Remembering iconic Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa 14 years after her death

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Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa  lost her life in a tragic car accident.
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.
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It's been 14 years since the day that changed the South African music landscape.

The day the much celebrated kwaito star Lebo Mathose died in a tragic car accident. 

She passed away in 2006 at the age of 29, leaving behind an unforgettable legacy.

Lebo started her career as a member of Kwaito group Boom Shaka in 1993 after catching the eye of music producer Don at a Johannesburg night club.

Boom Shaka members were Junior Sokhela, Lebo Mathosa, Theo Nhlengethwa and Thembi Seete. 

Lebo was one of their brightest stars and she soon began to stand out with her bubbly personality and outgoing nature.

Boom Shaka released their first album, About Time, in 1994 and it was a runaway success.

After three successful albums as a band, Lebo pursued a solo career.

Lebo Mathosa
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.
Lebo Mathosa
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.
Lebo Mathosa
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.
Lebo Mathosa
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.
Lebo Mathosa
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.
Lebo Mathosa
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.
Lebo Mathosa
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.
Lebo Mathosa
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.
Lebo Mathosa
Its been 14 years since Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa lost her life in a tragic car accident.

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Lebo is remembered for her music, her signature dyed blond hair, sexy outfits, and provocative singing style that has graced many stages all around the world from Southern Africa, Malaysia and London.

She was also one of the performers at former SA president Nelson Mandela’s 85th Birthday.

Her first album won three South African Music Awards; Best Dance Album for Dream, Best Dance Single for her debut single Ntozabantu, and Best Female Vocalist.

Her second album Drama Queen won the SA Music Award for Best Dance Album.

In 2006 she was nominated for a British MOBO award for the Best African Act category.

In 2019 BET Africa released a biopic documentary series about her life titled Dream: The Lebo Mathosa Story, which starred the likes of KB Motsilanyane as Lebo, Connie Chume playing Ma Mathosa, veteran actor Peter Sephuma as Pa Mathosa, Sello Maake Ka Ncube as the family pastor, award winning actress Charmaine Mtinta and choreographer Khabonina Qubeka. 

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She was also known for always standing up for her rights.

After long battles and fights with her record label Lebo negotiated and secured full publishing rights and ownership for her work.

Her friends and fans still miss her as she's often talked about on social media. 


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