Mampintsha Biography

Mampintsha is a South African recording artist and producer from Umlazi. He is also the founder of the musical group Big Nuz. Mampinstha has made a name for himself in the country through the Kwaito hits that he has produced over the years.  More often than not, Mampintsha is always in the media for the wrong reasons because of the people he is associated with.

Mampintsha Age

Mampintsha was born on the 18th of July 1982. He is 38-years-old.

Mampintsha Relationship

Mampintsha is married to Babes Wodumo whose real name is Bongekile Selimane. The two didn’t announce their marriage until people were surprised with a picture on Instagram of the couple showing their wedding rings. Their marriage was heavily criticized as it was believed that the relationship wasn’t healthy and there were abuse allegations that have been circulating since 2018.

Despite that, the pair declared their love for one another in a very jump video posted to social media of themselves in a hot tub. At some point in their lives, people thought that the couple was pregnant with their first child.

Babes used the media to tease a ‘special announcement’. Many thought it was a pregnancy announcement, given that Babes was pictured wearing loose clothing at the time. However, it turns out that it was for a music video.

Mampintsha Career

Mampintsha is known for his role in Big Nuz and also when he went solo on his career in 2015 after the group split.

Big Nuz

Big Nuz is a musical group that was formed by Mandla Maphumulo (a.k.a. Mampintsha), Mzi (a.k.a. Danger) and Sbu (a.k.a. Mashesha) in 2002. They grew up together as brothers in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal and the group was named after the license plate begin for all vehicles registered in Umlazi.

After forming the group they moved to Johannesburg in hopes of scoring a record deal. During the same year, they had an opportunity to perform a clink on a television series, Backstage on e.Tv. Their performance landed them a recording contract.

They had complications with their record label as they worked with Koloi Lebone and Beatmaker recording music which never got released. In 2004, they worked with a Kwaito giant artist at the time, Ishmael who featured them in the song Boom Boom.

As Big Nuz continued their journey, they signed with Gallo Records in 2006 and had their debut album, Zozo where they worked with the likes of  Kid Mokoena of Why Not Entertainment. However, the album didn’t meet the expectations on the sales department, Gallo Records was criticized for poor management.

Things weren’t going as they expected in Johannesburg and they returned to Durban to work with the impressive DJ Tira. They worked on their first song “Uyoysholo Wena”. In 2008 they signed a contract with the Afrotainment recording label. They released their second album with the record label 2nd Round Knockout.

Under new management, their sales were now what they were expecting after the album sold over 20,000 copies in South Africa. They had now established their fan base across the country and they were beginning to be known as the upcoming Kwaito kings.

They started getting invited to perform at award shows and they had an opportunity to perform at the 2008 South African Music Awards where they performed during the opening ceremony. During the awards show, they also collected a song of the year award.

After their busy year of performing and collecting awards in 2008, Big Nuz returned to the studio and recorded their third album, Undisputed where they collaborated with DJ Fisherman and DJ Tira. The album had the smash hit, Umlilo and the song received the Song of The Year Award from the South African Music Awards and their album Undisputed was certified Platinum.

In 2011, they released their fourth studio album, Pound for Pound. The album contained two discs and it was made out of 25 songs. They continued their success as a leading Kwaito group in the country and they managed to sell over 40,000 copies and the album was certified Platinum.

The album had hit singles such as, Sting Ray, Ntombenhle, Serious & Emahlayeni. In 2013, they released their fifth studio album, Made in Africa. The album has song such as Hawaii, Inazo and Incwadi Yothando. They worked with the likes of  Khaya Mthethwa.

In 2015, they released their last album as a group which was titled For the Fans. The release of the album was accompanied by bad news when it was announced that the founding member R. Mashesha died at the age of 34.

Big Nuz didn’t hold back on the release of the album but this time around it was released with the honour of Mashesha. The album received the award for Best Kwaito album and brought the group the award for Best Duo or Group of the year. The group dedicated both awards to Mashesha

Mampintsha Awards

Mampintsha is an award-winning musician who worked with Big Nuz almost all his career and eventually went on a solo career. He is a firm believer of bringing up upcoming artists through his record label and is considered to be a Kwaito legend.

Here’s a list of the awards he’s collected over the years.

2008 – 9th Metro FM Music Awards – Best Kwaito Album, “2nd Round Knockout”
2008 – Channel O Music Awards – Best Kwaito Album, “2nd Round Knockout”

2008 Channel O Awards

2009 – Song of The Year Award from the South African Music Awards

2010 – 16th South African Music Awards – Album of the Year, “Undisputed”, Best Kwaito Album, “Undisputed”
2010 – MTN Record of the Year, “Umlilo”
2012 – Best Kwaito Album Award at the South African Music Awards

2013 – Best Kwaito Album  at the South African Music Awards

2015 – Best Kwaito Album Best Duo or Group of the Year

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