STYLE ICON: Lebo Mathosa
Today would’ve been Lebo Mathosa’s 36th birthday.
The former Boom Shaka member and highly successful solo artist, who began her professional music career at the age of 15 and was able to forge her way through an industry dominated by men, passed away in 2006 at the age of 29 after her driver lost control of the vehicle they were in.
After leaving her kwaito group Boom Shaka in 1999, starting out as a member of the four-piece in 1994, she went solo and her debut album Dream achieved gold status after only four weeks. At the 2001 South African Music Awards (SAMAs) Mathosa went home with the Best Dance Album award for Dream, Best Female Vocalist award, and Best Dance Single award for her first release, Intro, off of the same album.
She was also nominated for a British MOBO Award in 2006.
Known for her signature dyed hair, charming and outspoken attitude, Mathosa was openly bisexual - all characteristics that often saw her being compared to the late Brenda Fassie.
RIP Lebo Mathosa, you are missed!