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Somizi Mhlongo

Somizi Mhlongo is a notable South African choreographer, actor, singer, radio personality, TV presenter/ personality and reality TV star. He started his acting career at a tender age of 13 appearing on the film called Scavengers in 1987. In 1992, he appeared on the musical and political film , Sarafina, which gained his prominence in the industry and South Africa as a whole. With his numerous appearances, Somizi has become one of the most notable and successful personalities in the South African entertainment industry.

Somizi Mhlongo was born on the 23th of December 1972, in Soweto, to the late South African veteran actress, Mary Twala and the late actor and comedian, Ndaba Mhlongo. With the acting experience he gained from his parents, Somizi was exposed to the entertainment industry at a young age. In February 2021, Somizi launched his new sneaker range under his collaboration with Bantu sneakers. As the new radio year began in April 2021, Somizi continues to co-host with Dineo Ranaka on The Bridge on Metro.


In 2017, Somizi became one of the co-host of Metro FM’s breakfast show The Fresh Breakfast Show alongside the lead host DJ Fresh and soccer presenter Mpho Letsholonyane.

In 2019, it was announced that he would be replaced by Relebogile Mabotja as the station reshuffled. Mhlongo was then moved to co-host #TheBridge – the show after the set and airing of The Fresh Breakfast Show timeslot.


– Channel O Music Video Awards 2012, Winner of Best Choreography

– DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards 2020, Nominee for Favourite Personality of the Year

– Metro FM Awards 2011, Winner of Best Styled Artist

– SAFTAs 2020, Winner of Best Structed or Docu-reality Show, Living The Life With Somizi: Season 4

– No.1 selling Bestseller Cookbook in the Food and Beverage category in South Africa.


– DStv Compact Ambassador, 2017
– Department of Water and Sanitation, 2017 – Face of McCafe Coach Sessions
– Face of Black Opal South Africa – 2018
– Brand Partnership with GH Mumm – GHMummXSomizi Limited edition – 2019
– Nedbank Ambassador
– Fattis & Monnis Ambassador


Somizi’s debut choreography work was on the musical film Sarafina! In 1992. He has choregraphed for many prominent events such as:

– Miss South Africa 2015
– Metro FM Awards 2017
– AFCON 2013 opening and closing ceremonies – The South African Music Awards
– FIFA World Cup 2010 opening and closing ceremonies

In 2017, Somizi released the dance workout DVD Grind! With Somizi, which was available at Verimark.[21] The workout choreography had many elements of South African dance moves. Mhlongo also did several YouTube workouts videos under the name Kwaitone Dance Fitness with Somizi.

Film & Television

 Scavengers, 1987

Sarafina, 1992

Kein Himmel uber Afrika, 1993 – Cry, The Beloved Country, 1995

 Black Beulahs, 2006

 African Skies, 1993

Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (TV Series), 1996

Zero Tolerance, 2004

City Ses’la, 2007

10 Over 10, Commentator for
Season 1 and 4, 2013 and 2016

 Zazima, 2013

 The Comedy Central Roast
of Kenny Khunene, 2014

Reality Check, 2014

aYeYe, 2015

Idols South Africa, Contest Judge 2015 – present

All That BS, 2015

 Dance Your Butt Off, Contest Judge, 2010 – 2012

V Entertainment Co-host, 2017 – 2019

The Comedy Central Roast of Somizi, 2018

Tropika Smooth Fan, 2018

Buyelekhaya Music Festival 2020

Ebubeleni Virtual Extravaganza 2020

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