Somizi Mhlongo (Photo: Gallo)
We have seen cases of celebrity children who cannot handle the pressure of their famous parents, but Somizi Mhlongo proved that talent flowed in his blood and began his acting career at the age of 13 in 1987.
Family connections can only take you so far, but Somizi, born to veteran actress Mary Twala and actor Ndaba Mhlongo, was exposed to the entertainment industry at a very young age and seized every opportunity offered to him.
Even though there are one or two hiccups along the way (a failed music career that we won’t mention), Somizi remains the same “acrobatly swiftly gave vical“Like him 30 years ago. Do we use that right?
Let’s see where it all started and how we got here.
Somizi made his acting debut at the age of 13, appeared in the 1987 film, Scavengers and Broadway shows Sarafina. He continued his journey around the world for five years with production and starred in the film adaptation of the same name.
In 2018, Somizi proved that the iconic dance moves would be forever embedded in his brain, when he was showing off original movements in spontaneous Twitter videos – took us back to the memory lane.
If you feel nostalgic, you can stream Sarafina! free here.
Somizi’s career on TV as a presenter, reality TV judge, award-winning host, and actor for more than 30 years. (Really a sip, I think we got it all.)
Years before Idol SA, Somizi made a name for himself as an actor in the TV and film industry, starring in Cry, Beloved Country and series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures.
While some might think so Idol SA is Somizi’s first battle on the judges’ table, “SomGaGa”, who is famous for creating the phrase “Whoo shem” also a judge at reality dance events that may be less well known Dance Your Butt and Step Up or Step Out.
After conquering the world of acting, choreography (we’ll talk about that in a moment) and consistently bagging reality TV shows one by one, Somizi makes his own reality show premiere Live the dream with Somizi in 2016.
We have saved the best for last! Somizi and her husband, Mohale’s spectacular special wedding on Showmax are titled Somizi & Mohale: The Union broke seeing notes on the local streaming service after its launch in February, took the cake as “the show with the most views on the first day” – bigger than the Hollywood blockbuster show that had premiered on the streaming platform.
After debuting his choreography Sarafina! as a teenager, Somizi went to the choreography of South Africa’s main events including the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2013 African Cup.
If we start registering all the Somizi choreography resumes, you will be down until the wee hours tomorrow, but career highlights include Miss South Africa, Metro FM Awards, Channel O Music Video Awards and Afcon 2013 opening and closing ceremonies.
Somizi also released a training DVD in 2016, entitled Grind! With Somizi, which features popular local dance moves. The DVD reached platinum status, selling more than 20,000 units.
The DVD release came after Somizi did several YouTube practice videos by name Kwaitone Dance Fitness with Somizi.
And one, and two, and three, and breathe …
Not satisfied with the titles of actors, choreographers and reality TV stars, Somizi ventured to the radio in 2017, taking part as a morning host on Metro FM.
At present, Somizi is hosting The Bridge with Metro FM with Dineo Ranaka and Lerato Kganyago.
We haven’t reached the end of our list yet, but is there something that Somizi can’t do?
In 2017, Somizi released his autobiography titled Domino, Unbreakable Spirit. He co-authored the book with journalist and writer Lesley Mofokeng, shared anecdotes and learned from his life in the world of entertainment and his childhood, sexuality and friendship.
Honorable mention includes being named ambassador to DStv, and becoming the face of McDonald’s South Africa’s McCafé Coach Session.
One thing is for sure, we are only scratching the surface of what will come from one of the biggest, brightest and most courageous entertainer countries.
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