Mandoza hails from Zola in Soweto. He began his career with one of the biggest kwaito groups to come out of the 90s, Chiskop which released five albums. His solo career kicked off in 1999 with the launch of his album, 9 II 5. The biggest hit single of the album was Uzoythola Kanjani created to inspire the youth of South Africa to get off the street corners and do something with their lives.
In the year 2000, the kwaito kingpin was at it again with the release of his hit album Nkalakatha which went over platinum status and won numerous awards. Soon after the release of this album, Mandoza became the first black South African artist to have a crossover hit with the title track Nkalakatha.
He was also the first ambassador for the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert thereafter was invited to countries such as Germany, Egypt, Belgium, Australia, London, Uganda and Namibia – performing for thousands of fans.
He has won many awards including, Best Kwaito Music Album and Song of the Year at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) in 2001. At the Metro FM Music Awards in 2001, the talented kwaito star walked away with five awards. He also took home the Best Artist – Southern Africa category at the 2001 Kora All Africa Music Awards. To date Mandoza has released more than nine albums including: Godoba, Tornado, Phunyuka Bamphethe and Same Difference with Danny K
- Best Male Artist & Composer / Co-composer