Pitch Black Afro Released From Prison, Age, Career

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Pitch Black Afro Biography

Pitch Black Afro whose birth name is Thulani Ngcobo, hails from Soweto and is a notable South African Kwaito/Hip-hop MC.

He discovered that rapping was an effective means to manage his stutter, a challenge he faced. Notably, he often sports an Afro wig.

Drawing inspiration from American MCs, particularly influenced by Redman, Pitch Black Afro’s musical style incorporates English, Zulu, and a vibrant blend of languages known as tsotsitaal.

Pitch Black Afro Age

He was on in the year 1979 as Thulani Howard Ngcobo,in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Details about the month and date he was born are not clear yet but as of 2023, Pitch Black is 44 years old.

Pitch Black Afro Career

His presence on the club circuit flourished, frequently performing alongside “The Native Huts Allstars.” Notably, his talent caught the attention of DJ Cleo, who stumbled upon him during his appearances on YFM radio’s “Rap Activity Jams.” With Cleo’s production, Pitch Black Afro’s inaugural album, titled “Styling Gel,” hit the shelves in 2004. This album soared in popularity, with hit tracks like “Pitch Black Afro,” “Matofotofo,” and “A Day in my Life.” Impressively, “Styling Gel” emerged as the best-selling African Hip Hop album of its time in South Africa, a record that held until 2014. In that year, Cassper Nyovest’s debut album “Tsholofelo” achieved platinum sales, eventually surpassed by South African rapper Emtee’s “Avery,” which attained double platinum status, thereby reshaping the hip-hop landscape.

Pitch Black Afro continued his creative journey with the release of his sophomore album “Split Enz” in 2006. However, amidst his successes, a shadow was cast when he faced accusations of assaulting a fan and causing property damage in a Johannesburg mall during 2006.

Tragically, Pitch Black Afro’s life took a drastic turn. On the eve of New Year in 2018, he was alleged to have been involved in the murder of his wife. This resulted in his arrest on January 9, 2019. Subsequently, he faced charges of premeditated murder and obstructing the course of justice in the Magistrates Court of Johannesburg. In a somber conclusion to his story, he was sentenced to a five-year imprisonment for the murder of his wife.

Pitch Black Afro Released From Prison

After three years in prison, Pitch Black Afro has been released. Pitch was released from prison on Friday18 August, marking his return to freedom.

According to Singabakho Nxumalo, the spokesperson for the Department of Correctional Services, “He” was released as his sentence concluded on August 18, 2023. This release was facilitated by the special reduction of sentence.

Nxumalo confirmed that the rapper had been handed a 10-year prison sentence, with five years suspended, starting from June 19, 2020. This sentence was related to the unfortunate demise of his fiancé.

Rapper Pitch Black was found guilty of culpable homicide by Judge J Du Plessis. While initially facing charges of premeditated murder and obstruction of justice, he was ultimately sentenced for the lesser charge.

In 2020, Judge Du Plessis delivered his verdict after considering arguments from both legal sides regarding the severity of the sentence. Despite expressing apologies to the family of the deceased, the judge highlighted that the rapper did not appear genuinely remorseful for his negligence. Although it was acknowledged that the death was not intentional, the judge noted the absence of true remorse.

During his time in prison, Pitch Black served less than three years behind bars due to the fact that he had already spent one year and five months in custody while awaiting trial.

“He” took advantage of the special reduction in sentence.

As his sentence has run its course, there are no further conditions attached to his release, according to Nxumalo.

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