Celebratory memorial for late muso

By Drum Digital
18 May 2012

Bereaving family, friends and fans gathered yesterday at Naledi Co0mmunity Hall in Soweto to reminisce moments they had with late Kwaito sensation Simphiwe Mpamile aka Brown Dash.

Brown Dash passed away after a long undisclosed illness at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto last week. According to reports Brown Dash had been in and out of hospital since 2010 after he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

They remembered a lad who was determined and inspirational especially amongst his peers. A man whom, in spite of his success, remained humble, helpful and ‘himself’. His childhood friend Ntando said all he ever wanted was to be on stage.

Ntando Bangani thanked Brown Dash’s mother for giving birth to Simphiwe. “Brown came into my life when things weren’t going well. I am who I am today because of him… An emotional Ntando could not finish holding back tears and then started to perform in honour of his friend.

Upon arrival the mood was sombre but in a matter of minutes after the programme started it was as though it’s a concert.

With whistles and screams from the attendees when Brown Dash’s videos were played on the big screen, one would have been forgiven to think it’s a concert. His biggest hits Phants’ Komthunzi Welanga and Vum Vum got the crowd crazy jumping up and down and dancing.

Celebrities from musos to soap stars and soccer stars were in attendance adding to the filled to capacity community hall. They also didn’t shy away from dancing behind those thick dark sunglasses they were hiding behind.

It was no ordinary memorial service and it was really celebrating a life well lived.

The funeral will take place in Soweto on Saturday 19 May in Soweto. May his soul rest in peace.

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