The story of Brickz is like a script of a Hollywood movie. He became famous for his extraordinary musical talent. But then, the renowned Kwaito artist is mostly remembered for being sentenced to 15 years in jail for raping his niece in 2013.
Sipho Ndlovu, popularly known as Brickz is a South African musician whose immense musical prowess caught the attention of top South African producer DJ Cleo. He remains one of the most successful Kwaito artists who took the genre of music to another level with his hit songs. Brickz Sweety My Baby and Tjovitjosang are part of them.
Brickz's profile summary
- Full name: Sipho Ndlovu
- Stage name: Brickz
- Date of birth: February 1981
- Birthplace: Zola, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Age: 40 years old
- Occupation: Musician
- Genre: Kwaito
- Nationality: South Africa
Brickz's background and career
Brickz grew up in Zola, a small town in Johannesburg, South Africa. The talented South African artist began his professional career by singing in gospel choirs before joining his first music band where he was nicknamed Half Brickz because he was the youngest person in the group.
Later on, he was discovered by a famous producer, DJ Cleo. In 2005, he released his debut album Face Brick, a Kwaito album with some reggae influence. The album was partly inspired by events of his life, including his love life and township occurrences.
The project even featured a track dedicated to his late mother. This talented musician has gone to release several songs and albums to establish himself as one of the leading artists in South Africa. Brickz Andapende is one famous song that became a fans' favourite.
How old is Brickz?
Although his date of birth is not precisely known, it is assumed that the renowned musician was born in Zola in February 1981. Brickz age is 40 years as of 2021.
Brickz's record labels
Brickz was formerly signed to DJ Cleo label, Will Street Productions before he landed another deal with Ghetto Ruff Records. He reportedly owns Brigade Records. Brickz also became a member of TS Records, which is owned by another former Cleo protege.
Brickz Mabrigado, as the media call him, seems to be separated from his wife before going to jail. However, not much is known about Brickz's wife. The 40-year-old has a girlfriend, Cazo Cas, a rapper based in Johannesburg.
Brickz's songs and albums
Sipho Ndlovu's songs are not only popular in South Africa but also beyond the shores of his country. The South African artist discography is given below:
- Andapende (Zola Mix)
- Indaba Yami
- Karapau (Interlude)
- Left Right
- Andaphenda (Eskhaleni Mix)
- S’gub Somjondolo
- Rest In Peace (Sis Nengi)
- Lesghubhu (Chronic Kulcha Mix)
- Sweetie My Baby
- Huwe Baby
- P.M.R. (Picture Me Rolling) [RIP 2 Pac]
- FREAKSHOW (feat. QEDJ)
- Andapende(Zola mix)
- Into Engidiayo
- andapende (eskhaleni mix)
- Andapende (Zola Mix}
- Club Benga
- Ubusha Bethu
- Sweety Ma Baby
- Sweety My Baby
- Eskeem Esingalali
- Swimming Pool
- Mshele Kahle
- Maponya Mall
The artist has scored several South African Music Awards nominations while winning some in the course of his career. Some of his award nominations include the following:
- Best Kwaito Album Face Brick (2005)
- Best Newcomer Face Brick (2005)
- Song of the Year Sweety My Baby
- Best Kwaito Album Es'tokfeleni (2008)
- Best Kwaito Album Stop Nonsense (2009)
- Metro FM Awards
- Best Kwaito Album Es'tokfeleni (2007)
Besides the nominations, it is interesting to note that he has also walked home with some awards, including the following:
- Best Kwaito Album Face Brick
- Best Newcomer
- Best Kwaito Album Es'tokfeleni
- Best Kwaito Album Stop Nonsense
Why is Brickz in jail?
In 2013, Brickz niece accused the artist of raping her at his rented house in Northgate. Consequently, he was charged to court and afterwards sentenced to 15 years in prison for the offence. The Kwaito maestro is currently serving his time at the Krugersdorp Correctional Services facility in South Africa.
Brickz's latest news
Brickz is trending on social media after a tweep shared a video of the disgraced star singing in jail. In the clip, the Kwaito musician leads a prison choir in song. He is wearing his full orange prison uniform in the video. The choir was shooting a music video, it seems.
Tweeps have shared mixed reactions to the footage. Some people praised Brickz for joining the prison choir while others said they miss him. Check out some of the comments below:
"There's something very calm about him."
"Imagine adding DJ Fresh and Euphonik, this would be a banger."
"He even gained weight."
"I hope he is rehabilitated and comes back to be a positive member of society."
"This video is a preparation for parole, this is a publicity stunt, rehabilitation is a long and hard process, I doubt he is near ready to be trusted around small girls and vulnerable women."
"Hope he comes back a changed man... respect to him for admitting and serving his time, we miss you Brickz Mabrigadoh."
Is Brickz dead?
No, Brickz is not dead. He is alive and healthy. The artist even claimed to have joined the prison choir in a bid to reconnect with his spiritual side. According to his girlfriend, he seems fulfilled being a part of the group. In her words:
He’s just very happy that he’s part of the choir and he’s getting to sing his heart out just like when he was little. He has a group of guys he works out with on a daily basis, so there’s actually a lot he can do right now. He is in happy spirits.
Brickz is seen as one of the "bad boys" of the Kwaito genre. This is because he has been involved in numerous controversies, including drug scandals and sexual assault. Even his close friend DJ Cleo once told the press that the artist was high on drugs while receiving an award for the Best Kwaito Album. But then, his fans hope that he would come out of prison as a better person.