Big Nuz was a South African Durban Kwaito music group and yes Big Nuz is officially no longer active.
I thought I would put you out the misery of suspense nice and early.
Big Nuz originates from Umlazi Township on the east coast of KwaZula-Natal and was formed in 2002. The name “NUZ” is said to have been chosen from the vehicle registration prefix in Umlazi.
The three founding members are Mandla Maphumulo (Mampintsha), Mzi Tshomela (Danger) and late Sibusiso Khomo (R. Mashesha).
Once the group was formed the trio moved from Durban to Johannesburg in hopes of securing a recording contract and fame.
In 2002 they performed on ETV. There are also reports that they collaborated with Koloi Lebone and Beatmaker. They recorded a couple of songs together that were not released.
Big Nuz would get another break in 2004 in the form of collaboration with Kwaito artist Ishmael on the song “Boom Boom”.
In 2006 Big Nuz got a recording contract with Gallo Records and they soon released their debut album called “Zozo”. The album didn’t do as well as expected and Gallo Records got most of the criticism as they were blamed for poor management.
In 2007 the group decided to return to Durban and worked with DJ Tira. They released a song called “Uyozisholo Wena”.
The following year in 2008 Big Nuz signed to Afrotainment recording label. They released their first album with Afrotainment titled “2nd Round Knockout”.
The album turned out to be a huge success selling over 20 0000 copies in South Africa. The hit track from the album “Ubala” gained a lot of traction and airplay. The song was even nominated for Song of The Year at the 2008 South African Music Awards (SAMA’s).
Big Nuz also got to perform at the opening ceremony of the SAMA’s. Their album “2nd Round Knockout” won the Metro FM Best Kwaito Album Award and was nominated at the 2008 Channel O Awards.
Big Nuz also got to performed at former President Jacob Zuma’s inauguration in 2009.
In 2009 Big Nuz collaborated with DJ Fisherman and DJ Tira and released their third studio album titled “Undisputed” which was also a huge success. The hit song from the album was “Umlilo” which won the “Song of The Year Award” at South African Music Awards. The “Undisputed” album also won the award for “Best Album” and went on to be certified Platinum.
In 2011 Big Nuz released their fourth studio album titled “Pound For Pound” which was a 2 disc album with 25 songs. The album won the “Best Kwaito Album Award” at the South African Music Awards.
The album “Pound For Pound” went on to sell over 40 000 copies and was certified Platinum.
In 2013 Big Nuz released their fifth studio album titled “Made In Africa” and like the 3 previous albums it too was a huge success. The album features the hit “Inazo” and the Big Nuz would perform “Inazo” at the 2014 MTV Africa Awards. The album “Made In Africa” won the “Best Kwaito Album Award” at the South African Music Awards.
The album “Made In Africa” went on to sell over 40 000 copies and was certified Platinum.
On Friday 7 August 2015 founding member R. Mashesha died at the age of 34 from what is reported as throat surgery complications. This was the same day as Big Nuz released their sixth studio album titled “For The Fans” which again was a huge success.
The album was launched in honour for R. Mashesha. The album “For The Fans” received the award for “Best Kwaito Album” and the award for “Best Duo or Group of The Year” at the South African Music Awards.
So What Happened to Big Nuz?
After the passing of R. Mashesha a lot of people speculated that “For The Fans” would be the last album from Biz Nuz.
Many felt it would be difficult for the group to continue without a third member. Some thought that perhaps DJ Tira or L’vovo would possibly fill for Mashesha.
With previous success Big Nuz had we thought it would be just a matter of time before they released another album and dominated as usual.
Fast forward to 2016 around July reports started surfacing that Danger was uncertain about the future of the group as at the time Mampintsha was busy with his own thing.
Mampintsha was reported to be focusing on his company West Inc and his newly signed artist Babes Wodumo.
At this time source were claiming that Mampintsha was being booked to perform alone and not Big Nuz.
If this wasn’t enough in early 2018 news surfaced that Danger has launched his own record label 108 Entertainment.
At this time it seemed like one of the biggest Kwaito groups was now hanging on by a thread that was being tugged at by reports all of sudden saying that Big Nuz isn’t happy at Afrotainment.
Well Afrotainment boss DJ Tira would announce that the label and Big Nuz have officially split.
After that, news about Big Nuz went quiet. Danger went his way and Mampintsha went his way.
Fast forward to 2019 December 31 at the Fact Durban Rock event we learned that Big Nuz would be performing for the first time in years. Many were excited that maybe this could mean the comeback of Big Nuz.
Unfortunately for all eager fans they were left disappointed as Big Nuz didn’t perform.
Organizer of Fact Durban Rocks, DJ Tira confirmed to Move that they arrived late and that is why they could no longer perform.
Well hopefully once the current lockdown restrictions are over the highly successful Kwaito group Big Nuz does find a way out of retirement.