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As I was on my way home yesterday, late afternoon I saw a tweet from Kwaito singer Brickz confirming that the kwaito singer whose real name is Siphiwe Mpamile, has passed on.

Brown Dash passed way at the age of 33, at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto on the 9th of May 2012. This happens to be the same day that the late Brenda Fassie died on 8 years ago.

It has been reported he has been in and out of the hospital since 2010 after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

It was just over 2 weeks ago that he was performing at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) in Sun City, with fellow musicians Spikiri, Brickz, Skhokho and Madluphutu performing the hit single Ngeke Balunge.

For me Brown Dash offered us the old school kwaito that we love so dearly, he was one of the few people that believe that kwaito was not dead.  He can into the scene in 2002, after being featured by Mzekezeke on the hit single Squqa Ngamadolo. Thereafter he released his debut album, Umthandazo Wabolova which went on to win him Best Kwaito Album in 2005 the SAMAs.  


“We worked with Brown Dash for many years. He started with TS Records from the inception around 2002 when he did Sguqa with Mzekezeke till we decided to mutually part ways in 2007,” Mokoena said.

My personal favourite song from him has to be the hit single, Phansi’komthunzi Welang, which spoke about the life which was led by the youth in the township.

His passing has sadden me, because I believed that he would rise from his fall and that he still had so much more to offer in the music industry.

May he Rest In Peace, as his music will forever live on.


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  • Sindy shoyisa

    may his soul rest in peace, we’ll always love him as music fans

  • karabo

    I loved his song vum vum, always takes me to another world may he rip