Big Nuz plays on after musician’s death
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.