Somizi Mhlongo

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Somizi Mhlongo
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Somizi Mhlongo

(1972-12-23) December 23, 1972 (age 46)[1]
NationalitySouth African
Other namesSomgaga
Years active1978 - present
Known forIdols South Africa (judge) Sarafina
Spouse(s)Mohale Motuang (2017)
Partner(s)Palesa Madisakwane (separated)
ChildrenBahumi Madisakwane

Somizi is a popular South African choreographer and television personality. He is the son of the late actor/comedian Ndaba Mhlongo and the veteran actress Mary Twala.


Mhlongo's acting career started at the age of fourteen when he joined the cast of Sarafina!. He was later again featured in other movies such as Cry, the Beloved Country. Apart from being a choreographer, he has also hosted live events and directed music videos. Somizi has appeared in various television shows such as Idols South Africa, V Entertainment as well as his own reality show titled Living the Dream with Somizi. He is also an ambassador for DStv. He published his first autobiography titled Dominoes, Unbreakable Spirit.


Year Film Notes
1987 Scavengers Actor
1992 Sarafina As Somizi 'Whacko' Mhlongo
1993 Himmel uber Africa Juice
1995 Cry, the Beloved Country Young Thief
1996 Tarzan:The Epic Adventures (TV series) Tarzan and the Scarlet Diamond
2005 City Ses'la Actor
2010 SA Idols Judge
2017 Leaving the dream All about his life
2018 Ayeye Vuzu Actor


  • Miss South Africa
  • Metro FM awards
  • Afcon 2013 Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • South African Music Award (SAMAs)
  • Fifa World Cup 2010 Opening and Closing Ceremonies


  1. ^ "Somizi Mhlongo reveals his age". The Citizen. Retrieved 27 November 2016.