For nearly a decade, Brown Dash has entertained audiences with his brand of old school meets new school kwaito. The 33-year-old musician succumbed to an unknown illness at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto on 9 May. He was reportedly admitted to the medical centre on Monday.
Condolences poured in on Twitter as celebrities tweeted about how devastating Dash’s death is.
Zakes Bantwini tweeted: “RIP Brown Dash, music will miss you”, while Arthur Mafokate posted the following message on his webpage: “Rest in peace kwaito legend – one of the few people to win a Sama Song of the Year award.”
Sizwe Dhlomo, MTV Base presenter, said that in his opinion, Brown Dash and Brickz were the last kwaito stars to emerge.
Bonang Matheba tweeted: “We say goodbye to another soldier, Sphiwe ‘Brown Dash’ Mpamile. RIP, good guy.”
Fellow musicians AKA, Big Nuz, Wanda Baloyi and Loyiso Bala also shared messages of condolences on the social networking site.
Dash, whose real name is Simphiwe Mpamile, was first signed to TS records and left the stable to release his most recent album through another record label. His wife died last year of an undisclosed illness. They were separated at the time, according to news reports.
Dash performed at the Sama awards on 30 April, joining his former label mate Brickz on stage for a kwaito reunion.