Recognised after 18 years

Nomasonto “Mshoza” Maswanganyi is excited about her first nomination  PHOTO: supplied
Nomasonto “Mshoza” Maswanganyi is excited about her first nomination PHOTO: supplied

Mshoza has bagged her first award nomination after 18 years in the kwaito music industry.

The smash hit Abantu Bam’, released by the singer, whose real name is Nomasonto Maswanganyi, has been nominated for Best Kwaito Single as part of the 16th Metro FM Music Awards.

Even though the former queen of kwaito’s popular song Kortes was a hit more than a decade ago, it did not win any awards.

This is a big thing for her.

“This is the best thing that has happened to me this year,” she grinned.

“It is my first nomination after 18 years of being in the music industry, so I am very grateful for this. It means a lot to me. The Metro FM Music Awards are big, and just to be nominated ... it shows that people appreciate your music.”

Mshoza said that, if she wins, she would not only make her fans proud, but her family and her mother, who has been ill for a while. Her lobola negotiations have had to be put on hold because of her mother’s illness.

Mshoza said it felt wonderful to have been the only woman nominated among big male names: L’vovo, Sosha, Vetkuk and Mahoota. She said Abantu Bam’ was dedicated to the fans who supported her music from
day one.

“My fans have always been there – through thick and thin. Instead of judging me, they are always encouraging me never to lose hope,” she said.

“In this song, I’m just thanking them for their support through all my ups and downs in my musical journey.”

Asked why she took 11 years to release an album, she said: “I have been around, it’s just that I have been quiet when it comes to music. I’ve been busy focusing on my other businesses, but now I am back on the music side to do what I do best. I have a good team that supports me, and I am grateful for that.”

Mshoza also denied she was pregnant after Move! magazine reported she was expecting her first child with boyfriend Thuthukani Mvula.

“My main focus now is on my daughter Pride (8) and son Jacob Junior (6). They are my biggest inspiration,” she said.

“They keep me going and I’m working twice as hard so that they can have a great future.”

She said people should watch out for her album in May.

“I’m so excited about this album; it is going to be the best album and I’m happy that it is going to be released under my record label, Fresh Money Family,” she said.

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