Kwaito star dies

2012-05-09 22:26
Cape Town - Reports that kwaito star Brown Dash has died, have been confirmed on Wednesday evening.

Celebrity condolences flooded social networking sites Twitter and Facebook after rumours that the 33-year-old artist, whose real name was Simphiwe Mpamile, had died.

The New Zimbabwe website said on Wednesday evening that asked on Twitter if news of Brown Dash’s death was true, Metro FM DJ Oscar Mdlongwa replied: "It's true.”

Earlier, Wontod reported that there were unconfirmed reports that he had committed suicide.

Brown Dash's death comes eight years, to the day, that legend Brenda Fassie died.  He had been unwell for quite some time.

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, City Press reported.

Brown Dash – so named because of his love for brown car dashboards – shot to stardom in 2002 as the vocal talent that sang alongside the masked Mzekezeke who ruled the charts with the hit, Sguqa Ngamadolo.
His debut album, Umthandazo Wabolova, won him Best Kwaito Album at the 2005 Sama Awards.

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  • ndibulicius - 2012-05-09 22:46

    May his soul rest in peace*lilin*

  • ndibulicius - 2012-05-09 22:47

    May his soul rest in peace*lilin*

  • Besly - 2012-05-09 22:52


  • karolo.peroni - 2012-05-09 23:09

    May ur soul rest in peace....

      Tuco - 2012-05-10 08:14

      what kind of an evil creature puts a thumbs down on a Rest In Peace comment?

  • Oupa Michael Hlungwani - 2012-05-09 23:12

    Brown Dash Pantsula lam mangishaya Puff n Pass this 1 will be 4 u skhokho sam salute R.I.P we will miss U lova.

  • rudzanisteyn.mamuthubi - 2012-05-09 23:21

    May ur soul rest in peace .wl alwyz lv u

  • mphomcom - 2012-05-09 23:24

    My condolences goes out to Brown Dash's family,may his soul rest in peace and will greatly be remembered as he has left a legacy in music industry.

  • Xola.DLUNGWANA - 2012-05-09 23:27

    this is shockn,bathung!!! \r\nBt god knows,Rip brother man,u never to be forgotten

  • Thabo - 2012-05-09 23:27

    Thank you for the great music, lalango tlolo

  • notshokovu - 2012-05-09 23:52

    May his soul rest in peace

  • Lethabo Letterboo Matlou - 2012-05-09 23:53

    may his soul rest in peace

  • Mhluleli - 2012-05-09 23:54

    we'll miss his your bold voice especially the one and only break up in the industry....HAYI MFANA UNGAWARI SPETHU'CLEO QWALA 7, iguqa ngamadolo lala ngoxolo SKHOKHO.

      prayer.kevin1 - 2012-05-10 02:07

      Eish kwenzakalani ngalabo guluva last year it was Gilly Majaivana now its Browndash eisssssh rest in peace sgebengu guluva gone too soon mara why?????????

  • fdalana - 2012-05-10 00:45


  • calvin.thobejane - 2012-05-10 01:50

    RIP mfo wethu,SA music industry will 4eva miz u my man,may ur soul rest in peace

  • fezile.frank - 2012-05-10 01:58

    may his soul rest in peace

  • porshe.vrebec - 2012-05-10 02:23

    ulale ngoxolo bhuti, but if you coommited suicide Return If Poseble.

  • tebogo.manala - 2012-05-10 02:34

    rest in peace BROWN

  • tobani.antoni - 2012-05-10 03:28

    RIP ndoda yamadoda may your soul rest in peace

  • mdu.zimdollar - 2012-05-10 04:27

    May his soul rest in peace! Iyibekile induku ebandla qhawe!

  • Ntomby - 2012-05-10 04:33

    eish! Now datz wat i h8 about lyf, it introducez sum1 in2 ur lyf then it takes em away 4rm u... REST IN PEACE DASH.... I stil cant b.lve he'z dead #SAD#

  • sindiswa.mani1 - 2012-05-10 05:04

    My condolences to the family, we will miss this young soul,\r\nUThixo akukhanyisele ngokhanyiso olungacimiyo side sibuye sibonane kwelizayo...RIP

      sindiswa.mani1 - 2012-05-10 07:57

      Its not for us to judge this guy, respect the family that griving, if you have negative comments keep them to yourself, who knows what will be said about you when you pass on!!

  • steve.malinga - 2012-05-10 05:14

    dash rest in peace this is every1 journey

  • Joseph - 2012-05-10 05:28

    May your soul rest in piece u have made your mark in music industry not only your family but the country as a whole will indeed miss you Dash

  • mamalo.majola - 2012-05-10 06:17

    So hlala s'thandana njalo, rest in peace bro.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-10 06:25

    R I P Brown Dash we will miss u

  • Paul Maema - 2012-05-10 06:28


  • ephraim.tundu - 2012-05-10 06:35

    Rest in eternal peace man!

  • amukelani.w.hlungwani - 2012-05-10 06:38

    da memories u left us will never be erased......mthandazo wa bolovha.....RIP.

  • dmazibuko - 2012-05-10 06:51

    Rest in peace Brown Dash. Your music will live on in us forever, you truly made your mark.

  • amanda.nandisa - 2012-05-10 07:25

    May his soul RIP,we'll miss him always!!!!!

  • Pietertjie - 2012-05-10 07:29

    Rest in peace our homie!! Moat of us loved and enjoyed your music, but we just have to carry on with the good we had and forget about the bad! Cheers!

  • RObert - 2012-05-10 07:45

    R.I.P son Simphiwe''Brown Dash'' Mpamila.

  • tshepiso.banjo - 2012-05-10 08:10

    2da family my lord of mercy be wit u in this difficult time,Brown dash hamba kahle! ur music wil always b alive.

  • - 2012-05-10 08:21

    Phansi komthunzi welanga engiblome nabangani, phansi komthunzi welanga sgida kushona ilanga. RIP brown dash, siyohlangana kwelizayo boy!

  • - 2012-05-10 08:21

    Phansi komthunzi welanga engiblome nabangani, phansi komthunzi welanga sgida kushona ilanga. RIP brown dash, siyohlangana kwelizayo boy!

  • - 2012-05-10 08:21

    Phansi komthunzi welanga engiblome nabangani, phansi komthunzi welanga sgida kushona ilanga. RIP brown dash, siyohlangana kwelizayo boy!

  • kgomotso.chabalala - 2012-05-10 08:42

    Rest in peace dash.uv left da cruelty of dis world and u are in a beta place.\r\nphans ko mthunz wo mdali boy.condolences and deepest sympathy 2da family

  • Aaron - 2012-05-10 08:49

    allow the time

  • Bridgeman - 2012-05-10 09:09

    Robertson Davies coin the passing of Brown Dash by saying "Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it" May his legacy remain with us forever.

  • mkrune - 2012-05-10 09:11

    Ey sithi pholas...*in memory*

  • mkrune - 2012-05-10 09:14

    Ey sithi pholas...*in your memory*

  • Aretha - 2012-05-10 09:24

    May your soul RIP

  • Ndilisa - 2012-05-10 09:27

    Brown Dash will be missed. Thank you for your contribution to our music. Who wrote this article? What is SAMA Awards??? I thought the second 'A' in SAMA stands for Awards????mmmmmmhhhh.....

  • caswellnmdlalose - 2012-05-10 09:29

    Ngaphansi Komthunzi welanga sihleli nabangane bami. RIP Brown Dash

  • Lulu - 2012-05-10 09:55

    May his soul rest in peace

  • Sophy - 2012-05-10 10:09

    May your soul rest in peace, SA has lost a talented musician....

  • priscilla.n.budaza - 2012-05-10 11:20

    I ddnt wnt to bliv dis yesterday,bt i do!!!hw cn i eva forget BROWN DASH HIS FIRST TRACK."PHANTSI KOTHUNZI WELANGA"YHO IM in peace bru u will b missed,

  • Tim - 2012-05-10 11:37

    big u brown dash

  • nombuso.nyathikazi - 2012-05-10 11:47

    ukuba izinto zenzeka ngendlela yam ngabe ungiculela one of yo famous hits dat we loved so much bt god decided that it was time to take your soul bt memories can neva b erased no metta hw them hater kip hating bt the fact remains u were gud at wat u did.good talent gone too soon.RIP brown dash.mei the gud lord b wit u

  • Maria - 2012-05-10 12:50

    Hamba kahle Brown Dash - yindlela yethu sonke - to the family - Mkhululeni ibisisikhathi sakhe