RIP: Veteran actor Washington Sixolo Dies At 83
By Temba Msiza: Veteran actor, singer and comedian Washington Sixolo ‘Bra Wash’, best known for playing the character of ‘Jwarha’ on Emzini Wezinsizwa has passed away.
He was bed ridden and started becoming progressively worse from the month of May and on Saturday June 3, he was rushed to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto and unfortunately passed away on Sunday morning.
The pioneer actor made his debut on the small screen playing Bhebhe in 1986-1989 on Shaka Zulu and was introduced to the world acting alongside international actor Martin Shaw in 1996 when played Lobengula in the TV series Rhodes, the Sinkatutu chief, with Nigerian musician Fela Kuti in Ernest Goes To Africa in 1997 and with Jackie Chan on Who Am I? in 1998.
Before that Washington was part of a gospel group the King’s Messengers Quartet. They brought out a number of albums such as More Songs With The Kings Messengers Quartet, Soul Of Africa and Precious Moments. Their songs were sung in English, Zulu and Sotho. When President Kaunda heard the group, he liked them so much, ‘he arranged a fully paid trip for them to Zambia so that he could hear them perform live’, according to Electricjive Blogspot.
Speaking to SABC’s Morning Live, his son Zolani said, “He has contributed a lot in the South African industry, and I wish and pray that South Africa can start recognising talent and start honouring people who have worked in the industry.”
“My father will be buried at the Seventh Day Adventist church in Orlando West on Sunday at 07h00 to 11h00, and the memorial service will be held at Uncle Tom’s Hall in Orlando West, from 14h00 to 17h00,” he added.
Washington Sixolo will be remembered for the light he brought to the small screen.