Leleti Khumalo Biography
Leleti Khumalo “SARAFINA” a South African actress popularly known for her leading role in the movie and stage play Sarafina! She is also a musician and a radio presenter.
Leleti Khumalo Age
Khumalo was born on 30th March 1970 in KwaMashu, South Africa.
Leleti Khumalo Career
Leleti began her career in music began when she joined a youth backyard dance group called Amajika where she met Tu Nokwe, who became her mentor. In 1993, she released her debut album titled “Leleti and Sarafina”.
At the age of 15 when she was practicing with Amajika, the dance group, Mbogena Ngema was was looking for new talent for a musical he was developing, he came to the garage in which her youth group was rehearsing to scout for performers. After seeing what Khumalo could do, Ngema simply asked if she wanted to do a play. She said yes. The musical eventually evolved into the international blockbuster Sarafina!
She was the host of the breakfast show on Vuma FM, a KwaZulu-Natal radio station which broadcasts in IsiZulu language. She is the founder of Leleti Khumalo’s School Ground Project in association with Sukuma Sakhe. The programme is aimed at dealing with problems faced by teenagers in a school setting.
Leleti Khumalo Vitiligo and Skin Condition
She has vitiligo ( a disease that destroys skin pigment cells, causing the loss of skin color in blotches) and says that she was about 24 years when she found out about the disease. In an interview with True Love magazine she said that she was content with her looks.
“It has taken over my looks, but I am content. I don’t want my life to be about the condition. I have it- so what? I am still an actress, a mother and a wife”
“When I was trying to have children, the doctor told me after my pregnancy the vitiligo would spread. I was fine with that,” she added.
Leleti Khumalo Husband
She was ppreviously married to Mbongeni Ngema as of 1992 but they divorced in 2005. She later married businessman Skhutazo Winston Khanyile in 2012.
Leleti Khumalo Wedding
Leleti has shown regret over and over, calling the marriage a disgusting experience, and expressing remorse for having married an already married man.
She is now married to a business man, Skhuthazo, he is two years her junior and together they have twins, totalling to three children for Leleti one from ex husband Mbongeni.
Leleti Khumalo Twins
Khumalo on 24th May 2013 she gave birth to twins, Ulwenzile Khanyile and Yamukelani Khanyile. Leleti had two miscarriages before she had her twins, totalling to three children for Leleti one from ex husband Mbongeni.
Leleti Khumalo Net Worth
Khumalo estimated net worth is under review.
Leleti Khumalo Movies
- Sarafina, 1985.
- Mama, 1996.
- Sarafina 2, 1997.
- The Zulu, 1999.
- Stimela SaseZola, 2003.
- Leleti Khumalo Movies
- Sarafina!, 1991.
- Cry, the Beloved Country, 1995.
- Yesterday, 2004.
- Hotel Rwanda, 2004.
- African Skies, 1991.
- Generations, 2005.
Leleti Khumalo Awards
1988: She received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Sarafina!
1987: She received a NAACP Image Award for Best Stage Actress.