December 23, 1972
Gauteng, South Africa
|Other names||Divo, SomGAGA|
|Occupation||Choreographer, Actor, radio and Television Personality|
|Years active||1978 - to date|
|Known for||Idols South Africa|
|Spouse(s)||Mohale Motuang (2017)|
|Partner(s)||Palesa Madisakwane (separated)|
|Children||Bahumi Madisakwane (with Palesa Madisakwane)|
Somizi Mhlongo (mononymously known as Somizi, born 23 December 1972)is a popular South African choreographer, actor and radio personality. He is a long standing figure in the entertainment industry with an enduring career spanning decades.
Early Life and Career
Somizi Mhlongo was born in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province to actors Mary Twala and Ndaba Mhlongo. His career is said to have began as early as the age of 5. Somizi joined the cast of the Broadway musical Sarafina at the age of 13 and later appeared in the film of the same name. In that film he also served as choreographer. He also appeared in the 1997 drama series Molo Fish.
In recent years Somizi has gained popularity as the flamboyant judge on Idols South Africa. He was also a judge on the SABC 1 dance show, Dance Your Butt Off, he has a reality show Living the Dream with Somizi and he co-host the Metro FM breakfast show with DJ Fresh.