YESTERDAY (29 December), he would have performed in Bulawayo at the BAC Leisure as part of Big Nuz, at a gig dubbed “A Night With Legends” brought to the City of Kings by 3D Events.
Unfortunately, on that same day, Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo was lying motionless in a coffin at his memorial service at the ECC Church in Durban central, as many of his beloved fans bid farewell to Shimora, as he was affectionately known.
Mampintsha, who was the face of multi-award-winning Durban kwaito group Big Nuz, died on 24 December, after a short hospitalisation.
He was admitted to King Edward Hospital in Durban due to a stroke and was later moved to Durdoc Hospital, where he passed on.
His record label West Ink Records broke the news of his death.
“Husband, father, musician and West Ink CEO Mandlenkosi Maphumulo has died,” wrote West Ink as part of their statement.
Local promoter Mduduzi Mdlongwa from 3D Events, who was responsible for bringing Big Nuz to the City of Kings for their much-anticipated gig after their reunion, said the death of Mampintsha was a shock.
“Yesterday we were supposed to be hosting Big Nuz and Babes Wodumo at BAC Leisure, unfortunately that didn’t happen after the passing on of Mampintsha.
“His death was a shock to me because we had planned to have a stellar party with Big Nuz fans after they have just reunited and released a new December banger album in honour of their late group member Mashesha.
“Their single Ngeke is already topping charts after it was released on 25 November garnering over a million views on YouTube which is a sign that these guys were back for more in the game. However, it seems God had a better plan for him,” said Mdlongwa.
As a way of honouring Mampintsha, 3D Events yesterday hosted a “Tribute To Mampintsha Legends Old School Night” gig which featured Emity Smooth, Joe Tha OG and Mark Vusani.
A promotion was run and a fan who performed the best Big Nuz song (karaoke), was afforded a night at Holiday Inn.
Promoting a show is a business and a profit was expected from the Big Nuz event. However, Mdlongwa said despite paying all the booking fees and flights for the artistes to come and perform in the city, they will soon be negotiating a refund.
“This is God’s doing and there is nothing we can do about it. As 3D Events we enjoyed a good relationship with Big Nuz, and we have joined the entire Southern Africa in mourning Mampintsha.
Maybe in late January we will then start negotiating for a refund.
Mampintsha will be buried today (30 December).
He left behind his wife Babes Wodumo and son Sponge Wodumo.