Gigi Lamayne pays tribute to her mentor Mshoza. A dark cloud looms over Mzansi as she mourns her very own, Nomasonto Maswanganyi known to many as Mshoza has died she was 37 years old her management team released a statement confirming her untimely death.
She was loved by many specially for what she stood for “the empowering of women by women” one of her prodigy Gigi Lamayne took the time to appreciate her mentor and close friend. Her untimely death has left her in pain but she finds comfort in the Knowledge and the pearls of wisdom the late gave her .
The young rapper explained how it can be difficult being in an industry dominated by males but deeply expressed how important Mshoza was in helping her make it siting that she valued other women and found great joy and pleasure in supporting them. Mshoza was one of the first female pioneers to venture into kwaito and hip hop making her legend as she is likened to the likes of Brenda Fassie and Lebo Mathosa.
“She was somebody I would confide in a lot, obviously when I came into the scene and she played a huge part In who I am musically. I think she was one of the real pioneers of women in kwaito and hip-hop who were doing something very unapologetically such as to put women on … to give women a voice”
Gigi started to reminisce about old times how Mshoza supported her last year at her concert.
“She came to the Gigi Gang Show, she came out and spoke about passing the baton to young girls like myself and how important it was for women to support each other … it has always been her stance everywhere she moved.
“I really hope that people will remember her and her relentless spirit as she was Mshoza Boza, which means she’s the boss lady. There was a song Boza I actually did with Kwetsa because we were actually paying tribute to her and what she stood for.”
She also said she always saw her as a god mother and meeting he was one of the best things to happen to her.
“If you got the cool sign from Mshoza that means you were doing something right and I’m lucky I was able to experience her and feel her energy.
“She was unapologetic, she lived her life to the fullest and I think everyone was shocked that she was 37 because she could still match with her life … she had so many good things in her life.
“She was young, yes, but she did it all so passionately. Win awards, lose awards, Mshoza was still a Boza … that’s just how she was. I’m so glad people are mentioning her with the likes of Brenda Fassie and Lebo Mathosa … clearly people acknowledge that she was gifted and was a pioneer.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.