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Mshoza has bagged her first award nom­i­na­tion af­ter 18 years in the kwaito mu­sic in­dus­try.

The smash hit Abantu Bam’, re­leased by the singer, whose real name is No­ma­sonto Maswan­ganyi, has been nom­i­nated for Best Kwaito Sin­gle as part of the 16th Metro FM Mu­sic Awards.

Even though the for­mer queen of kwaito’s pop­u­lar song Kortes was a hit more than a decade ago, it did not win any awards. This is a big thing for her. “This is the best thing that has hap­pened to me this year,” she grinned.

“It is my first nom­i­na­tion af­ter 18 years of be­ing in the mu­sic in­dus­try, so I am very grate­ful for this. It means a lot to me. The Metro FM Mu­sic Awards are big, and just to be nom­i­nated ... it shows that peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate your mu­sic.”

Mshoza said that, if she wins, she would not only make her fans proud, but her fam­ily and her mother, who has been ill for a while. Her lobola ne­go­ti­a­tions have had to be put on hold be­cause of her mother’s ill­ness.

Mshoza said it felt won­der­ful to have been the only woman nom­i­nated among big male names: L’vovo, Sosha, Vetkuk and Ma­hoota. She said Abantu Bam’ was ded­i­cated to the fans who sup­ported her mu­sic from day one.

“My fans have al­ways been there – through thick and thin. In­stead of judg­ing me, they are al­ways en­cour­ag­ing me never to lose hope,” she said.

“In this song, I’m just thank­ing them for their sup­port through all my ups and downs in my mu­si­cal jour­ney.”

Asked why she took 11 years to re­lease an al­bum, she said: “I have been around, it’s just that I have been quiet when it comes to mu­sic. I’ve been busy fo­cus­ing on my other busi­nesses, but now I am back on the mu­sic side to do what I do best. I have a good team that sup­ports me, and I am grate­ful for that.”

Mshoza also de­nied she was preg­nant af­ter Move! magazine re­ported she was ex­pect­ing her first child with boyfriend Thuthukani Mvula.

“My main fo­cus now is on my daugh­ter Pride (8) and son Ja­cob Ju­nior (6). They are my big­gest in­spi­ra­tion,” she said.

“They keep me go­ing and I’m work­ing twice as hard so that they can have a great fu­ture.”

She said peo­ple should watch out for her al­bum in May.

“I’m so ex­cited about this al­bum; it is go­ing to be the best al­bum and I’m happy that it is go­ing to be re­leased un­der my record la­bel, Fresh Money Fam­ily,” she said.

STILL GOT IT Mshoza is over the moon af­ter her nom­i­na­tion for a Metro FM Mu­sic Award

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