Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) on the passing of Nomasonto “Mshoza” Maswanganyi (Kortes)

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19 Nov 2020

The Department has learned with great sadness and sorrow that Nomasonto “Mshoza” Maswanganyi is no more. Her death was confirmed by her manager Thandoxulo Jindela and reported that, she passed away in the early hours of the morning, 19 November 2020 after a long illness. She had been receiving treatment at a hospital in Gauteng prior to her untimely passing.

“Mshoza” was one of the country’s most exceptional artists. She will be reminisced as one of the major prominent musician of her generation. The nation watched as her star shined brighter and as she rose to greater heights, thus making the news of her passing even more overwhelming.

Nomasonto has been singing since her childhood, where she began singing at the age of 10. She played a lead role when her school put on a performance on Sarafina. Between 1995 and 1996, she also joined a choir and became its lead singer. She danced for Chiskop between 1998 and 1999.

Nomasonto “Mshoza” Maswanganyi will be remembered for amongst other things, for the smash hit KORTES” during the year 2000 and her debut album BULLDAWGZ FIRST LADY”, which became an iconic record in the country. Nomasonto leaves behind her two children.

The Department extends condolences to the sector, family, friends, and supporters of Nomasonto “Mshoza” Maswanganyi.

May her soul rest in eternal peace.

For Media enquiries: Ms. Zimasa Velaphi, Head of Communications and Marketing, Cell: 072 172 8925 / Email,


Issued by the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture