Tragic Loss: South African Rapper Costa Titch dies after collapsing on stage

By Lindelwa Masuku

The sudden death of South African rapper Costa Titch has left fans and the music industry in shock. The 27-year-old collapsed on stage during a performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Johannesburg, and despite the efforts of emergency responders, he did not survive. 

On March 11th, 2023, South African rapper Costa Titch, whose real name was Constantinos Tsobanoglou, passed away at the age of 27. The rapper had collapsed on stage during a performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Johannesburg. 

His family confirmed the news in a statement on social media and thanked the emergency responders and everyone present during his last hours. The statement asked for privacy for the family to gather themselves and make sense of the tragedy.

Ultra SA also released an official statement expressing their devastation at the sudden loss of the talented artist, who had been booked to perform at the launch of the Smirnoff Storm Room, a new entertainment platform for Amapiano and Afro-Tech music and culture. 

Costa was described as a galvanizing voice in South Africa's amapiano scene, a talented rapper, dancer, songwriter, collaborator, and friend to the festival. The festival community and the entire South African music industry were mourning his loss.

Costa Titch, who originally started as a backup dancer, had transitioned into becoming a music artist after realizing that he had reached the pinnacle in dance and wasn't breaking through financially and 'internally'.

He won Best Collaboration and Best Remix for his Nkalakatha remix featuring Riky Rick and AKA at the 2020 South African Hip Hop Awards. 

He recently signed to Senegalese-American rapper Akon's record label Konvict Kulture, partnering with the record label to launch his career on an international scale.

The Ultra Music Festival is an annual electronic dance music festival that originated in Miami, Florida, in 1999. 

It has since become a global festival with events held in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, and South Africa. 

The festival features top DJs and electronic music artists from around the world, attracting thousands of fans.

The dark cloud that has befallen the South African music and entertainment industry is a growing concern, as there have been several deaths in the industry in recent months. 

The passing of Costa Titch is just the latest tragedy to hit the industry. The Southern African Music Rights Organisation expressed its sadness at the loss of the popular rapper, and condolences poured in from industry colleagues and fans on social media. 

The industry is reeling from the loss of such a talented artist and hopes for a time when they will not have to experience such pain and loss again.

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