Tributes pour in for Kwaito star Lebo Mathosa

“Lebo was born and lived to be the chosen one as the epitome of what has come to be known as the ‘kwaito generation.’ A self-styled ‘Drama Queen’,” said Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan.

Jordan said few would dispute that she was the outstanding vocal leader of her generation.

“We will always remember her as a highly gifted, young African ‘Drama Queen’ who used her life, talent and career to promote pride, respect and appreciation for African music, dance, fashion, heritage, art and culture,” said Jordan.

Ekurhuleni metro police said it appeared that Mathosa’s driver lost control of the Toyota Prado they were travelling in on the N3 highway on the East Rand.

The vehicle overturned and hit a tree around 12.30am near the Heidelberg Road off-ramp. Mathosa died at the scene, said metro police spokesman Kobeli Mokheseng.

ANC Youth League spokesman Zizi Kodwa said Mathosa had a special relationship with the ANC Youth League.

“The ANC Youth League has learnt with shock and sadness the news about the untimely death of the musical diva Lebo Mathosa,” said Kodwa.

Kodwa said Mathosa would be remembered as an icon, an entertainer, and part of a generation that revolutionised the music industry.

“May her soul rest in peace,” Kodwa said.

The IFP Youth Brigade also passed condolences to the Mathosa family.

“Lebo was a marvellous singer. We love her work and gained inspiration from her creativity and her ability to reinvent herself musically over and over again,” said deputy chairperson Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi.

Lebenya-Ntanzi said she hoped Mathosa’s family would gain comfort as she would live on forever in minds and hearts.

“She is a shining star who will keep shining through all time,” said Lebenya-Ntanzi. ‘ Sapa.

October 2006
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