Somizi Mhlongo Wiki – Somizi Mhlongo Biography
Somizi Mhlongo (Divo) is a South African actor, media personality, and choreographer. In 1992, he appeared in the musical and political film, Sarafina! which gained his prominence. He became the lead choreographer for numerous shows and events, including the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. After starring and taking part in the choreography of Sarafina!, he also appeared in several films including the drama film Cry, the Beloved Country (1995) as well as various television shows, including Idols South Africa and V Entertainment.
His acting career started when he was 13, appearing in the film Scavengers in 1987. In 1992, he then joined the musical and political film, Sarafina! in which he played a character with the same name as his, but was nicknamed “Whacko”. He also appeared in films including Kein Himmel über Afrika (1993) and Cry, the Beloved Country (1995). Mhlongo appeared on the television series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures in 1996. His biggest judging duty was when he was appointed as the new judge for the eleventh season of Idols South Africa. He was also a lead judge on the former SABC 1 competition show Dance Your Butt Off alongside actress and dancer Khabonina Qubeka. In 2016, he premiered his reality show Living the Dream with Somizi which aired on Mzansi Magic. Other TV credits include City Ses’la, Ayeye, and 10 Over 10. He hosted various award shows notably being the South African Music Awards where he co-hosted for 3 consecutive years (2016, 2017, and 2018). On 26 April 2018, Mhlongo was the featured roastee in Comedy Central’s annual roast special.
His debut choreography work was on the musical film Sarafina! He choreographed many prominent events including the opening and closing ceremonies for the huge international football association FIFA for 2010 hosting in his home country South Africa. He choreographed various award shows and events including Miss South Africa, Metro FM Music Awards, South African Music Awards, and the Channel O Music Video Awards. He also danced and was a choreographer for the gospel choir Joyous Celebration. In 2017, Mhlongo released the dance workout DVD Grind! With Somizi, which was available at Verimark. The workout choreography had many elements of South African dance moves. He also did several YouTube workout videos under the name Kwaitone Dance Fitness with Somizi.
From 3 April 2017, he was one of the co-hosts of Metro FM breakfast show The Fresh Breakfast Show alongside the lead host DJ Fresh and soccer presenter Mpho Letsholonyane. On 30 March 2019, it was announced that he would be replaced by Relebogile Mabotja as the station reshuffled. He was then moved to co-host #TheBridge – the show after the set and airing of The Fresh Breakfast Show timeslot. In 2017, he was named the ambassador for the satellite service DStv as for his notability on Idols South Africa which airs on two of their channels – M-Net and Mzansi Magic. He then endorsed with the Department of Water and Sanitation later that year. He also endorsed McDonald’s South Africa in being the face of McCafé Coach Sessions. On 29 June 2017, he released his autobiographical book named Dominoes, Unbreakable Spirit. He co-wrote the book along with journalist and author Lesley Mofokeng. The book shares his life in showbiz, childhood, entertainment business, parents’ roles, sexuality, and friendship. He incorporated Kwaito and gospel for his song releases in the 2000s, which critically and commercially failed. In 2017, he released his house-focused and gqom-influenced revival song “Ngibonile” featuring DJ and record producer Heavy K.
Somizi Mhlongo Age
He was born Somizi Buyani Mhlongo Motaung on December 23, 1972, in Soweto, South Africa.
Somizi Mhlongo Partner
He is married to South African model and entrepreneur Mohale Tebogo Motaung. They were married in a traditional wedding on 28 September 2019, and they had a white wedding on 30 January 2020. They began dating in 2017 and they confirmed their relationship in 2018 and he proposed to Motaung while on their vacation in Paris, France. In the past, Mhlongo was in a relationship with actress Palesa Madisakwane while in a relationship with an unnamed man. This led him to come out as bisexual. Madisakwane and him had a child together. Mhlongo later described himself as gay, and the relationship with Madisakwane ended.
Somizi Mhlongo Parents
His parents are the late South African veteran actress, Mary Twala, and actor and comedian, Ndaba Mhlongo. He had one sibling, a brother named Archie, who was fatally stabbed in 1985.
Somizi Mhlongo Children
He has one child, a daughter, Bahumi Madisakwane born on February 19, 1995, in South Africa.
Somizi Mhlongo Instagram
Somizi Mhlongo’s Instagram account is @somizi.