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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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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.