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About

It's not hard to see why Somizi Mhlongo is SA's best choreographer. He made his debut on Sarafina as an actor. Somizi's onscreen presence can never get outdated because he always brings something new on the table.

Personal Life  

Somizi Mhlongo is a South African actor, media personality and choreographer who shot to fame in 1992 after he starred in Sarafina! - a musical and political film. Born on the 23rd of December, 1972, Somizi Mhlongo will be turning 49 this year.

With a natural flair for acting, Somizi Mhlongo was fascinated with the entertainment industry from a very young age. His acting career that started at 13 when he appeared in the film Scavengers in 1987, has progressed and blossomed into much more.

Besides being a notable choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo is an actor, singer, radio personality, TV presenter and reality TV star. The 1992 musical and political film Sarafina went on to give him not just a foothold in the industry but a fanbase across South Africa.

Somizi Mhlongo has choreographed numerous shows and events, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

How was Somizi Mhlongo’s life before fame?

Somizi Buyani Mhlongo, as he was named at birth, was born on 23 December 1972 in Soweto, the largest township in Johannesburg.

Somizi Mhlongo’s mother was the late South African veteran actress, Mary Twala.  Thus, he was fortunate enough to have not just one parent in the entertainment industry but two. Somizi Mhlongo's father was actor and comedian Ndaba Mhlongo. Inspired by his parents, he entered the entertainment industry at a young age.

Somizi Mhlongo had one sibling, a brother named Archie, who died in 1985 due to a fatal stabbing incident.

Schooling

As far as Somizi Mhlongo’s education is concerned, he proudly declares that he neither has a matric certificate nor a degree.

Career

Somizi has an illustrious career that spans three decades. Somizi Mhlongo’s Instagram account of 4.1 million followers speaks of his popularity.

Film and television 

Somizi Mhlongo's acting career began when he appeared in the film Scavengers in 1987. In 1992, he then acted in the musical and political film Sarafina! in which he played the character of Fire.

Somizi then appeared in several films, including Kein Himmel über Afrika in 1993 and Cry, the Beloved Country in 1995. Somizi Mhlongo was also featured in the television series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures in 1996.

Somizi was appointed as the new judge for the 11th season of Idols South Africa. He was roped in to be the lead judge on the show Dance Your Butt Off, alongside actress and dancer Khabonina Qubeka.

In 2016, Mhlongo hosted his own reality show Living the Dream with Somizi, which aired on Mzansi Magic.

As a host, Somizi Mhlongo hosted various award shows, notably the South African Music Awards, which he co-hosted for three consecutive years from 2016. In April 2018, Somizi Mhlongo was the featured ‘roastee’ on Comedy Central's annual roast special.

In December 2020, Somizi Mhlongo co-hosted KZN Entertainment Awards alongside Pearl Thusi.

Choreographer

On the heels of his debut success with Sarafina, he choreographed many prominent events, such as the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 when his home country South Africa hosted the event.

Somizi Mhlongo also choreographed Miss South Africa, Metro FM Music Awards, South African Music Awards and the Channel O Music Video Awards. He was a dancer and lead choreographer for the gospel choir - Joyous Celebration.

In 2017, Somizi Mhlongo released the dance workout DVD Grind! With Somizi. The workout choreography showcased many fundamentals of several South African dance forms.

Radio host

In April 2017, Somizi Mhlongo was one of the co-hosts of the Metro FM breakfast show, The Fresh Breakfast Show, alongside DJ Fresh and soccer presenter Mpho Letsholonyane. From here, Somizi was asked to co-host #TheBridge.

Author

In 2017, Somizi Mhlongo released his autobiographical book named Dominoes, Unbreakable Spirit. Co-written with journalist and author Lesley Mofokeng, the autobiography gives us an insight into Somizi’s life in showbiz, childhood, parents' roles, entertainment business, sexuality and friendships.

Musical aspirations

In 2017, Somizi Mhlongo released his house-focused and gqom-influenced revival song "Ngibonile", featuring DJ and record producer Heavy K.

Somizi Mhlongo albums: He has released two albums which went on to win the Metro FM Award and the Channel O Music Video Award.

Family

Does Somizi have a sister?

When Somizi Mhlongo mother, Mary Twala, passed away, the obituary read that she was survived by two children. Besides Somizi, she had a daughter named Joyce Twala. Somizi Mhlongo's sister, Joyce Twala, was not present at the funeral. She could not be spotted even in the mini video that was recorded during the funeral.

Who is Somizi Mhlongo’s sister?

When Somizi Mhlongo’s mother passed away on the 4th of July, 2020, that is when the rest of the world found out about the existence of Somizi Mhlongo’s sister, Joyce Twala. As Mary’s grandchild read out the obituary, it read:

"Mary is survived by her three sisters Sti, Zanele & Gabsile, two children Joyce Twala & Somizi Mhlongo, two grandchildren Phumzile & Bahumi and three grandchildren Lwanz, Lenhle and Lesedi."

Fans were surprised to learn about Somizi’s sister. Unfortunately, she was nowhere to be found, not even in the mini video played during the funeral. She was also not present at the funeral, either.

When was Somizi Mhlongo’s child born?

Back in the day, Somizi Mhlongo dated actress Palesa Madisakwane. They welcomed their child, Bahumi Madisakwane, in February 1995. Later, Somizi Mhlongo declared that he is gay, which resulted in him parting ways with Palesa. Somizi Mhlongo’s daughter, who is about 26 years old, is an up-and-coming actress.

Relationships

Who is Somizi Mhlongo’s husband?

In 2017, rumour had it that Somizi was dating South African model and entrepreneur Mohale Tebogo Motaung. The couple confirmed these reports in 2018. Somizi proposed to Motaung while on vacation in Paris.

Somizi Mhlongo’s wedding was one of the most anticipated events of 2019. The couple got married at a traditional wedding on 28 September 2019. They had a white wedding on 30 January 2020.

His ex-girlfriend Palesa offered to walk Somizi Mhlongo down the aisle on his wedding day.

What happened to Somizi Mhlongo?

Somizi Mhlongo and his husband are allegedly going through a rough patch. Rumour has it that Mohale has even moved out of the house he shares with Somizi in Johannesburg’s lavish suburb of Dainfern.

Infidelity is allegedly the cause of their rift. Speaking anonymously, one of Mohale’s close friends confirmed that Somizi Mhlongo’s husband had been spending more time out and about with friends and is hardly seen with his husband in public.

News and Controversies

Recently, media personality Somizi Mhlongo woke up to find himself topping the trends list. Needless to say, he was just as shocked as the rest of Mzansi.

On Twitter, a picture of Somizi responding to his husband’s tweet started making rounds. According to Somizi, those tweets of him swearing at Mohale are fake.

But rumours are rife that Somizi Mhlongo’s husband Mohale has even moved out of the house he shares with Somizi in Johannesburg’s lavish suburb of Dainfern. The rift is allegedly due to infidelity.

Somizi Mhlongo Birthday further fuelled talk of a divide between the two. The multi-talented celebrity Somizi Mhlongo celebrated his 48th birthday with his best friend musician Vusi Nova.

Somizi and Vusi have been the talk of Twitter for being unusually close over the last few months, leaving fans perplexed about his relationship with his husband, Mohale.

In other news, last month Somizi Mhlongo left social media users in shock when he responded to a Twitter user who asked the star out on a date. Somizi Mhlongo responded by revealing a precondition for going on a date with him.

Many tweeps didn’t expect Somizi to reply. Others found his response hilarious, while others asked why a married man was entertaining the idea of going on a date with someone else.

Are TT and Somizi still friends?

The two were so close that Somizi Mhlongo became the godfather to TT Mbha's children. But now, the former best friends are thought not to be on speaking terms.

So, are they still friends? Well, when Somizi Mhlongo’s mother, actress Mary Twala passed away, TT Mbha was nowhere to be seen at her funeral. Apparently, their beef started when Somizi Mhlongo did not get a mention among the people TT thanked for their support during his Covid journey. 

Net Worth, Cars, and House

What are some of the top names in Somizi Mhlongo’s cars list?

Somizi’s love for fast and luxury cars is well known. The vast collection of Somizi Mlongo cars includes BMW i8, Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes Benz G350d, Mercedes AMG-E63, Rolls Royce and a BMW Z4.

Where is Somizi Mhlongo’s house located?

Celeb-couple Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale Motaung held nothing back when investing in their dream home. Somizi Mhlongo's house in Dainfern would make anyone envious.

In 2019, Somizi purchased a property that cost him R6 million. The luxurious mansion is located at Zimbali Coastal resort and Estate in Kwazulu-Natal. Somizi is known to have a total of five houses.

What is Somizi Mhlongo’s net worth?

Somizi Mhlongo’s net worth is about $5 million. As of 2020, his net worth in Rand was R77 million. From his endorsements and businesses alone, Somizi Mhlongo makes around R710 000 per month.  His earnings allow him to live a luxurious life. You just have to see Somizi Mhlongo’s house and cars.

Awards & Recognition

Two of Somizi Mhlongo’s albums won the Metro FM Award and a Channel O Music Video Award.

Social Media

Somizi's Instagram: @Somizi

Somizi's Twitter: @Somizi 

Q&A

Who is Somizi mhlongo?

Somizi Mhlongo is a South African actor, media personality and choreographer who shot to fame in 1992 after he starred in Sarafina! - a musical and political film.

What does Somizi do for a living?

Somizi Mhlongo is a very successful actor, media personality and choreographer.

Is Somizi Mhlongo a Millionaire?

Yes, he is a millionaire. Somizi Mhlongo net worth is $5 million. 

How much does Somizi earn per month?

As of 2020, Somizi Mhlongo net worth in Rand was R77 million. According to estimates, he makes around R710 000 per month from endorsements and businesses.

How old is Somizi Mhlongo?

He was born on the 23rd of December, 1972. Somizi Mhlongo age is 48.

Also known as:
Somgaga
Birthday:
23 December, 1972
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Capricorn
Birth place:
Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa

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Somizi in a collared shirt
Also known as:
Somgaga
Birthday:
23 December, 1972
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Capricorn
Birth place:
Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa

About

It's not hard to see why Somizi Mhlongo is SA's best choreographer. He made his debut on Sarafina as an actor. Somizi's onscreen presence can never get outdated because he always brings something new on the table.

Personal Life  

Somizi Mhlongo is a South African actor, media personality and choreographer who shot to fame in 1992 after he starred in Sarafina! - a musical and political film. Born on the 23rd of December, 1972, Somizi Mhlongo will be turning 49 this year.

With a natural flair for acting, Somizi Mhlongo was fascinated with the entertainment industry from a very young age. His acting career that started at 13 when he appeared in the film Scavengers in 1987, has progressed and blossomed into much more.

Besides being a notable choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo is an actor, singer, radio personality, TV presenter and reality TV star. The 1992 musical and political film Sarafina went on to give him not just a foothold in the industry but a fanbase across South Africa.

Somizi Mhlongo has choreographed numerous shows and events, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

How was Somizi Mhlongo’s life before fame?

Somizi Buyani Mhlongo, as he was named at birth, was born on 23 December 1972 in Soweto, the largest township in Johannesburg.

Somizi Mhlongo’s mother was the late South African veteran actress, Mary Twala.  Thus, he was fortunate enough to have not just one parent in the entertainment industry but two. Somizi Mhlongo's father was actor and comedian Ndaba Mhlongo. Inspired by his parents, he entered the entertainment industry at a young age.

Somizi Mhlongo had one sibling, a brother named Archie, who died in 1985 due to a fatal stabbing incident.

Schooling

As far as Somizi Mhlongo’s education is concerned, he proudly declares that he neither has a matric certificate nor a degree.

Career

Somizi has an illustrious career that spans three decades. Somizi Mhlongo’s Instagram account of 4.1 million followers speaks of his popularity.

Film and television 

Somizi Mhlongo's acting career began when he appeared in the film Scavengers in 1987. In 1992, he then acted in the musical and political film Sarafina! in which he played the character of Fire.

Somizi then appeared in several films, including Kein Himmel über Afrika in 1993 and Cry, the Beloved Country in 1995. Somizi Mhlongo was also featured in the television series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures in 1996.

Somizi was appointed as the new judge for the 11th season of Idols South Africa. He was roped in to be the lead judge on the show Dance Your Butt Off, alongside actress and dancer Khabonina Qubeka.

In 2016, Mhlongo hosted his own reality show Living the Dream with Somizi, which aired on Mzansi Magic.

As a host, Somizi Mhlongo hosted various award shows, notably the South African Music Awards, which he co-hosted for three consecutive years from 2016. In April 2018, Somizi Mhlongo was the featured ‘roastee’ on Comedy Central's annual roast special.

In December 2020, Somizi Mhlongo co-hosted KZN Entertainment Awards alongside Pearl Thusi.

Choreographer

On the heels of his debut success with Sarafina, he choreographed many prominent events, such as the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 when his home country South Africa hosted the event.

Somizi Mhlongo also choreographed Miss South Africa, Metro FM Music Awards, South African Music Awards and the Channel O Music Video Awards. He was a dancer and lead choreographer for the gospel choir - Joyous Celebration.

In 2017, Somizi Mhlongo released the dance workout DVD Grind! With Somizi. The workout choreography showcased many fundamentals of several South African dance forms.

Radio host

In April 2017, Somizi Mhlongo was one of the co-hosts of the Metro FM breakfast show, The Fresh Breakfast Show, alongside DJ Fresh and soccer presenter Mpho Letsholonyane. From here, Somizi was asked to co-host #TheBridge.

Author

In 2017, Somizi Mhlongo released his autobiographical book named Dominoes, Unbreakable Spirit. Co-written with journalist and author Lesley Mofokeng, the autobiography gives us an insight into Somizi’s life in showbiz, childhood, parents' roles, entertainment business, sexuality and friendships.

Musical aspirations

In 2017, Somizi Mhlongo released his house-focused and gqom-influenced revival song "Ngibonile", featuring DJ and record producer Heavy K.

Somizi Mhlongo albums: He has released two albums which went on to win the Metro FM Award and the Channel O Music Video Award.

Family

Does Somizi have a sister?

When Somizi Mhlongo mother, Mary Twala, passed away, the obituary read that she was survived by two children. Besides Somizi, she had a daughter named Joyce Twala. Somizi Mhlongo's sister, Joyce Twala, was not present at the funeral. She could not be spotted even in the mini video that was recorded during the funeral.

Who is Somizi Mhlongo’s sister?

When Somizi Mhlongo’s mother passed away on the 4th of July, 2020, that is when the rest of the world found out about the existence of Somizi Mhlongo’s sister, Joyce Twala. As Mary’s grandchild read out the obituary, it read:

"Mary is survived by her three sisters Sti, Zanele & Gabsile, two children Joyce Twala & Somizi Mhlongo, two grandchildren Phumzile & Bahumi and three grandchildren Lwanz, Lenhle and Lesedi."

Fans were surprised to learn about Somizi’s sister. Unfortunately, she was nowhere to be found, not even in the mini video played during the funeral. She was also not present at the funeral, either.

When was Somizi Mhlongo’s child born?

Back in the day, Somizi Mhlongo dated actress Palesa Madisakwane. They welcomed their child, Bahumi Madisakwane, in February 1995. Later, Somizi Mhlongo declared that he is gay, which resulted in him parting ways with Palesa. Somizi Mhlongo’s daughter, who is about 26 years old, is an up-and-coming actress.

Relationships

Who is Somizi Mhlongo’s husband?

In 2017, rumour had it that Somizi was dating South African model and entrepreneur Mohale Tebogo Motaung. The couple confirmed these reports in 2018. Somizi proposed to Motaung while on vacation in Paris.

Somizi Mhlongo’s wedding was one of the most anticipated events of 2019. The couple got married at a traditional wedding on 28 September 2019. They had a white wedding on 30 January 2020.

His ex-girlfriend Palesa offered to walk Somizi Mhlongo down the aisle on his wedding day.

What happened to Somizi Mhlongo?

Somizi Mhlongo and his husband are allegedly going through a rough patch. Rumour has it that Mohale has even moved out of the house he shares with Somizi in Johannesburg’s lavish suburb of Dainfern.

Infidelity is allegedly the cause of their rift. Speaking anonymously, one of Mohale’s close friends confirmed that Somizi Mhlongo’s husband had been spending more time out and about with friends and is hardly seen with his husband in public.

News and Controversies

Recently, media personality Somizi Mhlongo woke up to find himself topping the trends list. Needless to say, he was just as shocked as the rest of Mzansi.

On Twitter, a picture of Somizi responding to his husband’s tweet started making rounds. According to Somizi, those tweets of him swearing at Mohale are fake.

But rumours are rife that Somizi Mhlongo’s husband Mohale has even moved out of the house he shares with Somizi in Johannesburg’s lavish suburb of Dainfern. The rift is allegedly due to infidelity.

Somizi Mhlongo Birthday further fuelled talk of a divide between the two. The multi-talented celebrity Somizi Mhlongo celebrated his 48th birthday with his best friend musician Vusi Nova.

Somizi and Vusi have been the talk of Twitter for being unusually close over the last few months, leaving fans perplexed about his relationship with his husband, Mohale.

In other news, last month Somizi Mhlongo left social media users in shock when he responded to a Twitter user who asked the star out on a date. Somizi Mhlongo responded by revealing a precondition for going on a date with him.

Many tweeps didn’t expect Somizi to reply. Others found his response hilarious, while others asked why a married man was entertaining the idea of going on a date with someone else.

Are TT and Somizi still friends?

The two were so close that Somizi Mhlongo became the godfather to TT Mbha's children. But now, the former best friends are thought not to be on speaking terms.

So, are they still friends? Well, when Somizi Mhlongo’s mother, actress Mary Twala passed away, TT Mbha was nowhere to be seen at her funeral. Apparently, their beef started when Somizi Mhlongo did not get a mention among the people TT thanked for their support during his Covid journey. 

Net Worth, Cars, and House

What are some of the top names in Somizi Mhlongo’s cars list?

Somizi’s love for fast and luxury cars is well known. The vast collection of Somizi Mlongo cars includes BMW i8, Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes Benz G350d, Mercedes AMG-E63, Rolls Royce and a BMW Z4.

Where is Somizi Mhlongo’s house located?

Celeb-couple Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale Motaung held nothing back when investing in their dream home. Somizi Mhlongo's house in Dainfern would make anyone envious.

In 2019, Somizi purchased a property that cost him R6 million. The luxurious mansion is located at Zimbali Coastal resort and Estate in Kwazulu-Natal. Somizi is known to have a total of five houses.

What is Somizi Mhlongo’s net worth?

Somizi Mhlongo’s net worth is about $5 million. As of 2020, his net worth in Rand was R77 million. From his endorsements and businesses alone, Somizi Mhlongo makes around R710 000 per month.  His earnings allow him to live a luxurious life. You just have to see Somizi Mhlongo’s house and cars.

Awards & Recognition

Two of Somizi Mhlongo’s albums won the Metro FM Award and a Channel O Music Video Award.

Social Media

Somizi's Instagram: @Somizi

Somizi's Twitter: @Somizi 

Q&A

Who is Somizi mhlongo?

Somizi Mhlongo is a South African actor, media personality and choreographer who shot to fame in 1992 after he starred in Sarafina! - a musical and political film.

What does Somizi do for a living?

Somizi Mhlongo is a very successful actor, media personality and choreographer.

Is Somizi Mhlongo a Millionaire?

Yes, he is a millionaire. Somizi Mhlongo net worth is $5 million. 

How much does Somizi earn per month?

As of 2020, Somizi Mhlongo net worth in Rand was R77 million. According to estimates, he makes around R710 000 per month from endorsements and businesses.

How old is Somizi Mhlongo?

He was born on the 23rd of December, 1972. Somizi Mhlongo age is 48.