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Somizi Buyani Mhlongo Motaung (born 23 December 1972) is a South African actor, media personality and choreographer. In 1992, he appeared on the musical and political film, Sarafina! which gained his prominence, Mhlongo became 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!, Mhlongo also appeared in several films including drama film Cry, the Beloved Country (1995) as well as various television shows, including Idols South Africa and V Entertainment.
Film and television
Mhlongo’sacting career began when he was 13, appearing on 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 was featured 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. In 2016, Mhlongopremiered his reality show Living the Dream with Somizi which aired on Mzansi Magic.
Starting on 3 April 2017, Mhlongowas 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.
In 2017, Mhlongowas 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, Mhlongoreleased 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
Mhlongoincorporated in 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
Mhlongodated actress Palesa Madisakwane while in a relationship with an unnamed man. This led him to come out as bisexual. Madisakwane and Mhlongowelcomed their first child, Bahumi Madisakwane, on 19 February 1995. Mhlongolater described himself as gay, and the relationship with Madisakwane ended.
Mhlongohas kept his relationships private. However, in 2017 rumors surfaced that he was dating South African model and entrepreneur Mohale Tebogo Motaung. The two confirmed these rumors in 2018. Mhlongo proposed to Motaung while on their vacation in Paris, France. The two were married in a traditional wedding on 28 September 2019, and they had a white wedding on 30 January 2020.