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Mshoza Yi Bhoza, dead at 37: A reflective glance at the artist's legacy

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(Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Busisiwe Mbatha)
(Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Busisiwe Mbatha)

Prologue: Writing Nomasonto into history

Yesterday, on 19 November 2020, it was reported that Nomasonto ‘Mshoza’ Maswanganyi had passed away at 37 years old. In the report her manager, Thanduxolo Jindela, confirmed that Mshoza died after being hospitalised due to a complication with diabetes. Mshoza is an artist who finds herself at a special disadvantage in a tradition of already inconsistently documented black South African music history. It is for this reason that I wanted so badly to profile her on mine and Sihle Mthembu’s Born to Kwaito.

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