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Top Billing: Harmony Katulondi Joins The Presenter Family

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We’ve been having ample fun introducing the fresh faces who have joined the SABC 3 presenter line-up following their impressive performances on Presenter Search on 3. It’s refreshing to see the industry’s infamously hardened doors open up to new and exciting personalities.

Harmony Katulondi Top Billing

RELATED: RYLE DE MORNY PROMISES A FRESH ENERGY FOR TOP BILLING 

Today we are turning our focus to Harmony Katulondi, who is one of the few new additions who wooed judges Patience Stevens, DJ Fresh, Sbusiso Kumalo and Jeannie D as they paced through various challenges to prove they have what it takes to pilot television shows.

RELATED: GET TO KNOW TOP BILLING’S FRESHEST FACE – DR. FEZ 

Harmony was an instant hit with fans on the show, thanks to his elegant presenting style that is only enhanced by an enviable fashion style. Katulondi crept into the hearts of viewers at home and the Presenter Search on 3 judges. And now he joins the Top Billing family as a new presenter.

Let’s get to know him!

What has been the highlight of your time on Presenter Search on 3?

Having my mom be the one to tell me that I made it to the Top 10 stands out. I could just sense how proud I had made her. Her genuine happiness and joy laced with selfless love is what I felt as she celebrated me.

What has been the biggest lesson this experience has taught you?

My Presenter Search on 3 experience taught me that I got what it takes to be a great presenter and that I needed just a little polish here and there but that I am more than good enough. It also taught me not be afraid of allowing the real me to come out – that’s who and what the judges were looking for. Also, it taught me to be proud of who I am and to focus on my strengths and not my weaknesses.

How would you describe your presenting style?

Harmonious, classy and elegant yet relatable. I present like I’m your mom’s favourite son but also who you secretly want to be. A presenting style that is a beautiful blend of an amazing voice, interesting look/personality, creative play on words and genuine interest in the guest and what’s going on.

Your mother is the owner of a fashion brand, growing up with fashion as an influence, how would you describe your fashion sense?

My fashion sense can’t really be boxed but, if a description was really needed then I would say it’s an interesting harmony of what would be considered modern African couture. I’m not afraid to be very bold where as other times there’s just a touch of African print. I love my suits, dressing up and being a gentleman but I also slay in streetwear, sportswear and casual wear.

What are you going to be bringing to Top Billing?

Speaking French will allow me to add to the international flare of Top Billing. My diverse background, upbringing & curious nature will also bring an interesting perspective to the segments – not forgetting the fact that I’m an African king bringing a new age and modern African elements while opening doors to some of the treasures Africa has to offer.

Describe the moment you heard your name and were officially one of the winners of Presenter Search on 3.

Humbled. It was such a humbling feeling to have God answer your prayers and have you experience the beginning of your dream come true. It was a lot of work, learning, believing and hoping, almost like holding your breath and now I could exhale. It left me feeling so blessed.

Now that you have stepped into your role on Top Billing, have the first few episodes been everything you thought it would be or have there been a few surprises for you?

I think that winning my dream job has not sunk in yet and now that I’ve stepped into my new role as a presenter on Top Billing and done the first few episodes, I realise that I was right.

This is one of the best jobs in the world. It’s been so much fun travelling, meeting such awesome people and getting to have an interview them (which I consider as actually just having a conversation with them on camera), discovering and uncovering their stories.

This, alongside eating good food and doing an activity makes for an incredibly fun time on set. But, at the end of the day, this is a job after all. We work really hard to bring you the best of the good life and in order to do that, we have very interesting call times and wrap times. Sometimes we start really early and then end really late but it’s well worth it.

Do you have any pre-show rituals you do in order to prepare yourself before going live? 

All I do is pray. It gives me peace and helps me focus.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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