Moneoa Moshesh

Moneoa Moshesh- Sowezi is a South African soul singer, dancer and an actress who first rose to fame in 2012 with hit songs like Isibhanxa and Pretty Disaster, as well as a collaboration with Lebogang “Shugasmakx” Mothibe entitled Take it Easy.

Born Moneoa Moshesh
November 6, 1989
Mthatha
Eastern Cape
South Africa
Education Vega
UNISA
Occupation Musician
Actress
Genre Afro-Soul, R&B
Associated Acts Shugasmakx
Reason
Brian Temba
Culoe De Song
Kabomo
Cassper Nyovest
Since 2012 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Moneoa Moshesh- Sowezi  was born in Umthatha, in the Eastern Cape province of  South Africa.

Her family originally came from Lesotho and their surname is Moshoeshoe. The famous actress Nthati Moshesh is her aunt.

Moshesh’s grandmother left Lesotho to settle in Mthatha after her grandfather died. Her mother later moved to Durban.

Moneoa, was raised  by her single mother in a small flat in Berea, Durban.

One interview she had she said “My mother is half-Xhosa and Sotho. My father has Ethiopian roots.

I was born in the Eastern Cape, but grew up in Durban. I went to an English school, but misbehaved and was transferred to an Afrikaans school. My final year was in Midrand.

I went to Vega, dropped out and took a job at the Six Cocktail Lounge in Melville”.

Moneoa is a dancer by profession, but has followed her heart to singing, after her family and friends made her realize that her voice glides across chords as swiftly as her feet through a detailed choreography.

Growing up in a disadvantaged environment also made the singer work hard. She excelled at school, especially in debating, poetry and speech writing.

She used to enter a lot of dance competitions so that she could get money to help her mother. She also did modelling on the side while at school. Eventually, things got better when her my mother got a job in Johannesburg.

In the year 2012 she met Lebogang “Shugasmakx” Mothibe, of Skwatta Kamp fame through Khuli Chana.

In one interview she was quoted saying “I met Shugasmakx through Khuli Chana – he had the song, I just had to add the hook. He’s humble and funny and really knows how to have fun.”

A few months later she released her album, Coming from Going to, under Bula Music which made the first non-gospel artist it has signed in recent years.

The album was a summary of where Moneoa comes from, so in addition, there’s also a traditional jam (Molo), and uplifting songs about where she has been from. Coming from Going To.

Her debut album titled “Coming from Going to” and her storytelling lyrical style is jetted across all 14 tracks by producers like Vusi Ndlovu from Odeum Music; Beatmaker & Dan Joffe from King and I; Rawknait from RawkCity UK; Nick Holder / Da Capo from DNH Records and Binary Boys from Voodoo Collective

Her debut album Coming From, Going To goes from being jazzy, soulful, young and fresh and R&B, with hit tracks like Is’bhanxa, More Than You and Pretty Disaster, the album got her 3 Metro FM awards nominations in 2013 for Best Female, Best Afro Soul and Best Newcomer.

And World Music Award nomination for Best Song for “More than You“. She was nominated with acts such as Miley Cyrus in that category

In the year 2014 she released her second offering, Ndim Lo and in 2015 she released  Ndim Lo (Super Deluxe).

 

Discography

Year Album Label Notes
2012 Coming from going to Bula Music Debut Studio Album
2014 Ndim Lo Bula Music Second  Album
2015 Ndim Lo (Super Deluxe) Bula Music (Gallo Record) Third album

 

Moneoa has opened for international acts such as Kenny Lattimore and Anthony Hamilton and has shared stages and headlined shows with the likes of Thandiswa Mazwai, Lira, Zahara, Mafikizolo, The Soil, Berita, Dj Sbu, Ringo, Rebecca Malope, Zonke, Prokid, AKA, Proverb, Reason and many more.

Moneoa BrianShe has done songs and featured on the albums of household names such as Lulo Cafe, Culoe De Song, Dj Kent, Dj Tira, Revolution, Dj Cndo, Kabomo, Reason, Cassper Nyovest and many more.

Moneoa collaborated with Brian Temba on the track, The Clock on Coke studio.

2015 Metro FM Awards Nominee for Best Female Album, Best R&B Album, SAMA Nominee for Best R&B Soul, Album Best Female Album and 2013 Channel O Award Nominee for Most Gifted New Comer.

She was a choirmaster on the second season of Clash Of The Choirs SA, and Moneoa is the youngest artist to join Clash Of The Choirs SA as a choirmaster and made it to the top three.

 

Television

In January 2015 Moneoa Moshesh joined the e.tv soapie Rhythm City to portray Jesse that starred Seputla Sebogodi, Dumi Masilela and Hlubi Mboya.

 

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2013
 Zabalaza (2013) – Season 2
Herself Celebrity
2013
 10 Over 10 – Season 2
Herself Commentator
Unknown IsiBaya – Season 3 Herself Celebrity
2015 – to date Rhythm City – Season 1 Jesse Soap Opera
2015 The Road – Season 1 Ntsiki / Dodo Telenovela
2015
 Clash of the Choirs South Africa – Season 2
Herself Choirmaster

 

 

 

In 2013 Moneoa registered at University of South Africa  to study for a business management degree, as she had planned to venture into business later in her life.

 

 

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