- Title: SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa pop star Mathosa killed in car crash
- Date: 27th October 2006
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEBO MATHOSA, DECEASED MUSICIAN, SAYING: "My future is looking bright. People are loving my music and they are listening to my music not only the music but the lyrics, what I have to offer, what I have to say, and I touch people's souls and I make them happy, I make them dance."
- Embargoed: 11th November 2006 12:00
- Location: South Africa
- Country: South Africa
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
- Reuters ID: LVA5RJOUS7FBPI4RBBG5ZUN9JE5H
- Story Text: South African pop singer Lebo Mathosa, a leading star of the country's home-grown "kwaito" style of hip-hop music, was killed in a car crash on Monday (October 23), her manager said.
Mathosa, 29, died when her driver apparently lost control of their vehicle on a highway near Johannesburg.
Mathosa rose to fame in 1994 as a singer and dancer for the award-winning group Boom Shaka and went solo in 2000. In 2004 her album "Drama Queen" topped local charts and she was a featured performer in the 2005 launch of MTV's Africa music channel, MTV Base.
Tributes poured in from shocked fans as news spread of Mathosa's death.
"It was very sad news, she's a beautiful girl, she's got a beautiful voice, and it was just really heart sore, to see such a beautiful girl just passing away."
"Firstly, when I heard of her passing, I just could not believe it, it was like she is part of my family, I guess...because I connected a lot with her music. I think she was a wonderful musician, and I think she had all other things to archive," said some of her many fans.
Mathosa, known for her dyed blonde hair and electrifying stage shows, was nominated for a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award in 2006 and also appeared in several South African television soap operas.
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