ARUSHA, 30 MARCH 2006 – Faza Nelly, one of the founding members of Tanzanian rap group X Plastaz, passed away last night. Nelly had been admitted to hospital with wounds inflicted by a knife that a psychotic neighbour had used to attack him. Doctors had hope of curing him, but the damage to his lungs proved too severe.
If you want to extend condolences to his family and friends please leave a message in the X Plastaz guestbook.
Nelly’s death has shocked his family, friends and the international music community who have expressed their grief in the condolence register at the X Plastaz website. He will be buried the coming weekend and his brother and group member Gsann will come over from the USA to attend the funeral.
With the passing of Nelly, the hip hop community has lost a modest but highly skilled emcee whose lyrics were tales from the grassroots of society. He showed a great respect for the natural treasures of Tanzania and for traditional culture, such as in the song ‘Aha’. Nelly truly cared for the community and the poor & helpless and was never tempted to go with the trend of Tanzanian rap to become more commercial and less about the hardships of the common people. At the same time he knew how to enjoy life and his sense of humour never failed to break the ice with people from all over the world.
In his travel with the group he got to see different parts of the world such as Belgium, UK and Brazil. He was booked to perform in Gabon (West-central Africa) in early June, and a music video featuring him rapping on top of the holy mountain of the Maasai (the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai) was about to be released in Tanzania along with the new single ‘Hiyo’ which is also on the new Kunta Kinte Clothing mixtape (see the X Plastaz Myspace page for audio).
Nelson Chrizostom Buchard a.k.a Faza Nelly,ambaye ni msanii pamoja na mmoja kati ya waasisi wa kundi la Xplastaz lenye makazi yake ndani ya jiji la A-Town (Arusha) amefariki dunia juzi tarehe 29 kwa kuchomwa kisu.
Taarifa kutoka kwa familia ya marehemu ilisema msanii huyo alikufa baada ya kuchomwa kisu na mtu mwenye matatizo ya akili ambapo alikimbizwa hospitalini lakini juhudi za madaktari kuokoa maisha ya msanii huyo zilishindikana kutokana na kupata madhara makubwa kwenye mapafu.
Kifo hicho kimewashtua wasanii pamoja na wapenzi wengi wa muziki kutokana na mchango mkubwa wa msanii huyo ktk kukuza Bongo Flava ndani pamoja na nje ya nchi.
Kumbukumbu zinaonyesha safari ya mwisho ya msanii huyu kwenye maonyesho ya nje ilifanyika mwezi wa 12 mwaka 2005 alipokwenda kuperform Norway (Oslo World Music Festival) na Sweden (Selam festival ya
Stockholm), kabla ya kifo kumkuta alikuwa anatarajia kutoka na single mpya na kurelease video ya songi lake (Nini dhambi kwa mwenye dhiki) iliyoshootiwa juu ya mlima takatifu kwa wa Maasai.
Faza Nelly alizaliwa mwaka 1976 mjini Arusha.