Somizi Mhlongo is a South African movie star, singer, and choreographer, as well as a radio and TV personality. He rose to prominence through his appearance on the 1992 South African political thriller, Sarafina. As a choreographer, Somizi has equally garnered huge fame through his stint as a lead choreographer for numerous shows. Notable among them include the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup held in South Africa in 2010 and the African Cup of Nations held in 2013.
Beyond dancing and acting, Mhlongo is also very popular for appearing as a judge on Idols South Africa and V Entertainment, where he serves as a co-host. He also has his own show called Living the Dream with Somizi, which has been airing since 2016. Through his incredible performances, Somizi has come to be loved by his many fans. While you might be wondering what makes him so special, check out all you need to know about him below.
Who is Somizi Mhlongo and How Old is He?
Although he has become widely known by his nickname SomGaga, it was as Somizi Buyani Mhlongo that the South African star was born on the 23rd day of December 1972. He is the son of the veteran South African actress, Mary Twala and her husband, the late actor Ndaba Mhlongo. He spent his early years in his place of birth, Orlando East, Soweto in the Johannesburg City of South Africa.
Through his parents’ involvement in the entertainment industry, Somizi got exposed to the industry when he was very young. As a result, he decided to trail the same career path as his parents. Today, he is one of the most popular and most influential figures in the SA entertainment industry. For his education, there are no records online with regards to the school he attended, when he graduated, and the certificate he obtained. However, reports have it that Somizi dropped out of school in grade nine, in order to pursue his dreams.
His Career as an Entertainer and Rise to Fame
Somizi Mhlongo kicked off his acting career when he was 13 years old. He made his first film appearance in 1987, playing the role of Jeffery in Scavengers. Later on, in 1992, he appeared in the political thriller, Sarafina, where he portrayed the role of Whacko. The film became successful both locally and internationally; thus bringing Somizi into the limelight.
The following year, he made his television debut, appearing in an episode of African Skies. In 1995, he starred as a young thief in Cry, the Beloved Country and in the year that followed, he was featured in the TV series, Tarzan: The Epic Adventures. His other movies and TV shows include Zero Tolerance (2004), Black Beulahs (2006), and City Ses’la (2007), etc.
While his popularity as an actor was on the increase, Somizi’s career as a choreographer also recorded a significant upshoot. He started featuring in various dance shows both as a host as well as a judge. The star got his breakthrough in 2015 when he was named among the judges on the singing talent show, Idols South Africa. He has also served as a judge on Dance Your Butt Off, aYeYe, Zaziwa, 10 Over 10, and many others.
Somizi’s dancing career has seen him perform alongside popular American music stars such as R-Kelly and Shakira. He also showcased his dancing skills during the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup that was held in South Africa, as well as the 2013 African Cup of Nations, among others.
Since 2016, he has been hosting his own show called Living the Dream with Somizi on Mzanzi Magic, and V Entertainment. He has also hosted several other shows including South African Music Awards and The Comedy Central Roast of Kenny Kunene, etc.
Does Somizi Mhlongo Have a Daughter?
While it is no news that the South African TV star is a bisexual, many of his fans are wondering if he has a child or not. Well, for the curious, Somizi has a daughter named Bahumi Madisakwane. Bahumi is the product of his relationship with the TV star and actress, Palesa Madisekwane. The couple met several years ago, while they were both teenagers.
In the course of their relationship, Somizi came out as a bisexual and Palesa, who wanted the relationship to continue unexpectedly got pregnant. However, upon the realization that he is, in fact, gay and bisexual, Somizi and Palesa decided to call it quits on their relationship. Their daughter Bahumi was born in 1995 and just like her mom, Bahumi is also an actress.
Despite his sexuality, Somizi Mhlongo has never stopped being a good father figure to his daughter. The father and daughter share a very close bond. Interestingly, Somizi gifted his daughter with a red Chevloret on her 21st birthday. And that’s one of the many proofs of his awesomeness as a responsible father.
Who is Somizi Mhlongo’s Husband?
When it comes to his love life, Somizi has had his own fair share of romantic relationships. Meanwhile, he is currently married to a man named Mohale Motaung. The duo started dating a few years ago and while vacationing in Paris, France in 2018, they got engaged. However, on the 28th day of September 2019, they tied the knot in a private traditional wedding ceremony.
Prior to their relationship, Somizi Mhlongo was previously in a relationship with Themba. In 2014, after breaking up with his Themba, news broke that his boyfriend had wanted to commit suicide. Afterward, the duo got back together and their relationship continued through 2015 and 2016 before Somizi realized that Themba was cheating on Mhlongo with a woman who madly in love with him. As a result, he ended their relationship for good.