There’s no stop­ping Somizi

From re­al­ity TV sen­sa­tion to so­cial me­dia star, Somizi Mh­longo is slay­ing it. But it’s no sur­prise as the flam­boy­ant star was born into show­biz roy­alty


LIFE has al­ways been a per­for­mance for him – lights, cam­era, ac­tion! and he’s ready to go with his vi­brant hair­dos, on-fleek eye­brows and flam­boy­ant out­fits. Somizi Mh­longo is a triple threat, hav­ing shot to fame as a dancer, ac­tor and chore­og­ra­pher. And now he’s taken home sev­eral YOU Spec­tac­u­lar awards, con­firm­ing he’s one of Mzansi’s most-loved celebs.

He clinched the award for So­cial Me­dia Star, Most Stylish Male and Favourite Ra­dio Per­son­al­ity to ce­ment once and for all that he is “Dy­na­mite, dy­na­mite, dy­na­mite boom!”

We look at the rise of this su­per­star. Somizi was born on 23 De­cem­ber 1972 in Or­lando East, Soweto, to vet­eran ac­tress Mary Twala and late ac­tor/co­me­dian Nd­aba Mh­longo. He was des­tined for the spot­light and made his act­ing de­but at the age of six in a play by Paul Rapet­soa.

Somizi spent much of his child­hood on the road from one pro­duc­tion set to the next with his en­ter­tainer par­ents. “This life is nor­mal for me – my mother is an ac­tress, my fa­ther was an ac­tor, so they were al­ways on the go,” says Somizi. “This has al­ways been my life – it’s in my genes.”

He landed his first big job as a pre­sen­ter on a kids’ TV show. At 14 he was cast as the nar­ra­tor in Mbon­geni Ngema’s world-fa­mous stage pro­duc­tion of Sara­fina.

Now Bahumi (21), his daugh­ter with TV per­son­al­ity Palesa Madis­ak­wane, is fol­low­ing in his foot­steps. She re­cently made her act­ing de­but in Keep­ing Score on SABC2.

Bahumi has just the right men­tor to take her to star­dom. “She’s con­fi­dent,” her proud dad says. “I think it’s a re­peat of my life in a way. I had fa­mous par­ents and it wasn’t easy be­cause the ex­pec­ta­tions are high. But I taught her never to com­pro­mise who she is, re­gard­less of where she’s at in her life.”

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