Lala Ngoxolo Brown Dash
Oh wow…. this has just been one of those moments in life when I hear something and pray “God, let it not be true.” but it is true, Brown Dash is no more and the industry has suffered a big loss.
To me, Brown Dash defined the true essence of what Kwaito is and even after a long absence, his contribution on Spikiri’s Ngeke Balunge proved to me that Kwaito as I know and love it will never be dead.
When I saw Brown Dash and how he looked at the SAMAs, my heart sank. I quickly searched for a picture I had taken with him when I met him for the first and only time at the 2011 SAMA Nominees Party at Monte Casino. I put up the picture as my Twitter avatar and it was my way of telling God that we still need him, I’m still a fan, I still wanna hear more of his voice, please spare him! And I’ve had that picture on till yesterday morning, I removed it on the day he died. I know it’s silly but maybe I shouldn’t have.
I don’t think I have ever cried over a celebrity’s death before, but I shed tears for Brown Dash and I really wish he had been given another chance. He was so young, and Ngeke Balunge demonstrated that he still had so much to give. Still had more hits to make and I’m so sorry that he is gone. I wish I could have done more to show my appreciation for his talent and the music he made.
My prayers are with his family and his friends.
Those who helped to nurse him in his last days, those who went with him to Sun City and made sure he wore beautiful clothes up on that stage, and those who supported him and allowed him to get on that stage and perform for us one last time, Thank You and may GOD BLESS YOU.
Thank you Sphiwe Mpamile for the beautiful music. Your love of Kwaito and your dedication to the arts will never be forgotten.
Thank you for Phansi Ko Mthunzi We Langa, one of my favourite songs of all time and one that will remain a classic for decades to come.
Rest In Peace Brown Dash