Nomasonto Maswanganyi – otherwise known as Mshoza – has died at the age of 37 on Thursday morning. The musician was a major player in the Kwaito industry, and leaves behind two young children.
Who is Mshoza? Nomasonto Maswanganyi confirmed dead on Thursday
Maswanganyi had been receiving treatment at a hospital in Gauteng prior to her untimely passing. Thandoxulo Jindela, who worked as Mshoza’s manager, confirmed the death to the media a short while ago.
Amogst other things, Mshoza was also notable for the smash hit Kortes in the early 2000s. BullDawgz First Lady, her debut album, became an iconic record in Mzansi. She was frequently in the news for her love life, as several on-again, off-again marriages kept the artist in the public eye.
Heartfelt tributes pour in for Kwaito star
Maswanganyi was also an advocate for gender equality, defending her fellow artists in controversies ranging from risque outfits to skin-lightening procedures. Mshoza goes down as a titan of South African pop culture, and her loss is being keenly felt across South Africa. Several close friends and major domestic stars have already posted their tributes:
#RIPMshoza Feels like a lifetime ago when this shoot happened. Thank you for the music, living unapologetically and for being such a cool person. And standing up for others when you didn’t have to. 💔 pic.twitter.com/yMG8zGcuIX
— AndThenMamaSaid 🌈✊🏾🇿🇦 (@tumi_morake) November 19, 2020
The music industry has once again lost one of amazing artists, the queen of Kwaito, Mshoza💔
We would like to send our sincere sympathies to her family and friends.
— Ambitiouz Ent (@Ambitiouz_Ent) November 19, 2020
How Mshoza, Sis how, why why why 😭😭😭😭😭. This is a memory from Hush a show I presented with Zola Hashatsi. The last project we worked on was for Slikouronlife addressing Colourism.
Sweetest soul ever filled with love. 🕯️🤍🕊️.
Rest in peace sthandwa. pic.twitter.com/58XUgA51uN
— Refilwe Modiselle (@vanillablaq) November 19, 2020