Leleti Khumalo born on March 30, 1970(52years) in Kwamashu Town, the North of Durban, South Africa is a South African Actress, musician, and Radio Presenter. She was just three years old when her father died, she was only left with her mother and three siblings. Her mother who worked as a domestic Laborer to support her family was unable to afford all their necessities, so Khumalo lived in dire poverty. Despite trouble and challenges Khumalo always derived joy from music and dance.
Due to her passion and love for music and dance, she joined Amakija a youth dance group in her backyard, a group trained by noted dancer and singer ” Tu Nokwe” who later become her mentor.
In 1992 she starred in her first movie titled ” Sarafina” as Sarafina in the movie which is set in Soweto, this movie is based on the Soweto uprising of June 16, 1976, and she starred in the leading role in Sarafina. She spent the next two years on a worldwide tour.
During the Apartheid era, Khumalo as a black South African actress is a force to be reckoned with, Khumalo does not consider the injustice of Apartheid.
Luleti khumalo released her first album leleti and the sarafina and co -starred in Ngema’s international hit musical at 4 A.M which was dedicated to the dead legend of boxer Muhammad Ali in 1993, she went on to produce and starred in many movies after that year
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• Sarafina ( 1992)
• Hotel Rwanda(2004)
• Invictus ( 2005 )
• Faith Corner ( 2005)
• Imbewu: The seed ( 2018-2019 tv series )
• Cry of Love ( 2016)
• Free state (2016)
• Winnie Mandela ( 2011)
• Hopeville (2010)
• Africa United ( 2010)
• Yesterday( 2004)
• Cry, The Beloved Country ( 1995)
* Awards and Nominations
• Durban International Film Festival
For Best Actress (2005)-[ Faiths corner ] – Winner
• Tony Award For Best Actress[Nominatedd ]- Nominee
• Image Award( NAACP) for Outstanding Lead Actress in Motion picture (1995) [ Safarina]- Nominee
• South Africa Film and Television Golden Hood Awards For Best Actress ( 2020)[ Imbewu : The seed ] Nominee
• South Africa Film and Television Golden Hood Awards for Best supporting actresses s( 2017)- [ Free state 2016]. -Nominee
• South Africa Film and Television Golden Hood Awards For Best Actress (2006)- [ Faith Corner 2005]
* Personal Life
Khumalo got married to Mbongeni Ngema in 1992 they got during the production of a Movie title, Sarafina but their marriage finally crashed in 2005 when they got separated, The actress revealed that she is not happy in the marriage and she got what she expected from marriage.
After her divorce she got married to Skhuthazo Winston Khanyile in 2012 Khumalo met Skhuthazo Winston Khanyile when she was working as a cabin Controller in South Africa, Leleti Khumalo got pregnant, during her pregnancy, her babies were triplet but due to miscarriage, she lost of one of her babies when she gave birth on 24th of May 2013 she gave birth to twins which are expected to be triplet but lost one of it and the twins survived.
She is diagnosed with the rare skin disease Vitiligo which has affected her skin condition, especially her face and hand, but this has not let her down she is committed to her responsibilities, and she also made her skin disease to be known to the world.
The Actress is currently worth $1.5million she earns her income from movies, endorsement and she is also a businesswoman.
* External Link
IMBD :Leleti Khumalo @IMBD
Instagram: Leleti Khumalo @instagram