Condolences continue to pour in following the passing of Smasho Papino over the weekend.
Smasho was a highly respected event organizer, artist manager, and booking agent, leaving behind a legacy of collaborations with artists like Ch’cco, Yumbs, Riky Rick, and Mr JazziQ, particularly in the amapiano scene.
Focalistic, fresh off his landmark one-man show in Pretoria on Saturday, expressed his condolences via Instagram Stories, saying, “Why do the good die young? King of the West! Always had such a bright energy, man. You’ll be missed.
Uncle Waffles also shared her condolences on her Instagram Stories, writing, “Rest well, bhuti, rest well.”
One of Waffles’ managers, Kai In The Cut, paid heartfelt tribute to Smasho, whom he described as a close friend. He expressed, “I love you, my brother, this hurts. I’m going to miss you, Smasho.”
Kai also shared videos of their time together on his Stories and wrote a lengthy tribute, highlighting the significant impact Smasho had on his life and career, especially during the lockdown period.
Kreative Korner, Kai’s social media blog page, also paid tribute to the late event organizer in a widely shared Instagram post.
The post said, “Rest in peace to a massive contributor to the Kulture at large @smasho_papino, promoter, artist manager, friend & brother to many in the industry.
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His love and passion for creating opportunities for people and pushing culture at large will live on forever, and our heart goes out to all his friends & family affected by the passing.”
Amapiano newcomer Yumbs also expressed his condolences, saying, “King of the west. Long live.”
Nobantu Vilakazi, George Avakian, Nanette, Ch’cco, and Uncle Vinny also left comments and paid tribute to Smasho in their own heartfelt ways.