Kwaito icon Nomasonto ‘Mshoza’ Maswanganyi has died at the age of 37.
The hitmaker’s passing was confirmed by the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) in a tweet that has since triggered waves of shock and grief through South Ah.
“Yet another loss to the music industry. It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of kwaito star Nomasonto Maswanganyi, affectionately known as Mshoza.”
Fans and industry peers have begun expressing their shock and pain over the loss of one of the first female artists to crack open the traditionally male-dominated Kwaito space.
In the early 2000s, Mshoza became an unstoppable force after unleashing ‘Kortes’, the timeless classic that still carries every inch of the nostalgia that keeps us going.
She is also one of a handful of Kwaito singers who achieved remarkable commercial success during the heyday of the sound and genre, who has continued to maintain her place in the headlines and the spotlight.
Condolences are pouring in, and updates on details of her passing and burial are yet to be availed.
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