South African Kwaito star Simphiwe Mpamile better known as Brown Dash died on Wednesday, according to friends and the twitter family who confirmed his death via tweets. Brown died at the age of 33. Pictured right is Brown at his last performance at the MTN SAMA 18 that was held in Sun City.
Several sources reported that the pin-up had been unwell for several years. Another well-known source reported that, “He spent three weeks in hospital last year after being diagnosed with pneumonia and had liquids drained from his lungs.”
Rumours travelled about the singer’s death and swept through social networks with condolences from industry friends and fans, this happened after 3PM local time. “Rest in Peace Brown Dash!” updated local Kwaito Star Mandoza (on Facebook). Oskido Mdlongwa also confirmed the truth of his death via Twitter when he was asked if his death was true, “It’s true.” Re-tweed the legend.
Brown rose to stardom in 2002 as the vocal talent that sang alongside the masked Mzekezeke who made dance floors full with the track ‘Sguqa Ngamadolo’.
It was in 2003 still signed with TS Records he worked with producer Dj Cleo on his very first single that was popular (Locally) ‘Puff ‘n Pass. He then without any delays followed with his debut album, ‘Umthandazo Wabolova’ where he dropped the hot hit ‘Phantsi Komthunzi Welanga’. The album scooped the Best Kwaito at the 2005 MTN SAMA Awards.
After his third album, ‘Dashboard, dropped in 2007, he left the well-known TS Records unfriendly amidst a financial dispute. His last album, ‘Back2Kasi’, failed hugely to match the success of his previous work while he was still under TS but he maintained respect amongst Kwaito legends and wanna be.
He died of an "unknown" illness. Rest In Peace Simphiwe “Brown Dash” Mpamile
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