A Befitting Way To Immortalize Such A Rare Gem


It’s almost a decade since the world lost a rare gem. Talking about kwaito singer Lebo Mathosa who died in a car crash in 2006.

Surely one of Africa’s sexiest who often featured on magazine covers, Mathosa’s first public attention was made as a short-skirted teen member of the successful group Boom Shaka in the mid 90s.

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To mark the ten years anniversary of her death, her family intends to establish a foundation in her memory.

Showbizafrica is collaborating with the Mathosa family to institute the Lebo Mathosa Foundation.

Mathosa’s 58-year-old father Solly said the family members were overjoyed to see the long-awaited foundation launched.

“As part of the launch we want to remix Lebo’s music catalogue and release it again. Her younger brother, who is currently a hip-hop DJ, is the first person to be mentored by the foundation. He also wants to remix the songs.”

The launching of the foundation will officially kick off on July 28 at Hard Rock Cafe on Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton.

Mathosa’s childhood friend and founder of Showbizafrica, Thulani Mbatha spoke on the idea behind the foundation. The foundation will focus on guiding the youths through the right path to success.

“The activities will include workshops and forums to drive career expos, and mentorship programmes from Grade 10 to Grade 12 pupils who are looking at career options.”

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The idea hit him when he wanted to transform his father’s house in Daveyton, where Mathosa also comes from,into a creative studio. His aim was to empower up-and-coming youths seeking a successful career in music, media and advertising.

Mbatha said the beneficiaries will be absorbed into his company Showbizafrica.

The Lebo Mathosa Foundation will be situated at the Centre of Creativity in Daveyton.