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BET Africa is Producing a Biopic of the Late South African Singer Lebo Mathosa.

It's about time the legendary performer was honored.

According to SowetanLIVE, BET Africa announced that it will producing a biopic entitled The Lebo Mathosa Story detailing the life and career of the late South African singer, Lebo Mathosa. The biopic is set to be released later this year in September and auditions for the role of the singer will ensue at the end of this month in the city of Johannesburg.


Lebo Mathosa passed away 12 years ago at the age of 29-years-old in a horrific car accident. Like so many entertainers, her life and career were cut short just as she had reached the peak. The news of her death rocked South Africans.

Mathosa, who started off in the iconic kwaito group, Boom Shaka, went off on her own and began what would become an extremely successful solo career. She was known for her signature blond hair, sexy on-stage ensembles and fiery performances. Hits like "Free" and "Dangerous" from her Legends album took South Africa by storm and had many South Africans enamored with the singer to the extent that they nicknamed her "The New Madonna of the Townships".

Speaking on the upcoming biopic, Monde Twala, the vice-president for youth, music and BET at Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) said, "Lebo was a pivotal voice of her generation and her legacy continues to inspire. It's about time we share her untold story with audiences across the continent."

South Africans are currently debating which celebrities should play the role of Lebo Mathosa with suggestion ranging from dancer Zodwa Wabantu, TV personality Denise Zimba to even Bonang Matheba.


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