He Can’t Be Buried Like A Pauper!
I will look past the disrespectful & overly exaggerated manner in which the story was delivered and get to what really matters.
It appears there is a chance Brown Dash’s family needs help with the funeral. If true, the family shouldn’t even have to ask for his fellow artists to contribute, they should just volunteer the help. That’s what a community does.
If each artist who went on radio/TV to talk about their love for Brown Dash contributed R2000, there would be enough to give the man a decent funeral.
What’s messed up is that the family is probably stressing more about having a coffin that looks good enough for the pictures that will be taken at the funeral, having new clothes so they can look decent enough for the prying media and I bet they are also worried about having enough food to feed all these industry people who will flock to the funeral than anything else. Times have changed; maybe we black people need to revisit the expense that is our funerals, but that’s a story for another day.
Right now, I hope Brown Dash’s industry friends will do their best to help the family with the arrangements, whether they ask for it or not. I know we (the fans) always talk about how we don’t want these artists to expect us to contribute for their funerals when they die but surely there are exceptions? Like when you’ve illegally downloaded an artist’s music or copied from a friend?
Brown Dash is my exception and trust me, if there was a contribution list going around, I’d reach for my purse.
There hasn’t been any word yet on the memorial service or the funeral, except an announcement from Robbie Malinga that a few of the artists will record a Tribute song. I don’t mind a tribute song but I hope it will come after a dignified send-off for their friend. Otherwise they mustn’t bother. We will listen to his music.
I know I sound like I’m making BD the Kwaito Community’s responsibility but I’m just saying it would make his fans really happy if we didn’t have to read that the family needs money for his funeral when he has so many successful industry friends who love him.
Excuse the emotional tone; it’s an emotional time…