Lungisa Xhamela is killing it in his own lane

If you haven’t heard of singer, performer, and Idols South Africa season 11 finalist Lungisa Xhamela, we are surprised, but we are here to introduce you him to you. Xhamela reached the T0p 8 and he was a firm favorite. Even though he didn’t win the ultimate title during the show, he has become his own star and has been nailing it from the moment the show ended. 

Speaking of nailing it, Xhamela knows how to kill it in the style department as well. GQ caught up with the Eastern Cape-born star, whose first taste of fame was at 12 years old when he was cast for an AA insurance advert, to chat music, Idols, and new music.

GQ: You left Idols South Africa and even if you didn’t win, you have stayed on people radars and have continued to have a fan base. How did you do that? 

LX: Idols is a huge competition. Millions of people watch the show, and that is something I went into the competition looking to capitalize on. One of the things that I managed to do was to stay connected with my supporters via social media as I believe it is one the most powerful tools to keep relevant these days. I use social media to interact with the people who believe in me and that keeps me in their hearts and minds.

GQ: What did Idols do for you?

LX: Idols definitely gave me a bigger fan base. The show challenged me to tap deeper into my talent and give my all.

GQ: As a young upcoming musician, what are some of the lessons the industry has taught you so far?

LX: One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned as an upcoming musician is to stay in your lane. Never compare your journey with others. Be original and as genuine as you can be.

Xhamela performs his latest single Think About It

GQ: There’s often a perception that being famous means groupies, is this the case with you and how do you handle it?

LX: I wouldn’t say I have groupies but I do have very loyal supporters and how I handle it is to just show genuine love back to them.

GQ: Artists need to often tap into a particular genre when they enter the music industry, which one have you tapped into?

LX: Since Idols, I’ve released 3 dance singles, but the music I’m working on now is more laid back and soulful. My current sound is a lot more musical, it brings out my voice more and it speaks to a bigger audience. Afro Soul and Neo Soul are where I’ve tapped into now.

GQ: Who inspires you musically?

LX: My biggest influence internationally is Musiq Soulchild. I just love how his music makes me feel and how he manages to play with his voice as an instrument.

GQ: You are always dapper, where did you get your sense of style?

LX: I guess I learned to look dapper from my dad. I believe image is everything and it is one of the most important aspects of a brand.

GQ: What’s your dream for yourself as an artist?

LX: My ultimate dream is to be the best artist in the country, and thereafter taking over the world and doing global tours. I want to inspire young upcoming artists and help them achieve their goals.

GQ: Your five style tips for the GQ reader

LX: Be unique, rather be over-dressed than under-dressed, a perfect fit makes a huge difference, less is more and wear it with confidence.

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The power of Somizi

Somizi is winning at life

His bright future was evident from the moment we saw him as Fire on Sarafina in 1992, one way or the other Somizi Mhlongo was already destined to be a star. His parents Mary Twala and Ndaba Mhlongo, were already seasoned performers, and it was not a surprise Somizi followed in their footsteps. What wasn’t evident was how Mhlongo would influence a culture and become one of South Africa’s most celebrated entertainers.

Almost three decades after the movie, Mhlongo at 45, is still one of the major players in South African and African entertainment. His brand has enormous power and we don’t see him stopping anytime soon.

To celebrate the entertainer that is Mhlongo, we have decided to round up a couple of things why Somizi is one of a kind and is one of our cultures most popular stars.

His staying power

Okay, let’s do a quick count, how many people do you know who were extremely big in 1992 that are still a big deal now? We really can’t think of anyone except Mhlongo. Yes, there are many stars who have carved careers over the decades, but there are not many whose popularity has even gotten better as they got older. Mhlongo’s career is at a high now way better than many of his peers or many who have come after him. Of course, it’s not a competition, but Mhlongo’s staying power is outstanding and very admirable.

King of comebacks

If there was an award for King of reinvention and comebacks, Mhlongo would win it hands down. A couple of years ago, Mhlongo was away from the spotlight, some people thought he may have retired, but Mhlongo came back onto the scene, having not only reinvented himself but he has become a bigger star.

All round entertainer

Mhlongo has managed to steadily ace being an all-around entertainer. He is the best selling author of his book Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit, a successful reality show star, an Idols South Africa judge, a radio and television personality, an actor, a choreographer and a sought-after MC.

A champion for LGBTQI+ 

Mhlongo has been a champion for LGBTQI+ rights for almost as long as we have known him. He has been vocal about his intolerance of any stigma or discrimination against  LGBTQI+ people. He held a seminar recently to tackle the issues affecting  LGBTQI+. Mhlongo’s ability to be open about his sexuality has also inspired many people to live their lives openly.

Authentic

One of the major reasons Mhlongo has become a household name is his authenticity. He is real. He is himself, whether on the radio, as an Idols judge, on his reality show Living The Dream with Somizi, in interviews or any appearances. He doesn’t fake his accent or how he behaves. His truth makes people love him. It makes some not like him, but when it comes to Somizi, we know he will bring his real self to the table and we applaud that.

 

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We are digging Unathi Nkayi’s brand new Nguwe video

Unathi Nkayi has once again delivered a kick-ass music video.

Nkayi has dropped the video for her song Nguwe and we are in love with it. The song is the lead single for Nkayi’s album Brave, True and Strong.

Nkayi is dancing in the rain in a shimmering black jumpsuit, with the rain and a vintage Jaguar as her background. It then switches to Nkayi laying in model Tayo Faniran arms on a couch. Faniran plays her love interest in the video. The video is filled with smiles and exchanges between the two. It’s clean, yet colourful.

The visuals of Unathi in the bathtub pretty dope, and she loved filming them.

‘I wanted to create something sensual and intimate with the video. We did that.’

Director Justin Campus managed to capture Nkayi’s vision well. The intimacy and sensual elements were executed well.

Watch the video below: 

 

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Social media goes crazy over Kelly Khumalo

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Kelly Khumalo is once again the talk of Twitter – but this time her armpits are the topic discussion.

The Asine singer was a guest judge on Idols SA on Sunday night but then the tweets on the #IdolsSA tag quickly turned from Kelly’s first TV appearance in a while to her “unbleached armpits.”

Kelly is yet to react to the nasty comments.

Armpit critics aside, plenty of Twitter users also pointed out Kelly would make a great permanent addition to the Idols judging panel.

SEE: Somizi has us in chuckles again

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You can say whatever you want but when it comes to television and radio personality Somizi Mhlongo, no one knows how to make us laugh on social media like he does.

Somizi took to his Instagram today to post a picture of himself and his parents when he was young pocking fun at the fact that his mom knew he was gay at a very young age.

Here’s a look at the post;

Somizi ‘shuts’ down a fan

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Media personality, reality show star and Idols South Africa judge Somizi Mhlongo is hosting the upcoming red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, as much as this is great news there are a few people who always try to find something to ‘attack’ celebrities about.

Like a fan who after hearing that Somizi is hosting the red carpet took a swipe at Somizi saying; “The date is too close. When will he find the time to rehearse all those lines in proper English!”.

After he saw the tweet Somizi in true style didn’t let the fan go, instead he ‘shut’ the fan up with the tweet below;

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Somizi wins, again

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Media personality, reality show star and Idols South Africa judge Somizi Mhlongo is really owning 2017 in many ways. Hot off the heals of his book Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit becoming a huge sold out success, Somizi is headed to Los Angeles, USA.

The well known choreographer and author is hosting the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards on the 28th of August.

For someone who at some point seemed like he was down and out Somizi is a true example of an unbreakable spirit and he inspires us all greatly.

Go slay them SomGaga!