Costa Titch, whose stage name was Costa Tsobanoglou, passed on Saturday night at the Ultra Music Festival in Johannesburg. The 27-year-old performer slumped onstage, and those close to him stated that he had a history of epilepsy, which induces convulsions.
Although the official cause of death has not been determined, some speculate that the flashing lights during the performance may have prompted a seizure. Costa Titch was a rising star in the South African music space, renowned for his blend of hip-hop and amapiano sounds that garnered him a big fan following both locally and internationally.
His most popular tune, “Big Flexa,” has over 45 million YouTube views, and he has now released a remix of the song with American musician Akon. The endorsement of Akon gave Costa Titch a significant boost, and the two musicians even collaborated on a surprise performance at Cotton Fest.
After this accomplishment, Costa signed a global contract with Akon’s record company, Konvict Kulture, with the intention of bringing his career global. The death of Costa Titch has shaken the South African music industry, which has seen many catastrophes over the past few months.
In mid-February, rapper Kiernan Forbes, popularly known as AKA, was fatally shot in Durban, while in February 2022, singer Rikhado Makhado, commonly known as Riky Rick, was discovered dead of an apparent suicide. Costa titch was very close to these artists before their death, he even recorded several songs with them.
Once the news of Costa Titch’s death emerged, social media was swamped with words of grief and sadness. Others uploaded recordings of Costa Titch’s concerts and tributes to his ability.
The passing of Costa Titch is a tragedy not only for the South African music scene but for fans everywhere. His death is a terrible reminder of how fragile life can be, given his apparent skill and potential.
While the music community mourns the death of another young talent, it is vital to recognize and honor Costa Titch’s effect on the music space. His music will continue to exist, and his impact will continue to inspire new generations of musicians.