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Mandoza whose real name is Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala was born on 17th January 1978 in the Zola South section of Soweto and died on 18th September 2016. He is a South African kwaito musician.
Mandoza was born in the Zola South section of Soweto, where he shared a house with his mother, his grandparents and two sisters. Growing up in the streets of Zola, Mandoza was drawn to crime at an early age. When he was 16 years old he was sent to Diepkloof prison for a year and a half, after stealing a car.
That became a wake-up call for the young Mandoza. Soon after his release from prison, Mandoza formed the group Chiskopalong with three childhood friends, S’bu, Siphiwe and Sizwe who he knew from gymnastics.
The group signed its first record contract eight years after its formation and released their debut album, Akusheshi, later followed by Relax.
Although Chiskop achieved some success, Mandoza launched his solo career. In 1999 he released the top-selling album 9II5 Zola South, for which he gained a 2000 FNB South African Music Awards Best Newcomer nomination.
He released the album Nkalakatha in 2000, which won multi-platinum status. The title track became a crossover hit and reached the top of the charts on both traditionally black and white radio stations.
This album won the Best Kwaito Music Album category and the album’s title track won the Song Of The Year category at the South African Music Awards in 2001.
Mandoza also won in five of the 10 categories at the 2001 Metro Music Awards: Best Kwaito Artist, Best Male Vocalist, Best Album, Best Styled Artist and Song Of The Year.
Finally, also in 2001, Mandoza won the Best Artist – Southern Africa category at the Kora All Africa Music Awards. In 2003, Mandoza participated in the documentary film SHARP! SHARP!- the kwaito story. Mandoza was voted 77th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004.
- 2001: South African Music Awards (SAMA) Song Of The Year for Nkalakatha
- 2001: South African Music Awards (SAMA) Best Kwaito Album
- 2001: Metro Fm Music Awards Best Kwaito Artist
- 2001: Metro Fm Music Awards Best Male Vocalist
- 2001: Metro Fm Music Awards Best Album
- 2001: Metro Fm Music Awards Best Styled Artist
- 2001: Metro Fm Music Awards Song of the Year
- 2001: Kora All Africa Music Awards Best Artist – Southern Africa
- 2002: South African Music Awards (SAMA) Best Music Video For Godoba
- 2002: South African Music Awards (SAMA) Song Of The Year For Godoba
- 2006: Channel O Musical Video Awards – Best Collaboration Video (“Music“) (with Danny K) 
- 2012: Namibian Annual Music Awards, (NAMAS) Best Music Video With Ees
- 2012: Channel O Musical Video Awards Best Kwaito Award For Ayoba With Ees
Mandoza Wife – Mandoza Children
His wife was Mpho Mputhi Tshabalala and they had four children.
He died on 18th September 2016, acording to his family, he was being treated for pharyngeal cancer prior to his death and had lost his eyesight. He died in the car just before arriving at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
- 1999: 9115 Zola South
- 2000: Nkalakatha
- 2000: It’s All Right (with Tokollo and Kabelo)
- 2002: Tornado
- 2003: Mandoza
- 2004: Same Difference (with Danny K)
- 2005: Phunyuka Bamphet
- 2006: Ngalabesi
- 2007: Champion
- 2008: Ingwenya
- 2010: Real Deal
- 2011: So Fresh
- 2013: Sgantsontso
Mandoza Songs List
- Uzoyithola Kanjani
- Phunyuka Bamphethe
- Tsotsi Yase Zola
- Respect Life
- Sikhathi Sewashi
- Tornado – part 1
- Angikhohlwa Langiphuma Khona
- Nkalakatha Rebirth
- Ung Geze
- Khanda Shisa
- Tornado – part 2
- I’m Sorry
- Izinto Ozenzayo
- Flame of Life
- Myeke Baba
- Life E’Ruff