The struggle against apartheid in South Africa had a soundtrack and that soundtrack brought new culture – most importantly an identity to the South African youth. This Heritage Month (29 September 2018) – we pay tribute to the music and the musicians who played a part in the country’s transformation to democracy.
BROWN DASH’s MUSICAL FOOTSTEP
In 2002, when he appeared on the scene kitted out in the typical township kwaito star look of a green prison warder jersey, khaki shirt, Dickies chinos, All Stars and a tilted woollen skully, the boy from Zola, Soweto, made his presence felt.
Brown Dash (real name Siphiwe Mpamile) was spotted by TS Records’ boss, TK Nciza, when he was a backing vocalist and dancer for Mapaputsi in his hit song Izinja. He also worked with kwaito outfit Amasgumfete. When the popular mask-clad Mzekezeke became a music phenomenon with Sguqa Ngamadolo, Brown was by his side and became the “face” of their collaboration.
He stepped out on his own, but not entirely, as his debut album, Puff ’n Pass, boasted a host of kwaito talent from Mzekezeke to Zola on support. The album sold more than 25000 copies. Brown then went solo full throttle and released Phansi Komthunzi Welanga, which truly turned him into a star.
Brown Dash was passionate and loved original kwaito sound with all his heart”. He also loved gospel music as he was spiritual – as much as the township boy in him loved munching kota. Brown Dash inspired a generation with his rags-to-riches story. At the time of his death, he reportedly lived in a commune in Melville, Joburg. It must have been his humble nature, or his genuine affinity with ekasi, that made Brown Dash a likeable fellow.
Mahlomola Kekana Foundation for Community Upliftment (MKFCU) is calling on PUBLIC to conceive “Brown Dash September”, a month-long program of documentary screenings, exhibition and discussions regarding the music industry – leading into the Tribute Concert that aims to consider the role of kwaito music in the making of democracy in South Africa.
Venue: Soweto Theatre Time: 18:00 – 02:00
Adm: R 100.00 General R 600.00 VIP
Performing Artist Mshoza Orlando Pantsula Mzekezeke Sashman General GTZ
Dj’s Dj Fisha Fasha Dj Virus Dj Sello Mgedeza Dj Toyota