Brown Dash dead - reports

2012-05-09 19:41
Mokgadi Seabi and Anelisa Ngewu, City Press
Johannesburg - It’s eight years to the day that music icon Brenda Fassie died.

And today the South African music industry is said to have lost another of their own.

Celebrity condolences have flooded social networking sites Twitter and Facebook after rumours that kwaito artist Brown Dash, whose real name was Simphiwe Mpamile, died early on Wednesday evening.

Word on the street is that Dash committed suicide, however these rumours aren't confirmed yet, reported Wonted website.

The news came hot on the heels of his recent performance at Mzansi’s biggest music night at the South African Music Awards when he joined fellow kwaito musos Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Bricks, Skhokho and Madluphutu to perform the hit Ngeke Balunge.

The singer cut a frail yet exuberant figure and he sang and danced along for the cheering crowd.

A shadow of his former self

Last Thursday he attended the “Godfather of kwaito” Mdu Masilela’s 40th birthday at Envy Lounge in Sandton City.

Although still looking a shadow of his former self, the former TS Records star entertained a groups of friends that included Jairus “Jakarumba” Khuse.

It was indeed a shock to many on the social network when kwaito artist Bricks tweeted; “RIP. Brown Dash. Soholala sikuthanda. [We’ll always love you].”

When asked by a follower it if was true, the musician responded, “Ang’dlali skhokho. I just left him 10min ago. Now I’m getting a foun call yokuthi hs passed on.” [I’m not joking dude].

Dash, who hailed from Zola, is best remembered for hit songs like “Phans’ komthunz’ welanga”, “Siya jiva akekho ugogo”, “Puff and pass” and “Umthandazo wabo lova”.

Career never recovered

He was also instrumental in the success of fictional character Mzekezeke, impersonated by DJ Sbu, in 2002, while still part of the TS Records stable.

After parting ways with TS Records in 2009, he joined DJ Cleo’s label, Wheels of Steel, where his star shone a lot less brightly, becoming regular tabloid fodder.

His career never recovered from the parting with TS Records.

In spite of this, he was adored by many in South Africa.

“A kwaito legend gone too soon! May he rest in peace!” tweeted producer and rapper Psyfo.

“Another fallen soldier #BrownDash R.I.P Boy!!!,” tweeted R&B muso, Verd Eaton.

Other celebrities including Bonang Matheba and Kwela Tebza joined in sending condolences.

“Another Legendary artist gone... All that is left is memories and maybe a hologram... Rest In Peace Brown Dash.. #LoveUAlwaysFriend” tweeted @DJQness.


  • NgcoboBongani - 2012-05-09 20:00

    this can't be true OMG!

      jackymabjalwa.ramotlou - 2012-05-09 22:31

      Gone too soon dash*sad*realy I cnt blive ths bt u'v done ur part simphiwe RIP reyo hlakana daah

      annie.nkwinika - 2012-05-10 17:45

      OMG we will alwys miss u dash n ur mzk remains R.I.P bro

  • Yugoe - 2012-05-09 20:02

    R.I.P Brown Dash

  • justice.majasto - 2012-05-09 20:04

    RIP our brother, our role model king of kwaito\r\nwe wil always miss u

  • Mahlulwana - 2012-05-09 20:09

    O.M.G icnt blv thc....may his soul rest in peace*sad*

  • siphokazi.stone - 2012-05-09 20:09

    OMG! Still can't believe this,R.I.P brown dash we will always adore you!

  • boniwek - 2012-05-09 20:10

    Lala ngoxolo qhawe we will miss you

      norget.ndebele - 2012-05-09 22:45

      John 14vs1,siyakukhalela m4wethu(in tears)Brown Dash u were a hero RIP my brother.

  • Olwethu - 2012-05-09 20:10

    some other things u will never believe if its realy true, but thats how life is.R.I.P Brown Dash you done wat u had to do, memories wll always be among us lv u mcwaaa

  • kastamctobias - 2012-05-09 20:13

    He's the man i respected when it comes to KWAITO in S A. R I P Brown Dash...

  • vusadube - 2012-05-09 20:16

    Gone too soon. RIP

  • sibindisharons - 2012-05-09 20:21

    . . .rest in peace,GONE TOO SOON!!LIKED UR MUZK BIG TIME. . .

  • nyameka.mce - 2012-05-09 20:23

    Ubomi bunesiqalo futhi bunesiphelo nangona singalazi ilixa lesiphelo sabo ngako ke kufike ixesha nakuye.wanga umphefumlo wakhe ungaphumla ngoxolo

      zama.ngongoma - 2012-05-09 21:21

      True that, uThixo umbize ngegama lakhe.

  • vuyisile.pholwana - 2012-05-09 20:49

    R.I.P. Brown Dash

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-05-09 20:50

    these are the bad news neh ,ulale ngokthula Dash ,

      thobela.desemela - 2012-05-09 20:57

      May His Soul Rest in Peace

  • richardsenzo - 2012-05-09 20:54

    Rip brown dash, may ur soul rest in peace

  • vuyisile.pholwana - 2012-05-09 20:55

    R.I.P. Brown Dash

  • kwaaito - 2012-05-09 20:55


  • vuyisile.pholwana - 2012-05-09 20:56

    R.I.P. Brown Dash

  • jomardl - 2012-05-09 20:57


  • Bokkie - 2012-05-09 20:58

    Brown Dash may your soul rest in peace,you will be so missed by us your fans!!!

  • zmgunuzo - 2012-05-09 21:00

    May his soul rest in peace

      Thalente Khuzwayo - 2012-05-09 21:05

      eish ezibuhlungu azipheli lala ngokuthula solder man RIP mjita from brown to brown dash

  • khashane.malatji - 2012-05-09 21:01

    Voom Voom!

  • lindiwe.mthiyane1 - 2012-05-09 21:01

    May his soul RIP

  • ntsakopatrick.m.goldenboy - 2012-05-09 21:07

    It is as if something is being hiden here,what actually is the cause of his death,it is allenged that at the samas he was a shadow of his former self,what would have happened?

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-09 22:13

      Entlek how's that jo business? Slima

      refilwe.molale.1 - 2012-05-10 10:08

      Does it really matter what he died of. Get a life, that is not for you to know.

  • zama.ngongoma - 2012-05-09 21:10

    May he rest in peace, what a perfomance he gave us last week. He will always be remembered. Condolences to the family and friends. *stay strong and remember though it is sad that he is no more but God is with u and Dash is now with d Lord*

  • Obakeng - 2012-05-09 21:13

    may his soul rest in peace

  • ashwin.candy - 2012-05-09 21:16

    May u find peace whr eva u are* RIP brown dash

  • natasha.s.phiri - 2012-05-09 21:17

    so sad indeed just yesterday he was alive n now he's no more, gone too soon ,RIP brown dash

  • ttshabalala - 2012-05-09 21:18

    RIP son of the soil. The music industry in this country will never be the same without you.

  • mandla.ndlovu - 2012-05-09 21:24

    Get your facts straight_ he left wheel of steel for TS and then his career nosedived

  • momentngwenya - 2012-05-09 21:28

    I still remember when u used to contest @ naledi high school and u 1st started to sing with a group called BLACK SURFACE spin 'n die huis back in the days RIP Dash

  • magwaitlouray - 2012-05-09 21:29

    May his soul rest in peace.

      lebo.sweetnessmpane - 2012-05-09 21:42

      May ur soul rest in peace we will always mic u dash,

  • Lynda - 2012-05-09 21:39

    This is so sad.........sorry Brown Dash RIP Brother

  • patience.mphahlele.3 - 2012-05-09 21:41

    R.I.P Dash,...*so sad*

  • abongileveernyathela - 2012-05-09 21:44

    Eeeeey who wuld have thought it wil be so soon bt then may his soul RIP, we will alwaz love him(sad)

  • Tshepang - 2012-05-09 21:46

    Huh! \...gone too soon...\,rest in peace brown dash_ul liv only in our memories through your music

  • star.jay1 - 2012-05-09 21:46

    Rest in peace brown! Will always loving you brother

  • Thando Mhlanga Dubu - 2012-05-09 21:50

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Tumisang - 2012-05-09 21:55

    Am glad to see my black brothers and sisters on this page supporting this fallen hero....

  • Jean - 2012-05-09 21:58

    And i wonder who the f@©kng cannibalîst here is!, thumbing us down whenever we comment on solely and sad news, whoever thumbs R.I.P condolences comments is a pathetic, sick, ignorant cannibalist,(sorry guys.)

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-05-09 21:59

    R.I.P DASH

  • bryan.billy2 - 2012-05-09 22:02

    oooh God y du u take this guy so early? May hz soul rest in peace.

  • mokobokobos.mahapa - 2012-05-09 22:08

    R.I.P Brown Dash i guese u had ur reasons and may god be with your family and give them all the strength

  • star.jay1 - 2012-05-09 22:09

    The good die young! Rest in peace brown dash

  • Melanie - 2012-05-09 22:09

    i nearly pee on my bed. Why brother, why??? God knew today was ur last day to be alive. Rip, my dawgg

  • mokobokobos.mahapa - 2012-05-09 22:14

    R.I.p Brown Dash i guese u had ur reasons may God be with ur family and loved 1nes and strenthen them all the way. siZo hlala sizi thanda ingoma zakho 4 ever meshlele phansi ko mthunzi we langa

  • Vaga Ndukwana - 2012-05-09 22:18

    Yha nhe rest im peace mfethu will always remember u for what u've done for South Africans musically,to uor family stop crying because the guy has done all he was to do in his short life spell may uor soul rest in peace my brother!!!

  • Loyiso - 2012-05-09 22:19

    Rest in Peace Brown Dash! Kwaito fans will miss u Skhokho!

  • Tebogo Thape - 2012-05-09 22:22

    RIP Brown defined the true meaning of Kwaito!

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  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-09 22:27

    Still can't belv it ystday he was kuma SAMA today he's passed on jah neh life!! Ngaphansi komthunzi welanga sesiblome nabangani bami!Ngaphansi komthunzi welanga sgida kshone ilanga! Dlala dlala we browndash engithi dlala dlala wemzeks man!! Rest in peace boss