch, had big plans and dreams. Last Saturday 11/3, while singing and dancing on stage at the Ultra South Africa festival in Johannesburg, he collapsed twice on stage. His fans feared the worst and the worst was indeed to come. The 28-year-old rapper died leaving his family in mourning, who, with a simple announcement on Instagram, informed that “death knocked on our door”.

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Costa Titch’s cause of death is still unknown, while the results of the autopsy are awaited. Festival organizers said they were devastated by the sudden loss, speaking of a beloved South African artist with a wonderful voice.

Costa Titch began his career as a dancer, before making the big international hit in 2022 with the song Big Flexa. Last month he announced his partnership with Akon’s Konvict Kulture record label with the two rapper to collaborate on a remix of the track Rising Record heard on 1Xtra’s Rave Show. “As well as the original has done, there are still a lot of places around the world that haven’t heard of the record yet,” Costa said on the show.

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A few weeks ago the rapper gave an interview to BBC presenter Jeremiah Asiamah. “When we were talking, he said to me, ‘Big Flexa has done its job, but I want to take it to a whole new level, I want to show the world that i’m more than a rapper, i’m more than a dancer, i’m a musician“”.

What is amapiano?

Amapiano, which means “the pianos” in the Zulu language and was loved by the rapper, is a music genre from Africa that emerged in the mid-2010s. It is a hybrid of deep house, jazz and lounge music distinguished by melodies piano in high frequencies, bass from the genre of Kwaito (which weaves house with hip hop), low tempo rhythms of the South African house of the 1990s and percussion from another genre of house, known as Tribal house.

“If you got the chance to see Costa Titch live, everyone was doing his dance moves,” said the BBC presenter. And having a dance background, he continued, you can only imagine the impact he had on amapiano.

Costa died a month after South African rapper and friend AKA was murdered. “It is so sad that the South Africa and people all over the world who loved the music of both of these men lost them. I know it’s a cliché, but their music will live on. Their songs will be loud again in the clubs, people will be celebrating because I know that’s what they would want from us” said Jeremiah Asiamah.

Source: News Beast

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