Brown Dash, born Siphiwe Mpamile, played his part in South Africa’s kwaito music scene – first with the group AmaSkumfete, then working on Mapaputsi’s hit album Izinja. He was also the unmasked face that sang alongside Mzekezeke and he appeared on his double platinum debut album when he performed the title track Sguqa Ngamadolo in 2002. He released his own debut album in 2003, and had a hit with the popular track Puff & Pass.
Siphiwe hailed from Soweto, home to other kwaito stars like Mdu, Mandoza & Mzambiya. He had been battling a number of illnesses in recent years, and his cause of death is not yet known at this time.
It’s believed he had been working on a new album in recent weeks that was due out soon.