SNAPS | Inside the touching celebration of Mshoza's life at memorial

25 November 2020 - 16:00
The memorial service of Nomasonto Maswanganyi, popularly known as Mshoza, on November 25, 2020 in Johannesburg.
The memorial service of Nomasonto Maswanganyi, popularly known as Mshoza, on November 25, 2020 in Johannesburg.
Image: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape

Close friends and family gathered at Bassline on Wednesday to celebrate the life of the late kwaito artist Nomasonto “Mshoza” Maswanganyi and those who tuned in virtually joined in to hear heartfelt stories about the life and times of the Kortes hitmaker.

Mshoza died on Thursday at the age of 37, leaving behind her two children and two siblings.

Keeping to the numbers specified by the Covid-19 regulations, Mshoza's closest friends, industry mates and her family showed up to celebrate her life, while her fans attended virtually.

Friends spoke fondly and candidly about the larger than life personality of the late child star.

Oscar Mlangeni spoke about how he and his ex partner Nimrod Nkosi helped nurture Mshoza’s talent and how they were protective of her as a child star. He added that Mshoza made it easy because she was respectful, but simultaneously made it hard because she was a tomboy who insisted on acting like a boy at most times.

Another person who played a role in Mshoza's career, Mzura, thanked the star's family for sharing her with the country.

“Mshoza started my record label with me as my first artist,” Mzura said, before he spoke about their rollercoaster working relationship.

Mzura also thanked DJ Fresh, saying he was the only one who gave them a chance and played their song Hlaba Lingene on radio, the hit that served as Mshoza's comeback at the time.

He says Mshoza made it in a male-dominated industry because she saw herself as a god. She was intelligent and streetwise, even more than most guys, he said.

“Sonto called herself the goddess of Kwaito ... that’s what she believed” said Slova.

Here are the pictures from the sombre event below:

Family of Mshoza arrive at Bassline for her memorial service.
Family of Mshoza arrive at Bassline for her memorial service.
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Mshoza's family members, including her two children, sit on a couch at the memorial service.
Mshoza's family members, including her two children, sit on a couch at the memorial service.
Image: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
Mshoza's manager Thanduxolo Jindela.
Mshoza's manager Thanduxolo Jindela.
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Khanyi Mbau and Amstel Maboa during the memorial service for Nomasonto Maswanganyi, popularly known as Mshoza, on November 25, 2020 in Johannesburg.
Khanyi Mbau and Amstel Maboa during the memorial service for Nomasonto Maswanganyi, popularly known as Mshoza, on November 25, 2020 in Johannesburg.
Image: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
Nkiyase from Alex FM was the MC at Mshoza's memorial service.
Nkiyase from Alex FM was the MC at Mshoza's memorial service.
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Oscar Mlangeni during the memorial service for Mshoza.
Oscar Mlangeni during the memorial service for Mshoza.
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Themba Nofemele at the memorial service for Mshoza on November 25, 2020 in Johannesburg.
Themba Nofemele at the memorial service for Mshoza on November 25, 2020 in Johannesburg.
Image: Gallo/Oupa Bopape
A picture of Mshoza alongside a flower arrangement for the star at her memorial service at Bassline in Johannesburg on November 25, 2020.
A picture of Mshoza alongside a flower arrangement for the star at her memorial service at Bassline in Johannesburg on November 25, 2020.
Image: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
Setting up the stage at the memorial service for kwaito star Nomasonto Maswanganyi, popularly known as Mshoza, on November 25, 2020.
Setting up the stage at the memorial service for kwaito star Nomasonto Maswanganyi, popularly known as Mshoza, on November 25, 2020.
Image: Gallo Images/ Oupa Bopape

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