1.Somizi Mhlongo SomGaGa Biography
Somizi Mhlongo SomGaGa has been in the entertainment business for almost 30 years. His career began when he was 13 years old – he joined the broadway musical Sarafina! and travelled the world for 5 years with the production.
He later went on to star in the film adaptation of Sarafina!, which also became the first big project he choreographed. As a young star, he later featured in other acclaimed movies such as Cry, The Beloved Country.
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- Somizi Buyani Mhlongo is a South African television personality, radio personality, choreographer, actor, singer and celebrity chef.
- In 1992, he appeared on the musical and political film, Sarafina! which gained his prominence.
- Born: December 23, 1972 (age 47 years), Soweto, South Africa
- Full name: Somizi Buyani Mhlongo
- Nickname: Divo
- Children: Bahumi Madisakwane
- Parents: The Late Mary Twala, Ndaba Mhlongo
The dynamic “SomGaGa”, as he is affectionately known to his allegiance of supporters, was born into Mzansi show biz. He is the son of the acclaimed late actor/comedian Ndaba Mhlongo and veteran actress Mary Twala.
Somizi has rooted himself as a vanguard of the South African entertainment industry. He wears his proverbial badge of honour for his many years of experience in the industry. He is also the go-to choreographer and host for live events and music video productions. His illustrious résumé includes hosting the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and the red carpet at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) in 2016. He was the lead choreographer for Miss South Africa from 1998-2008 and then again in 2015. He had his own show on Cliff Central. Somizi “Mr Whoo Shem” is also the ambassador for Department of Water and Sanitation and DSTV compact.
Here’s a look at Somizi Mhlongo’s biography.
What is Somizi Mhlongo SomGaGa net worth?
The entertainer, who is also known as SomGaga, is like the best friend you didn’t know you needed. He is fun-loving, caring and has a crazy personality that will make you laugh for days. Somizi has likened himself to Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.
He certainly has the star power! Despite his infectious smile, Somizi’s life has been anything but perfect.
Well, Somizi is a married man now and let’s just say this was the wedding of weddings and one for the books. Somizi and Mohale tied the knot and they spared no expense to make their day special. This one definitely got ticked off on the ‘best wedding of the year’ list.
Somizi Mhlongo SomGaGa Arrested
In a viral video that made the rounds on social media, Somizi was heard on Metro FM radio host and colleague Dineo Ranaka’s Instagram Live video, informing them that there will be an announcement and that the lockdown will be extended. In the video, the name drops Fikile Mbalula and claims that he was informed by the minister.
However, Minister Fikile Mbalula came out to deny the claims that were being made by Somizi. He stated that he hadn’t talked to Somizi at any point in time and he didn’t inform him of any extension of the lockdown.
So where did Somizi Mhlongo SomGaGa get the news?
Although Somizi, later on, apologised for his actions and the Minister accepted his apology, he still had to face the music. The department of transport announced that Mbalula would take legal action against Somizi. Fikile Mbalula will make his way to the Sandton Police Station to lay charges against the personality for contravening the government lockdown regulations, which prohibits the spread of fake news.
Somizi Mhlongo SomGaGa Biography: Age, Daughter, Mother, Father, Cars, House and Net Worth
Somizi handed himself over to the police and he was arrested but was later on released on bail pending a court appearance.
The law really does not take kindly to information peddling and anyone found on its wrong side has to face the consequences.
Somizi Mhlongo SomGaGa Marriage
What we’ve come to learn about Somizi’s fiance’ – Mohale
It’s all eyes on Mohale Tebogo Motaung.
Since January , Mohale has probably become one of the most popular non-celebrity fiance’s in Mzansi’s entertainment industry.
After his engagement to Somizi was announced, the media and public began to have a very strong interest in Mohale’s background.
People have gone to ask a few things about him, like how old is he, where’s he from and how he and Somizi met.
Although the engagement news came with a lot of excitement and congratulations messages from the public, some are still very skeptic about Mohale’s true intentions with Somizi.
However, the couple have taken everything in their stride and have ignored the comments about their engagement.
One question a lot of people have been asking is how old Mohale is considering that he looks fairly young.
Judging from his Facebook account Mohale is 23-years-old he was apparently born in 1995 which means Somizi was 23-years-old when Mohale was born.
In terms of his education, Mohale studied at The Vaal Christian School between 2009-2013.
He is said to be studying financial economics at Wits University, whether he is still studying there is unknown considering the many travels he’s embarked on with Somizi.
The two met at one of Somizi’s book launch and have been joined at the hip ever since.
In case you had missed out on the big day, like us who didn’t score an invite, Somizi had something in store for the fans. Somizi took to social media this where he announced that the wedding of the year will be premiering exclusively on Showmax. Much to the fans’ anticipation, the TV Special debuted on 24 February 2020, with additional episodes launching every Monday that followed. The final episode will premiere on the 16th of March 2020.
Thanks to Showmax, the show has become the most watched TV Special in Mzansi. According to Showmax, Somizi and Mohale: The Union has taken the crown as the show with the most views ever on its first day on the streaming service, bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster show.
Somizi was born on December 23, 1972. He is currently 46 years old Somizi’s parents named him Somizi Buyani Mhlongo. He grew up in Johannesburg’s Soweto township. The entertainer did not grow up like other children. The acting bug bit him from an early age. He got his first acting job when he was just 13 years old and has been working ever since.
Somizi’s grew up in a house with two famous actors – his parents, Mary Twala and Ndaba Mhlongo. Mary, who is now 80 years old, has been in the entertainment industry for over 60 years. She has starred in feature films such as Hopeville and Vaya. Mary has also made appearances in several local TV shows including Generations and The Imposter. She is a SAFTA winning actress. In 2019, Mary was honoured with the National Order of Ikhamanga in silver, one of South Africa’s highest honours.
Somizi’s father Ndaba was an actor, comedian and assistant director. He has starred in many movies and theatre productions, including Bad Company and Strike Force. Ndaba was nominated for a Tony Award in 1988 for his choreography work on Sarafina!.
Somizi Mhlongo Biography: Age, Daughter, Mother, Father, Cars, House and Net Worth
Somizi often travelled with his parents during their theatre tours.
“At the age of 7, I went to school for the first year. Then 6 months later I couldn’t take it being without my parents – I wanted to join them and I didn’t like going to school,” he said on eTV’s The Close Up in 2014.
Somizi had a brother named Archie. He was fatally stabbed at a tavern in 1985.
Somizi is known for his work as an actor and choreographer. He made his acting debut in the 1987 movie, Scavengers. He became a part of history when he starred in the critically-acclaimed film, Sarafina!. Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba and Leleti Khumalo played lead roles in the 1992 musical. Somizi’s mother Mary also made an appearance, while his father Ndaba worked on the Broadway version of the film. Some of Somizi’s other films include Cry, the Beloved Country and Black Beulahs.
Somizi is a respected choreographer. He choreographed Gert Sibande: The Lion of the East as well as the musical drama, How Long?. One of the highlights of his career was choreographing the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. He has also worked high-profile productions, including Miss South Africa, the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and the Metro FM awards.
Not only is Somizi an actor and choreographer but he is also a singer. One of his most recent songs is a 2017 collaboration with producer and DJ Mkhululi ‘Heavy K’ Siqula called Ngibonile. His fans were excited about hearing new music from star but he was adamant that he would not be releasing an album as he was “just having fun” and wanted to make people dance.
Somizi has made many TV appearances since starting his career as a teenager. He is most known for his work on Idols SA. He started as a choreographer on the singing competition before being promoted to the judges’ table. Somizi’s other TV appearances include City Ses’la, Dance Your Butt Off, 10 Over 10, Zaziwa and Zero Tolerance.
He currently has his own reality show, Living the Dream With Somizi (LTDW). In 2018, he allowed his peers to make fun of him on The Comedy Central Roast of Somizi.
Somizi also has his own fitness DVD, Grind With Somizi, which was released in 2017.
Somizi is openly gay but there was once a time he was “confused” about his sexuality. His parents never questioned his sexuality and accepted his lifestyle no questions asked. “When I was personally confused and scared, not of society but as I was still finding out how to handle some of the intricate situations I would be in, my family supported me as I prepared myself for what was to come. Trust me, your parents know from day one, they know from your behaviour what your sexual preference is,” he told the Sunday World in an interview.
Before coming out as gay, Somizi dated women and had a few girlfriends. One of his girlfriends was actress Palesa Madisakwane.
Somizi Baby Mamas
Somizi has a daughter named Bahumi with actress Palesa Madisakwane. When the Idols SA judge first met Palessa he thought he was bisexual.
“When Bahumi’s mother came to me and said ‘I am attracted to you’, I told her I’m bisexual. I didn’t say I am straight, I didn’t say no. I told her I have a boyfriend. And she said ‘oh okay, if you are bisexual, it means you date both sexes?’, and I said yes because at the time I thought I was bisexual,” he told Kaya FM.
When Palesa found out she was pregnant, Somizi told her he would “forever be a father and a daddy to our child” but could no longer stay in the relationship as he realised he is not bisexual but gay. Despite the end of their relationship, he was excited to be a father.
“I wanted to have a child because I felt like that’s part of my purpose on earth,” he said on The Close Up.
Somizi is currently engaged to Mohale Motaung. The lovers met in 2017 after they both secured an exclusive invite to a Louis Vuitton and Moët & Chandon event. Only 20 customers were invited to the champagne launch. Mohale later sent him a direct message on Instagram and the rest is history. Mohale was also spotted at a book signing Somizi was hosting for his memoir, Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit.
Somizi proposed during a romantic trip to Paris in 2018.
“Yes, I did. [It was] on the ‘love lock’ bridge with the Eiffel Tower behind us. I’ve watched too many movies obviously,” he said.
In early 2019, rumours spread like wildfire that Somizi and Mohale had broken up. The lovers have unfollowed each other on Instagram. Their lovers’ quarrel was over in no time and the pair started posting pictures of each other together again.
Somizi’s life has been tabloid fodder for many years. One of the craziest rumours about Somizi is that he planned to shut down the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg to host a posh Easter wedding ceremony. A source told the Sunday Sun that Somizi had booked four venues for all the ceremonies they would hold in 2018 in honour of their love.
“He’s already secured the bridge venue, as he’s set to host many guests, so he needs as much space as he can possibly get. Also, he wants his wedding to be the talk of the town,” a mole told the publication.
The rumours turned out to be false. Easter came and went with no wedding in sight.
Somizi’s flamboyant life has been full of controversy. He got into trouble with the taxman for allegedly failing to pay R3,4 million in taxes.
“I went SARS offices and they nailed me. I sobbed in front of them. I was crying bucketloads… They were going to take my car. I told them the car wasn’t mine. They forced me to sell my house. I tried to stall that and find ways of getting out of the mess without shedding my house. It was tough,” Somizi wrote in his book, Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit.
In 2018, the SA Revenue Service (SARS) reportedly auctioned off some of his belongings including designer bags, a crocodile skin couch and more than 80 pairs of designer sunglasses.
While Somizi is can afford to fly to Paris, Milan and New York for expensive shopping sprees, he was broke, indebted and depressed between 2006 and 2009.
“It was difficult to the point that I cried every day. At night I felt better that the day was over and I hoped for a better day tomorrow. But when I woke up and realised that I was still in that, I’d cry all over again. I started ostracizing myself,” he wrote in his book.
The end of his friendship with South Africa’s media darling Bonang Matheba also caused controversy. Their friendship ended in late 2015 but they put their differences aside in 2018 and are back to being BFFs.
Somizi is known for his over the top fashion choices and bold hairstyles. He has rocked pink, blue, green, orange and purple hair over the years. Somizi has also been spotted in long braids and a huge afro.
Somizi has owned several posh vehicles including a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon worth R2 million and a R1.7 million BMW i8. He reportedly sold the BMW to help pay off his SARS debt.
Somizi Net Worth
Somizi is allegedly worth millions of Rands but his exact net worth is not known. Celebrity Net Worth claims the entertainer has a fortune of around R74 million ($5 million). The amount appears to be an exaggeration.