Mawhoo is a 28-year-old singer and model born on December 16th, 1994 as Nontobeko Thandeka Ngema. Her claim to fame is her debut single ‘Umshado’ released in 2019.
Following her passion for music, Mawhoo left teaching to launch a professional music career. She got signed to Mabala Noise and released her single ‘Umshado’ under the record label. She subsequently dropped other tracks and has collaborated with many top artists, including DJ Maphorisa and Master KG. In addition to music, Mawhoo has had short stints in acting, modeling, and entrepreneurship.
How Old Is Mawhoo?
Mawhoo is 28 years old as of 2023. In Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, she was born on December 16th, 1994. She grew up in her birthplace and details about her parents and siblings are unavailable. She is multi-lingual and speaks five South African languages: Zulu, Swati, Ndebele, Sotho, Xhosa, and English.
What Is Mawhoo’s Real Name?
Nontobeko Thandeka Ngema is Mawhoo’s real name. She unveiled her stage name in 2018 when she recorded a house music song. Through hard work and determination, she has made her name popular in the music scene and hopes to promote African culture through her music.
For her primary education, Mawhoo attended Queen Nandi Primary School where she recognized her talent for singing and modeling. She completed 8th and 9th grade at Bhekeshowe High School. She then moved to Kwasanti Public School in Durban, South Africa, where she did commercial studies and also matriculated.
After Matric, Thandeka started selling designer clothes, traveling to China and Turkey to buy goods. From the business, she saved money to pursue her tertiary education and enrolled at the University of South Africa for a Bachelor in Education. However, she only managed to pay her first-year school fees. Thankfully, NSFAS came to her aid and paid for her studies.
Mawhoo’s Early Career in Modeling and Acting
In 2014, Mawhoo signed with Model Dynamis Agency and left the same year. Subsequently, she worked with Okmalumkoolkat and was featured in the 2017 short movie titled, Amalobolo. A few months later, she was approached by Stilo Magolide and appeared as a video vixen in a video titled A Minute.
Signed to Tranquil Models, Nontebeko Thandeka Ngema has modeled for a couple of prestigious brands. They include House of Supreme, Convoy Clothing SA, and Tribe Afrique.
Mawhoo Released Her Debut Single in 2019
At the age of 11, Mawhoo took her record to a radio station in her birthplace but was rejected due to her age. Eventually, in 2018, she got signed to Mabala Noise and then worked with Heavy K to release her first song, ‘Umshado’ in 2019. The song, which translates to wedding or marriage in isiZulu, was a commercial success and has garnered more than one million views on YouTube.
The 28-year-old further collaborated with DJ Maphorisa, Vigro Deep, and Tsisto on an Amapiano track titled ‘Money’. She was also featured in two tracks in the Scorpion Kings’ album, ‘Once Upon a Time in Lockdown’. Additionally, in 2022, she released an Extended Play titled ‘What A Time To Be Alive’. She further dropped a single, ‘Nduma Ndumane’ featuring Kabza De Small, Da Muziqal Chef, and DJ Maphorisa in April 2023.
Five months later, Mawhoo released her long-awaited debut album The Chosen and it features songs like ‘Ngoneni’, ‘Ngilimele’, and ‘Imikhokha’. As an independent artist, the KwaZulu-Natal native has been grateful to Mzansi for the support she has received thus far in her career.
List of Mawhoo’s Songs
- Umshado feat. Heavy-K
- Sibane Sezwe feat. Major League DJz
- Bonke feat. Busta 929
- Thokoza with Sam Deep
- Ngiyamthanda feat. Master KG
- Busa feat. Knowley-D
- Bali feat. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small
- Indoda feat. Shaunmusiq
- Ingonyama feat. Sfarzo Rtee
- Nduma Ndumane feat. DJ Maphorisa, Da Muziqal Chef, & Kabza De Small
- Asishade feat DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small
- Mama feat. Bongo Beats
- Spanish feat. Shaunmusiq
- Ibhinca Ukuba Yibhinca
Mawhoo and Hlubi Nkosi’s Alleged Affair
In June 2023, it was rumored that Mawhoo was dating Londie London‘s ex-fiancé and baby daddy, Hlubi Nkosi. The rumor was sparked after some Twitter users discovered that the businessman and the amapiano singer appeared to be in the same airplane traveling outside South Africa after they shared pictures that seemed to have similar plane seats with the same passenger behind, though they didn’t appear together in the photo.
The two denied the rumor at the time. However, they hinted that they dated in subliminal posts they shared on IG in August 2023, which showed that they had gone their separate ways. While Mawhoo posted a video of herself singing along to Beyoncé’s song, ‘Irreplaceable’, Nkosi shared a story about people thinking they could replace someone, but might never meet them twice.