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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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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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