The ‘Godmother’ of Kwaito is gone

Sizwe Sibiya

The news of the passing of Kwaito star, Nomasonto “Mshoza” Maswanganyi on Thursday morning has left South African fans in shock.

Nkayise “Sister Tshwebhu” Modlana-Mbatha, a Kwaito artist from Alexandra, Johannesburg, said Mshoza was like a sister to her. She has known her since 2006.

“Nomasonto, she’s been a close friend of mine. She was a colleague, but at the same time we used to call and open up with each other,” she told Scrolla.Africa.

“We met through a mutual friend in Kalawa Jazmee Studios. Ever since then we just jammed because we were the only girls in Kwaito,” said Nkiyase.

She said she shared many memories with the Kortes hitmaker. 

“We joked about how they call me ‘uMama weKwaito’. Nomasonto had said she would not carry on being the Mother of Kwaito. She said she would be the Godmother.’” 


Though the cause of her death has not been made public Nkiyase said the last time she spoke to Mshoza she said she was not well. It is well-known that she was battling diabetes.

“She had called and to give me her new numbers because we had plans to make a song, but Covid-19 postponed it. She told me she was not okay. When I asked what’s wrong, she said she would tell me later. That was in April,” said Nkiyase adding that the 37-year-old loved her family, especially her two children.

Mshoza’s last hit was Ayina Chorus, released in August 2018.

Parliament sent a message of condolences to the family.

Video source: @Connection01

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