Mandoza was born in the Zola South section of Soweto, where he shared a house with his mother, his grandparents and two sisters. He never knew his father, his mother claiming that he was murdered the same year Mandoza was born. When he was sixteen years old he was charged with stealing a car and received a one-and-a-half year sentence, which he served in Diepkloof prison.
When he was released from prison, Mandoza formed the group Chiskop along with three childhood friends, S’bu, Siphiwe and Siszwe.
His talents were discovered by Arthur Mafokate also known as the King of Kwaito.
He was first played on air by DJ Sipho Mbatha A.K.A Sgqemeza of Durban Youth Radio now joined ukhozifm.
Mandoza strives to give an inspirational message to Kwaito. Mandoza uses his music as a way to encourage young South Africans to achieve their goals. His song Uzoyithola Kanjani means "how are you going to get it, if you don't get up and go for it." He credits much of his success to his mentor, Glenn Morris, who helped him during his drug addled early years.