Mnqobi “Shota” Mdabe (born in Durban) is a South African singer, producer, and songwriter. Shota schooled in Umtata in the Eastern Cape, where he grew up.
After his matriculation, Shota enrolled at the Natal Technikon in Kwa-Zulu Natal for a diploma in music. He also worked as a voice lecturer at a college from Ntuzuma township.
He is married to Phumeza Mdabe, a South African singer, model, television presenter, and actress.
While he was at Natal Technikon, Shota met Thandukwazi Sikhosana, aka. Demor, and Nkosinathi Maphumulo, aka. Blackcoffee.
They together they started a band, Simply Hot And Naturally African, SHANA in 1997.
The band relocated to Gauteng to promote their music career. Today, he runs his own production company Shota Music.
Shota has worked with renowned and influential artists in the country including the late Lebo Mathosa and DJ Christos.