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Kelly Khumalo Will Play Lebo Mathosa in an Upcoming Mini-Series About the Kwaito Star’s Life

Kelly Khumalo and Bahumi Madisakwane will portray the later singer in an upcoming series called "The Lebo Mathosa Story.

South African singer and actress Kelly Khumalo will portray late kwaito star Lebo Mathosa in an upcoming six-part series, The Labo Mathosa Story, which will air on BET, reports City Press. Actress Bahumi Madisakwane will play a young Lebo while Kelly will play her as an adult.


Both actresses couldn't confirm the roles, as they signed nondisclosure agreements with the production house and channel, according to the Sunday newspaper. Auditions for the role took place in April this year.

Monde Twala, vice-president for the BET channel, youth and music at Viacom International Media Networks Africa, could neither deny nor confirm the news which the paper obtained from an unnamed "insider," who said, "Kelly has big shoes to fill. She can also sing but she has to work hard on improving her dancing moves. We hope she will do justice to Lebo's character."

Monde told City Press: "We'll announce and reveal the cast in the next two weeks."

Solly Mathosa, Lebo's brother, told the paper he was excited that his sister's story is finally getting told.

"It's long overdue. Although she died at a young age, she made a huge impact in the music industry and as a result she had won people's hearts with her unique voice," the paper quoted him as saying.


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Lebo Mathosa rose into prominence in the mid-90s, alongside Junior Sokhela, Theo Nhlengethwa and Thembi Seete, collectively known as Boom Shaka. The group is one of the most iconic in kwaito and South African music overall. Their hits "It's About Time," "Thobela" and "Makwerekwere" among others, remain some of the most popular songs in the country and some parts of the continent, especially the southern African region. The group was popular not only for their music, but their dance moves and outlandish style sense.

Beyond Boom Shaka, Lebo Mathosa went on to become a successful solo artist into the 2000s, releasing several albums that earned her multiple hits, before her untimely demise in 2006.

Lebo Mathosa was more than just an artist and actress, but she was a symbol of rebellion for women, as she lived by her rules and never succumbed to society's rules and standards.


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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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