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Brown Dash praised for his humility

2012-05-10 15:44
Johannesburg - Kwaito singer Brown Dash will be remembered mostly for his humility and work ethic, TS Records said on Thursday.

"He was a very efficient and easy to work with artist and will be remembered mostly for his humility and work ethic. His death has left a scar in our hearts," said spokesperson Katlego Mokoena.

The singer, whose real name was Siphiwe Mpamile, died at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on Wednesday.

The Sowetan reported that he had been in and out of hospital since 2010, when he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

'Eternally grateful'

Brown Dash shot to fame in 2002 singing alongside the masked Mzekezeke on the hit Sguqa Ngamadolo.

His debut album Umthandazo Wabolova won the best kwaito award at the 2005 SA Music Awards (SAMAs).

His last studio album, Back2Kasi, failed to match the success of his earlier work, but he continued to be held in high regard in the business, especially among his kwaito peers.

He performed at the 18th SAMAs at Sun City, in North West, two weeks ago.

"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.

The record company and Brown Dash had won several awards, among them two SA Music Awards for best record of the year and album of the year, Metro FM best newcomer, best kwaito and album of the year awards.

"We are eternally grateful to have been able to share his last days with him. His death is a great blow to the music industry, but his legacy will live on as long as TS Records is around," she said.

'Young people found solace in music'

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) described Brown Dash as an inspiration to many young people.

"Young people found solace in his music, and his artistic performances resonated with their personal circumstances," spokeswoman Magdalene Moonsamy said in a statement.

She said the ANCYL was deeply saddened at his untimely death.

"His death comes at a time when young people in particular are confronted by many life-threatening illnesses and poor social conditions."

She said Brown Dash's lyrics showed the problems faced by young people, in conditions of neglect and helplessness.

She said in his song Phans'komthunzi welanga, Brown Dash had painted a reflection of a society in which the youth was desolate and desperate for a change in policies to better their livelihoods.

"In his music, we were convinced more than ever to relentlessly pursue economic freedom in our lifetime."

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