Ex Rhythm of the city actor and kwaito star Brian “Bruno” Maiola has died at the age of 36. According to Drum, Bruno died on Monday, August 15, and the cause of his death has not yet been confirmed. The artist also starred on e.tv Ekasi: Our Stories and best known for his work in Gumshev, the kwaito duo he formed with Fistos.

The two produced hit tracks Hosh, Temptations and Matha.

Bruno’s death comes a day after the death of Kwaito legend and TKZee member Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala.

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A relative confirmed the death of Brian “Bruno” Majola to the Drama. The kwaito star reportedly passed away on August 15 around 6:00 p.m. The cause of his death has not been confirmed by the Majola family.

“I’m not fine at all. I need to meet with the family to make a statement and send all the necessary information, but I can confirm that he is dead,” the relative said.

One of Bruno’s friends, Pardon Makamu, told the publication that he heard the news shortly after his death.

“I didn’t get the full details of what happened,” Makamu said.


South Africans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Bruno following the shocking news of his death.

“Yesterday it was Mahesh, today you. Rest in peace Bruno,” wrote one tweet.

“RIP to ‘Bruno power Goodfella’ actor and musician who played Bongani Rhythm of the city– wrote another tweet.

“He was a dope rapper and actor, a talented man.”


Take a look at the career path of Brian “Bruno” Majola according to his Facebook page and the Sunday World.

  • When he was 15, Bruno was arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to six years in the Leukop Juvenile Detention Center in Johannesburg.
  • After his release from prison in 2015, he visited music executive Lance Stehr to negotiate a record deal with Ghetto Ruff.
  • A year later, he auditioned for the hit e.tv series Rhythm of the city and performed the role of Bongani Khumalo.
  • Before his death, the multi-talented star released two albums and founded his own production company, Jamshack Records.
  • He has also shared the stage with the likes of DJ Cleo, Bongani Fassie, Pro Kid and many more.

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