(Biography)Mawhoo is a KwaZulu-Natal-born South African musician, performer, model, and songwriter.

 Mawhoo is a KwaZulu-Natal-born South African musician, performer, model, and songwriter.

She’s appreciated for her style of music coupled with her dress. She projects culture with her dressing in her music videos.

The singer has collaborated with top local artists like DJ Maphorisa, Tsisto, Vigro Deep, and Master KG. Her debut single is Umshado, meaning Wedding/Marriage in isiZulu, featuring Heavy-K.

Early life

Mawhoo was born Thandeka Ngema in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She started to sing at a young age.

She was actually born on the 16th of December 1994. As from October 2023, Mawhoo is 28 years old.

At eleven, she took her recorded song to a local radio station, but they refused to promote her.

They thought she was too young, but the experience was heartbreaking for her.


Mawhoo studied for a degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA). While in the institution, she did modeling.

Mawhoo Career

Mawhoo dropped the single Umshado in 2019. The hit song garnered almost a million views on the video streaming platform YouTube. Artists like DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, and Heavy K collaborated with her.

The performer wants to use music to change things for the better. She observed that the number of women victims of femicide in South Africa is high. She wants to fight against gender-based violence.

Mawhoo appeared in music videos, acted in a cameo role, and has modeled for prestigious brands in and out of South Africa. She has worked for Tribe Afrique, House of Supreme, and Convoy Clothing SA.

The singer tried to teach after graduating from school. In 2018, she reached out to the top local music label Mabala Noise.

She was able to convince them to invest in her. The music company signed her, and she has worked under them ever since.

Mawhoo Style

Thandeka Ngema loves to promote the African culture in any way she can. Her day-to-day dress speaks a lot about her love for traditional attire.

She prides herself on the African way of life since it gives her a sense of belonging and confidence.

Even though she would love to start making videos with typical African dresses, she fears they might not play on digital platforms.

She planned on freeing her nipple and wearing Ubuhlalu (beadwork) as it should be.

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