Costa Titch, a South African rapper, has slumped and died on stage during a performance, marking another dark moment in SA music.
Costa Titch was performing at the Ultra Music Festival in Johanessburg the night of Saturday, March 11th 2023, when he collapsed on stage and died.
Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela confirmed the shocking news on Twitter just before midnight Saturday.
“RIP: Costa Titch Nelspruit-born artist and dancer, real name Costa Tsobanoglou, has passed away. He was 27. #RIPCostaTitch,” Mphela wrote on the platform.
Replying to his comment, a fan narrated what happened: “We were still dancing while he was performing, the next thing the lights went off the stage and the dancers went off stage and and hhayini 💔😭#UltraSA2023 #RIPCostaTitch,”
Condolences came in for Titch from the general public and the entertainment world at large.
Real name Constantinos Tsobanoglou, Titch was born in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga in 1995 and is known for several hits including Nkalakatha and Activate.
His death comes as South African music still mourns the death of Rapper AKA, born Kiernan Jarryd Forbes. AKA was shot outside a restaurant in Durban by an unknown assailant.
AKA and Costa Titch both collaborated on a single known as Super Soft.
Costa Titch biography
Costa Titch Wikipedia
|Real Name||Constantinos Tsobanoglou|
|Stage name||Costa Titch|
|Hails from||Nelspruit, Mpumalanga province|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, dancer, songwriter|
Costa Titch is a South African rapper, dancer and singer-songwriter, popular for many songs including Nkalakatha and Activate.
Titch was born Costa Tsobanoglou in 19955 in Nelspruit Mpumalanga, South Africa.
He developed an interest in music at an early age and was always inclined towards entertainment.
He commenced his career as a dancer.
Though he entered the entertainment scene at a very young age, he began his career as a dancer as he joined the New Age Steez dance crew.
The popular crew had popular members including Phantom Steeze and Tumi Tladi as members.
In 2014, he relocated to Johannesburg and proceeded with the development of his rap career; landing collaborations with popular rappers in the country including Cassper Nyovest.
His music breakthrough followed the release of his hit song Activate.
Costa is among the pioneer of African trap music and also has influenced other artists in the genre.
He performs the traditional trap with high energy drum samples, which are very high.
Costa also employs the Isizulu lines in his raps and his raps are often light at heart.
His songs most times are channelled for the dance floor. His hit song ‘Nkalakatha’ has made a name for him in the country’s entertainment scene.
His song ‘Phezulu’ feat. Bioty, a South African rapper, also made a wave in the country.
The late South African rapper Costa Titch was 28 years old. He was born in 1995 and celebrated his 28th birthday this year.
Costa has revealed very little information about his family, although he has often shared how his mother impacted his music career. He once noted his mother’s advice to him while growing up that the friends he kept would influence his success in life.
How Did Costa Titch die?
The South African rapper collapsed on stage whilst performing during the Ultra Music Festival in Johanessburg on Saturday, March 11th 2023.
He reportedly suffered a seizure on stage.
Costa has a history of epilepsy, a disorder that affects the brain and produces seizures, according to individuals close to the artist. While the cause of death has yet to be determined, others speculate that the flashing lights caused a seizure.
His shocking death was confirmed by his family, who released a statement the next day.
“Death has tragically knocked at our door. Robbing us of our beloved son, brother and grandson,” the statement began.
“Constantinos Tsobanoglou (28), who South Africa had come to love and idolise under his stage name ‘Costa Titch’. It is with deep pain that we find ourselves having to acknowledge his passing at this time.
“We are thankful for the emergency responders and all those present in his last hours on this earth. As a family we are faced with a difficult time as we try to make sense of what has befallen us and ask that we be afforded the time and space to gather ourselves.
“The Tsobanoglou family thanks you for the love and support you have given to our son and may you continue to uplift him even in spirit. Please keep us in your prayers and uplifted in the Lord,”
Costa Titch Net worth
Costa Titch’s net worth is reported to be in the region 0f $200,000. His music, endorsement deals, performances, concerts, streaming and digital streams all made up a significant chunk of his revenue.
The South African can also be found on social media.
Costa Titch Instagram handle is @costatitch. He had half a million followers prior to his death.
Costa Titch songs
Just Do It
Wag ‘N Bietjie
Up Every Night
Made in Africa
Out Like A Light
Costa Titch and Akon
Costa Titch signed a global deal with Akon’s record label, Konvict Kulture, and subsequently teamed up for the “Big Flexa” remix, whose visuals have already surpassed a million views on YouTube.
Earlier this year, he received a major co-sign from Senegalese-American musician Akon, who praised him and predicted that he would be “a game changer”.
Akon’s co-sign went beyond just praising him in a video. He also linked up with the South African artist and was a surprise guest during Titch’s performance at Cotton Fest.
“I’ve always wanted to remain independent and instead of signing to a major label, I’ve always wanted to partner with one.
“After the success of my 2022 catalogue we felt it was time to partner with a global entity so we can continue to push the barriers on an international scale,” Costa Titch said.
“So once the opportunity was presented by Konvict, we knew it was meant to be. I think it also goes to show that when you set your mind to something it can really come to life.
“We didn’t know when or who it was gonna be, but we knew it would happen eventually,” he explained to IOL Entertainment.
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