Big Nuz plays on af­ter mu­si­cian’s death

CityPress - - News - Pic­tured) – Paddy Harper

Kwaito act Big Nuz con­tin­ued with their week­end en­gage­ments yesterday af­ter mem­ber Sibu­siso Khomo ( – whose stage name was R Mashe­sha – died on Fri­day from post-surgery com­pli­ca­tions.

The death of the pop­u­lar mu­si­cian came as the group re­leased a lon­gawaited new al­bum, For The Fans.

DJ Tira, real name Mthokozisi Khathi, owner of the Afrotainment sta­ble to which Big Nuz be­longed, con­firmed Mashe­sha’s death. The mu­si­cian had been the tar­get of sev­eral death ru­mours in re­cent months.

Khathi said Mashe­sha had been in hos­pi­tal for a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure, but had never re­cov­ered.

“He had an op­er­a­tion yesterday morn­ing. There were com­pli­ca­tions and he passed away.”

Khathi had ear­lier posted on Face­book that the group – com­pris­ing Mashe­sha, Mandla Maphumulo (AKA Mamp­intsha) and Mzi Tshomela (AKA Dan­ger) – would con­tinue with sched­uled events as part of a tour to pro­mote their al­bum. Big Nuz got to­gether in 2002 be­fore they were dis­cov­ered by Khathi in 2007 and hit the na­tional charts. They have won sev­eral mu­sic awards.

Si­bongile Nz­i­mande, head of KwaZulu-Natal’s arts and cul­ture depart­ment, said Mashe­sha’s death was a loss and he would be re­mem­bered for his cre­ativ­ity and love of life and mu­sic.

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