In Pictures | Family and friends celebrate Mshoza’s life at memorial service

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Mshoza's memorial service. Picture: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
Mshoza's memorial service. Picture: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape

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Friends and colleagues of the late Nomasonto Maswanganyi, also known as Mshoza, celebrated her life on Wednesday by sharing fond memories of the Kwaito star at her memorial service.

Mshoza died last week at the age of 37.

At the time, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation confirmed her passing by saying that the music industry had suffered “yet another loss”.

Mshoza’s longtime manager, Thanduxolo Jindela, also released a statement confirming the news.

Her memorial service was held at Bassline in Newtown, where musician and friend Mzambiya, whose real name is Nkosinathi Zwane, said Mshoza always had a smile on her face.

“She was always happy. I’ve never seen Mshoza grumpy. Believe it or not, I knew her for a very long time. Even when people were trying to drag her name down, she was always bubbly.”

The Kwaito star rose to fame with her smash hit Kortes in the early 2000s from her debut album Bulldawgz First Lady.

Mshoza leaves behind her two children, Pride and Jacob Junior.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 25: Themba N
Themba Nofemele during the memorial service of Mshoza on November 25 2020 n Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 25:  Amstel
Amstel Maboa described his late friend as a hustler, “she worked hard for her money and was a true workaholic”. Picture: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 25: Nkiyase
Nkiyase Modlana-Mbatha described the Kwaito queen as a sister to her. They have known each other since 2006, she said. Picture: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 25: Thanduxo
Thanduxolo Jindela, the longtime manager and close friend of Mshoza paid tribute to the woman he knew and worked with so closely. Picture: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 25: Oscar Ml
Oscar Mlangeni from Bulldog Entertainment knew Mshoza as a teenager. Mlangeni described how he helped Mshoza succeed in the Kwaito industry that has been populated by men. Picture: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 25: MshozaÃ?
Mshoza’s family during her memorial service. Mshoza died of complications from diabetes. Picture: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape

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