Anele Mdoda is back with a bang as The Voice SA host

Buhle Mbonambi had a chat with the new host of ‘The Voice South Africa’

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“I like The Voice.” –


“I HAVEN’T left TV,” Anele told me at the VIP en­clo­sure dur­ing Dur­ban Fash­ion Fair in Au­gust. “I’m com­ing back soon and it’s go­ing to be a ma­jor show. Look for­ward to an an­nounce­ment soon.”

This was in re­sponse to me ask­ing about life af­ter she left SABC3’s Real Talk, which earned her an SA Film and Tele­vi­sion Award for best talk show host. It’s a ques­tion so many peo­ple have wanted to know the an­swer to – would she ever come back to TV and, if so, when?

We now have our an­swer. She was re­cently an­nounced as the new host of M-Net’s The Voice South Africa, taking over from Lungile Radu, who hosted the show in 2016 and 2017. Anele is a nat­u­ral on TV, she loves mu­sic and she knows how to tug at view­ers’ heart­strings.

It’s in­ter­est­ing that she’s host­ing a TV fran­chise show. Dur­ing our chat, she had lamented that South Africa had not cre­ated its own TV for­mats to sell to the world.

Anele is in­ter­ested in go­ing be­hind the scenes of the in­dus­try, which she got a taste of while she was host­ing Real Talk.

“I did so much be­hind-the-scenes work on the show. It’s not a new role for me any more. I need to re­fine and so­lid­ify. I’m def­i­nitely com­ing back in more roles than one. I’m creat­ing more con­tent.”

She said she loved the ca­ma­raderie be­tween the coaches, talent and host on the show.

“It’s friendly, it’s warm, it’s me! I’m ex­cited to be there when red chairs turn to change peo­ple’s lives.” Anele co-hosted SA’s Got Talent in 2009 and 2010. Be­ing on The Voice will give her an op­por­tu­nity to have fun with her other love – fash­ion.

“When it comes to choos­ing the gar­ments I wear, I look for out­fits that will change my mood. If I’m in a good mood, then I need to be in a bet­ter mood. If I’m in a bad mood, it should make me hap­pier.”

She prefers clas­sics rather than trends and when she buys a gar­ment, she wants to be able to wear it three years down the line.

She feels the fash­ion in­dus­try is taking it’s time in creat­ing gar­ments for a di­verse au­di­ence.

“It’s al­ways so sad when I speak to stylists and de­sign­ers about what I wear to shows and events, and the in­spi­ra­tion they bring is al­ways of what other full-fig­ured women wore. It’s like they don’t think beyond our size. It’s lazy. I don’t wear clothes to hide parts of my body, I wear clothes that suit me and I look good in.”

It’s this self-con­fi­dence that earned her a SA Style Award in

2012 and, even with that ac­co­lade, she feels the fash­ion in­dus­try should do more to em­brace fuller­fig­ured women.

“There has to be a case of all th­ese cloth­ing shops and brands need to start cater­ing for an in­clu­sive mar­ket. Why is it that we can’t get gar­ments from fast fash­ion and depart­ment stores shops?”

Her favourite de­sign­ers?

“Loin Cloth and Ashes will al­ways be a favourite of mine, as will Asanda Mady­ibi. Han­nah Lav­ery is per­fect for re­sort and holiday fash­ion. I love Rich Mnisi, even though I some­times have a size is­sue with his clothes.”

So why did she leave Real Talk? “When you are in it, you for­get how im­pact­ful you can be and that’s when you get jaded. I was there, I re­ally was get­ting jaded. I was be­com­ing even hard on my team, war­ranted or not.

I felt we had set a high stan­dard and it was slip­ping, so I felt we all needed to take a break and re­fo­cus. I was ma­ture enough to be the one to take a break.”

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