Mzansi Profiles! Local Mampintsha Biography| Real Name, Career, Big Nuz, Babes Wodumo, Death

Mampintsha Biography| Real Name, Career, Big Nuz, Babes Wodumo, Death

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Mampintsha Biography| Real Name, Career, Big Nuz, Babes Wodumo, Death

Mandla Maphumulo, popularly known as Mampintsha, was a South African musician and producer.

He was renowned as a founding member of the kwaito group Big Nuz, alongside Mzi “Danger” Tshomela and the late Sbusiso “R Mashesha” Khoma. The group was established in 2002.


He was born on 18 July 1982 in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.


In 2002, Mandla Maphumulo formed the kwaito group Big Nuz. The members of the group, Mampintsha, Mzi “Danger” Tshomela, and the late Sbusiso “R Mashesha” Khoma, all hail from Umlazi and relocated from Durban to Johannesburg in 2004 to secure a recording deal.

Their first album, “Zozo,” was met with little success. The group moved back to Durban and signed with Afrotainment, where they released their second album in 2008, titled “2nd Round Knockout.”

This album was a huge success, earning them the Metro FM Best Kwaito Award. It was also nominated for the 2008 Channel O Awards, and their song “Uyoysholo Wena” was nominated for Song of The Year at the 2008 SAMA Awards.

After a successful year of performing and receiving awards in 2008, Big Nuz went back to the studio to work on their third album, Undisputed.

They collaborated with DJ Fisherman and DJ Tira on this album, which included the smash hit “Umlilo.”

The song received the Song of The Year Award at the South African Music Awards, and the album Undisputed was certified Platinum.

The year 2011 saw the release of their fourth studio album, Pound for Pound, featuring a staggering 25 songs spread across two discs.

With hit singles like Sting Ray, Ntombenhle, Serious, and Emahlayeni, the group continued to establish themselves as one of the leading Kwaito acts in the country, selling over 40,000 copies of the album and receiving Platinum certification.

Two years later, in 2013, they unveiled their fifth studio album, Made in Africa, featuring songs such as Hawaii, Inazo, and Incwadi Yothando.

The year 2015 marked the release of the final album by Big Nuz titled “For the Fans“. However, the release of the album was tainted with sad news as it was announced that one of the founding members, R. Mashesha, had passed away at the young age of 34.

Despite this, the group released the album as a tribute to Mashesha and it went on to win the Best Kwaito album award, as well as the award for Best Duo or Group of the year.

Both awards were dedicated to the memory of Mashesha by the group.

Big Nuz released their seventh studio album, R Mashesha, on 25 November 2022. The group’s song “Ngeke” was awarded Song of the Year on the Zulu radio station, UKhozi FM.

Solo Artist

Following the death of Sbusiso “R Mashesha” Khoma, Big Nuz disbanded and Mampintsha embarked on a solo career.

He focused on promoting his brand through his record label, West Ink. Throughout his solo career, he signed various artists to his label, many of whom were from KwaZulu-Natal.

One of his most successful signings was Babes Wodumo, with whom he collaborated on the hit song “Wololo” in 2016. This song propelled Babes’ career to the top of the charts.


Zozo, Big Nuz

2nd Round Knockout, Big Nuz

Undisputed, Big Nuz

Pound for Pound, Big Nuz

Made in Africa, Big Nuz

For the Fans

The Gentle Don Ep (solo)

Personal Life

Mampintsha and Babes Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, were married in a private ceremony, which they did not announce to the public until a picture of their wedding rings surfaced on Instagram.

Their marriage has been the subject of criticism due to allegations of abuse in their relationship, which have been circulating since 2018.

Despite this, the couple has shared their affection for each other publicly, including a cringeworthy video of them in a hot tub that was posted on social media.


Mampintsha died from a stroke on 24 December 2022, at the age of 40.


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