Lebo Mathosa was a renowned singer in South Africa and the most successful when it came to her favourite genre of Kwaito. If there was one thing that Lebo made sure she did when she was still alive, it was sticking to her signature when it came to the entertainment world. Her unique blonde hair, as well as her mind-blowing stage performances, were epic.
Her music career kick-started when she was noticed by music producer Don Laka while at a club in Johannesburg. The singer was open about her bisexual status and was often compared to the iconic singer, Brenda Fassie, who passed away in 2004.
- Full name: Lebo Mathosa
- Year of birth: 16th July 1977
- Age at the time of death: 29 years old
- Profession: Musician
Lebo Mathosa biography
She was born on 16th July 1977 at the heart of Daveyton in South Africa. Lebo Mathosa adoption happened when she was a baby. Her biological mother, Judy Peter, became pregnant while still in school and was forced to give her up. Lebo Mathosa parents were Nomvula Magdeline and Madimetsha Gerriet Mathosa. During her early years, she sang in her church choir though she had bigger dreams of rising to fame through her talent. She attended St. Mary’s High School. At the age of 14 years, she went to reside with the renowned Brenda Fassie, who was her role model during her early years.
In 1994, the singer joined forces with then aspiring rappers and musicians Theo Nhlengethwa, Junior Sokhela, and Thembi Seete to form Boom Shaka. The group’s signature was kwaito sound, which blended with hip-hop, traditional music, and house.
The late musician was an epitome of beauty and brain, and in 1996, she managed to gain copyright control of their publishing interests. The group’s last release was in 1998, after which she went solo and released a solo debut, Dream. She won three awards, namely best female vocalist, best dance single, and best album. She was lucky enough to have toured the world. Some of her other achievements include:
- Graced Nelson Mandela’s 85th birthday
- Attended the Kora Awards
- Participated at the North Sea Jazz Festival
- Performed on the series Generations & Muvhango
- Nominated for Best African Act category at Britain’s annual Mobo awards
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Lebo Mathosa songs
In 2004, she released an album titled “Drama Queen,” which saw her launching into greater heights in her career. Here is a list of her songs:
- Ngi Fun'ukugana
- It's About Time - Boom Shaka
- Lebo Mathosa I Love Music
- Au Dede
- Ma Africa
- Bran New Day
- Siya Zala Kanjani
- Ae Ye Teng
- Tease Me
- Shake Ur Booty
- Dangerous, Featuring: Jazz
- Oh Jehova
- Sweet Love
- Take Me There
- Nothing Can Stop The Feeling
- Flame Of Life (Feat Lebo)
- Feel The Heat
- Yadlala Ngam' Indoda
- My Love
- Base Ntabeni Ogogo
- Dance To The Music
- Band New Day
- Should Have Been Me
- First Time Lalalala
- Ngiyakhutanda Featuring: Shana
- Awo Dede (Dangerous)
- Do Right
- Awu Dede
- Fall In Love With Me
- Don't Need No Reason - Radio Mix
- Don't Need No Reason - (Original Mix)
- How Can I? (Feat. Sam Dana)
- Spiritual Freedom
- Love Me, Baby
- Make Way
Lebo Mathosa death
Lebo Mathosa death accident claimed her life and brought to an end a career that was set to blossom. She has just started making a name for herself internationally. Her death was confirmed by Lebo Mathosa manager, Ms. Linzy Cowley, who stated that the musician was in a car that lost control and veered off the road and crashed. There are no Lebo Mathosa funeral pictures available in the public domain.
Lebo Mathosa net worth
After her death, her biological mother contested her will as the musician had not left behind any will. Judy Peter contested in a court of law for her daughter’s will, which was about R1m, as stated by the intestate legislation. She claimed that her daughter’s adoption was not legal. However, Mathosa retaliated and said that the adoption was according to customary laws. Mathosa was forced to settle the case with Judy by paying her a total of R375,000.
Lebo Mathosa movie biopic The Dream: The Lebo Mathosa story premiered on BET on 23rd October 2019 during her anniversary. Lebo Mathosa biopic, which had six parts, featured great personalities such as Bahumi Madisakwane and actress and musician KB Motsilanyane.
What happened Lebo Mathosa?
She died as a result of a road accident on 24th October 2006, when her driver crashed into a tree in Johannesburg.
Is Lebo Mathosa still alive?
No, she passed away on 24th October 2006.
When was Lebo Mathosa born?
The iconic singer was born in 1977.
Lebo Mathosa did not live-out her full potential after a fatal car accident ended her life. Before her death, she lived her life to the fullest as she did what she loved most, singing and bringing a lot of happiness to her fans. Despite her absence, her music continues to live on, as she is remembered by her family, friends, and fans.