R Mashesha

R Mashesha (born Sibusiso Khomo) was a South African Kwaito musician who achieved fame as one of three founding members of the Durban based group, Big Nuz. The Big Nuz trio gained fame after being signed to a Durban based record label, Afrotainment and went on to release five albums while R Mashesha was alive.

R Mashesha Sibusiso Khomo
Born Sibusiso Khomo
March 05, 1981
Umlazi, Durban
South Africa
Known As R Mashesha
Death August 07, 2015
Aged 34 Yrs Old
South Africa
Aged 34 Years Old
Cause of Death Unknown
Resting Place Stellawood Cemetery
Durban, KZN
Occupation Musician
Genre Kwaito
Since 2002-2015
Record Label Afrotainment
Associated Acts Big Nuz, DJ Tira
L’vovo Derrango
DJ Cndo, DJ Sox
DJ Bongs, Tzozo
Durban’s Finest
Agent Unknown
Websites Unknown

R Mashesha was born Sibusiso Khomo in the township of Umlazi located in the south of the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province of South Africa.

He was one of five siblings to his mother, Thule Khomo. His sister Zonke Khomo is known for having represented the family in the wake of his (R Mashesha) passing while his other sister is Thandeka Khomo. His brother, Siyabonga Khomo, is known for having spoken at his funeral.

He is undoubtedly best known as one of three founding members of the Durban Kwaito super group, Big Nuz, which enjoyed enviable success in the Kwaito genre at the time when house and dance music dominated South Africa.

With Big Nuz R Mashesha recorded five albums, the first (Zozo) of which was recorded under the legendary South African label, Gallo Record Company to dismal showing.

The group languished in obscurity until it was invited to return to Durban by the then ascending house maestro, DJ Tira, and signed them to his fledgling record label, Afrotainment.

The move proved to be a stroke of genius, it led the group to sustained success and prominence; consequently, its members; R Mashesha and his band-mates Mandla Maphumulo (Mampintsha), Mzi Tshomela.

A September 2014 Zalebs article reported that R Mashesha had not performed with Big Nuz for “some three years” due to illness. In that report group member, Danger, was quoted saying, “We all know that Mashesha is recovering from an illness. I want to clarify that he’s okay and ready to perform but we won’t rush him. We’re giving him time to recover. We are not recording this year. We don’t have new songs but we’re featured by other artists.”

In recent years R Mashesha’s health had become a subject of public scrutiny and had been falsely reported dead more than once. In February 2015 he responded to yet another report of his death, “I’m not going to entertain this anymore. I have to be physically and mentally fit for the many performances scheduled for this busy season.

“I’d like ask all my fans and Big Nuz supporters to please ignore any misleading information gathered from unauthorized individuals. My colleagues at Afrotainment and family are the only trusted sources with information regarding my wellbeing,” R Mashesha was quoted.

“Sometimes in life you have your own problems and need people to support you. It’s sad really. Rumors always creep up, people are quick to write off a person. We need to support one another,” R Mashesha said in February 2015.

In the early night of Friday August 07, 2015 news broke that R Mashesha had passed way, “It is with deep sadness that I inform you of R. Mashesha’s death. Sibusiso Khomo passed away today (Friday 07 August). RIP sosha, DJ Tira said via his Twitter account. The news was relayed by DJ Warras during the live broadcast of Live Amp on SABC 1. DJ Warras later spoke to DJ Tira via telephone and he confirmed the news and added that he (R Mashesha) had died due to a complication during a scheduled surgery.

R Mashesha was not married and he did not have any children; he was one of five children to his parents. His mother is Thule Khomo. His sister Zonke Khomo is known for having represented the family in the wake of his (R Mashesha) passing while his other sister is Thandeka Khomo.



Cause of Dead

Very little is known about the illness that took R Mashesha’s life and his family has not been willing to divulge the nature of his illness. What is known conclusively is that he died after undergoing an operation which he had refused to undergo for years.

Famed Durban musician Tzozo speaking to the media at R Mashesha’s memorial service was quoted saying, “People killed R Mashesha a long time ago. I dont [sic] know how many times they have trended lies about his death on social networks. He was ill for too long and they diagnosed him and it was painful. I am glad that R Mashesha’s doctors confirmed that these diagnosis were not true. He did not die of those diagnosis.” Tzozo’s words referring to the public’s enduring suspicion that R Mashesha was HIV positive.



Memorial Service and Funeral

R Mashesha’s memorial service was held on Thursday August 13, 2015 at eThekwini Community Church in the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. The service was attended by the mayor of the city of Durban, James Nxumalo, who was quoted saying, “he [(R Mashesha) flew our flag high where ever he went to entertain. We as people from Durban and of Umlazi are proud to have produced such a talented musician.”

Mampintsha and Danger standing on either side of R Mashesha-s coffinHis funeral was held on Saturday August 15, 2015 at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi Township in the south of the city of Durban. The funeral was attended by a number of notable guests including L’vovo Derrango, Riky Rick, Mampintsha (Mandla Maphumulo), Danger (Mzi Tshomela), Tzozo Zulu, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts and Culture Ntombikayise Sibhidla Saphetha, Sfiso Ncwane, Mondli Ngcobo, DJ Cndo, Thembi Seete and Afrotainment boss, DJ Tira, as well as Dudu “Lady D” Khoza of UKhozi FM and Oskido of Kalawa Jazmee Records among many others. R Mashesha was laid to rest at Stellawood Cemetery, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.