The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) described Brown Dash as an inspiration to many young people.
“Young people found solace in his music, and his artistic performances resonated with their personal circumstances,” spokeswoman Magdalene Moonsamy said in a statement.
She said the ANCYL was deeply saddened at his untimely death.
“His death comes at a time when young people in particular are confronted by many life-threatening illnesses and poor social conditions.”
She said Brown Dash’s lyrics showed the problems faced by young people, in conditions of neglect and helplessness.
She said in his song “Phans’komthunzi welanga ngiblome namagenge”, Brown Dash had painted a reflection of a society in which the youth was desolate and desperate for a change in policies to better their livelihoods.
“In his music, we were convinced more than ever to relentlessly pursue economic freedom in our lifetime.”