Nomasonto Maswanganyi who is popularly known by her stage name Mshoza is a kwaito artist. She is also known as the first lady and the godmother of kwaito. On the 19th of November 2020 we learned that Mshoza passed away in the early hours of the morning at Far East Hospital. May she rest in peace.
Mshoza was born at the Johannesburg Meadowlands Clinic on the 7th of January 1983.
Her mother was a police officer and she has two sisters named Thandi and Seipati. She was raised by her grandparents in the Protea North region from the year 1988 until her grandmother passed away when she was 19 years old. She then moved to the Green Village to live with her mother and stepfather.
Mshoza has been singing from a young age. She began singing in Protea at the age of 10. She played the lead when their school put on a performance of Sarafina. Between 1995 and 1996, she joined a choir and became its lead singer. Between 1998 and 1999, she danced for kwaito group Chiskop.
Mshoza would go onto Jam Alley in mid 1999 where she freestyled as a contestant over Chiskop’s instrumental (Abasazi). She was voted No.1 by Loyiso Bala and spotted by former Jam Alley presenter Nimrod Nkosi and producer of Jam Alley Oscar Mlangeni. Eight months later she was asked to feature on Mzambiya Jersey Number 10 EP, which was released in 2000.
Mshoza officially signed up with BullDawgs Entertainment as an artist and recorded her first solo album named (Bull Dawgs First Lady). The album had the smash hit Kortes that featured kwaito artist Mzambiya.
A young Mshoza went from being a choir singer and backup dancer to being signed as an artist when she was only fifteen years old. In news interviews Mshoza said she used to be paid in boxes of money and she could not count how much it was.
“I was ambitious. I went to Jam Alley. Trust me, they used to give us so much money in boxes. I didn’t even know how much money there was. From there, I got a record deal. It was all happening for me. I had made my first million at 15,” she told a local publication.
Mshoza released two studio albums. Her debut album BullDawgz First Lady (2002) and followed up with her second album Bhoza.
What Happened to Mshoza
Mshoza was married to businessman Jacob Mnisi in 2007 and had 2 children.
Some reports believe that Mshoza took time out of the entertainment industry to focus on being a wife and mother. Unfortunately her marriage ended in 2011 after reports of both being unfaithful.
Reports started to surface around the time of her pending divorce that she had attempted to take her own life in 2011.
According to the reports she went into a coma for a few days after overdosing on tablets and was admitted into the ICU of the Life of Cosmos Hospital in Witbank. The husband’s spokesperson, Alex Matsimane, responded to rumours about the couple’s soon-to-come divorce by denying them. However, the rumour turned out to be true.
In 2016 she worked with her manager Thanduxolo Jindela in staging her music comeback when the single Abantu Bam was released. The comeback didn’t really take off for one reason or the other. Many were of the belief that kwaito was dead and the sound that was the rage was Gqom then.
Mshoza met and later married Thuthukani Mvula in 2017 but it did not last long. She first said that her husband had allegedly been physically and emotionally abusive towards her. She stated that he had kicked her out of their home in KwaZulu-Natal’s Bergville region and that he had sent out hitmen.
Then there came a report through the Daily Sun about Mvula burning her clothes and posting the pictures online.
Mvula was also still married to another woman whose name was being reported as Duduzile Mvula. The previous marriage had ended but their divorce had not been finalised.
Mshoza reportedly once went into hiding and filed aggravated assault charges against her husband. He surrendered himself at the Phuthaditjhaba Police Station and was released on a cash bail of R5,000. The terms of his bail stated that he was not to have contact with Mshoza.
She would leave Mvula and go on to reportedly date police detective Tlhabe Mbhele and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca.
The subject of Mshoza body comes up since she started bleaching her skin in 2011. She says that she had pregnancy-induced hyperpigmentation, and Jacob Mnisi told her she was too dark after she gave birth to their second child.
She did undergo more cosmetic surgery procedures and said that her goal is to give Nicki Minaj a run for her money. She also estimates the worth of her body alone to be over half a million rand.
When it comes to the hate she has received for her choice to bleach and undergo cosmetic surgeries she once said the following:
In early 2020 there were rumours that she had married for a third time in a private ceremony where family and friends gathered to watch her tie the knot with Prince Dlamini.
Prince was said to be a businessman from the East Rand. The stories said that Mshoza and her husband live in East Rand’s Vonveld Park.
On the 19th of November 2020 we received news that Kwaito star Mshoza had passed away on Thursday morning due to complications from diabetes.
The 37-year-old musician first revealed that she was diabetic in 2014 when she was hospitalised after a health scare.
Her manager of 11 years Thanduxolo Jindela told Sowetan she was rushed to hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
“She had been living with diabetes for a long time and she was treating it,” Jindela said.
“We were obviously keeping it out of the media that she was hospitalised yesterday [Wednesday]. Remember, there is Mshoza that everyone loves and knows. Then there is Nomasonto and she didn’t like such things to be known.”
Mshoza is survived by her two children, Pride and Jacob Jnr, as well as two sisters.
Jindela confirmed that Mshoza was not married at the time of her death. She has been married twice, first to Jacob Mnisi in 2007 and then to Thuthukani Mvula in 2017.
Jindela also went on to talk about what kind of person Mshoza was outside of her kwaito persona. He said the following about Mshoza:
“As a mother she was very strict and overprotective. Sometimes I will say to her these kids just want to go swim. But she always insisted that she didn’t want to spoil her kids. Her approach to motherhood was very old school,” Jindela said.
“She was staying with her kids and they were with her until the end.”
“A side of Mshoza that people didn’t know is that she was always trying to teach us life lessons. Everything that she had she will share it with me and others. I used to say to her that her weakness is that she likes to share, even if it’s the last of her,” Jindela said.
“She liked to read too. Even when we [were] travelling, at the airport she was always reading a book and even at her house there was a room full of books.
“I would describe her as an introvert because so many times I would push her to do things and go out. She will say she only goes out if she’s working.
“She was more of a sister to me. I remember when her mother was sick I couldn’t handle it, but she was strong for everyone.
“We wanted to make money and be rich. She used to say to me, use my brand to get where you want to go. We fought a lot as friends because we are both stubborn – plus I’m older and she’s younger.”