Tropika recently announced the launch of Tropika Smoooth Fan – a new live celebrity quiz show which is set to find the smooothest fans of some of Mzansi’s hottest celebrities. Rorisang Thandekiso has been announced as the host of the show’s debut season and now, the impressive list of A-list celebrities who will take part on the show have officially been announced.
A list of celebrities on the first season;
Khanyi Mbau is one of the country’s most prominent television personalities. The star started her career on SABC 2’s hit soap Muvhango back in 2004 and has gone on to host shows like The Scoop and The Big Secret while racking up quite the acting portfolio. Khanyi has also added author and radio host to her resumé over the past few years proving that there is nothing that she can’t tackle.
The star’s personal life hasn’t been without controversy, but her determination, talent and personality has helped her become one of the biggest stars in South Africa today. “I am so excited to appear on Tropika Smoooth Fan,” Khanyi says. “Over the years, my fanbase has been my greatest asset. They’ve stuck with me through the good and the bad times and now, it’s time to put them to the test and see just how well they know me.”
Letoya Makhene is an actress, singer and TV personality who has shot to fame over the past few years. Letoya’s career started when she was cast in an advert at the tender age of nine, and she went on to present on various youth-orientated TV shows including YoTV.
When she was 14, Letoya formed the group S’kool Girlz with her sisters which saw the star break into the music industry. Letoya’s presenting career got a boost after she became a co-host on the second season of Idols South Africa and appeared in popular soapies like Isidingo and Generations.
Today, the star plays Tshidi on Generations: The Legacy. “I’m really looking forward to meeting my biggest fan on the show! Tropika Smoooth Fan is an exciting new concept and I am so excited to be a part of it,” Letoya says. “My fans should enter because not only do they stand a chance of meeting me, but there are also lots of great prizes that are up for grabs. Oh, and the show promises to be a whole lot of fun!”
Musician Babes Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, spring-boarded the Gqom musical sensation which is currently taking the country by storm with her smash hit ‘Wololo’.
The star has gone on to release multiple hit records as she continues to push herself and her musical genre creatively – something that has garnered her a massive following. “My fans have been incredibly supportive throughout my career so far and I am so excited to see just how much they really know me on Tropika Smoooth Fan,” Babes says. “I am excited to connect with them on a different level on the show so if you think you have what it takes to be my smooothest fan, buy a Tropika today and follow the on-pack instructions to enter!”
Clement Maosa is an actor best known for his role as Zamokuhle ‘Kwaito’ Seakamela on SABC 1’s popular drama Skeem Saam. After initially wanting to be a soldier, Clement set his sights on acting and has proven to be a hit with audiences around the country.
Clement’s role as Kwaito is his first gig in the industry, and has proved to be a hit with audiences and has catapulted Clement into superstardom. “For a person like me, who comes from the rural region of Limpopo, to have made a career for himself in television wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my fans,” Clement says. “So, in everything that I do, I’m aware that there are thousands of people rooting for me. I’m looking forward to meeting some of them, and interacting with them on Tropika Smoooth Fan and seeing just how well they know me. Make sure you buy a Tropika today and enter to prove you’re my smooothest fan.”
Jeannie D is an incredibly talented television personality best known for her presenting gigs on SABC 3’s popular Top Billing, Top Travel and Afternoon Express. Jeannie D is also a radio host on Good Hope FM and has become a seasoned MC at major corporate events around the country.
Her passion for entertainment started at a young age and at age 12 she auditioned for The National School of the Arts.
She truly understands what it takes to be a great presenter and her ability to connect with her audiences has made her one of the experts in her craft. “I’m so excited to meet some of the people who have been with me on my journey in life,” Jeannie D reveals. “They have travelled the world with me and let me into their homes for over a decade. I am so excited to meet some of them, and be a part of them winning some incredible prizes.”
Khaya Dladla is an actor, presenter and entrepreneur who shot to superstardom thanks to his role on the popular SABC 1 drama Uzalo. The star’s passion for entertainment started during his early years after his parents used to send him to drama class.
The star enjoyed all facets of performance and later became a backing vocalist for musicians such as Hugh Masikela and Thandiswa Mazwai. Uzalo is the star’s first break-out television role and has put him on the path to superstardom. “Tropika Smoooth Fan is such an exciting concept and I am really excited about being part of its first season,” Khaya says. “I am looking forward to finding out just how well my fans really know me and to show them how different I am to any character I have placed on television.”
Somizi is a popular choreographer, reality show judge, radio personality and TV presenter. His career began when he was 13 years old where he joined the broadway musical Sarafina! and travelled the world for five years with the production.
He made a name for himself as a choreographer and took on massive projects like Miss South Africa between 1998 and 2008 (and again in 2015) and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
He is now one of the most impressive TV presenters and reality star in South Africa, with a massively loyal following. “I am looking forward to really engaging with people that have supported me over the years, with the people that are my cheerleaders.
I am excited to find out really what makes them think that they are my greatest fans and how much they know of me and about me,” Somizi says. “My biggest fans should enter because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Imagine you see this person on TV, in the papers, you hear them on radio, you see them on social media but you have never met them. Here is your chance to come get a glimpse of what Somizi is really like.”
Bonang Matheba has cemented her spot as one of the most popular celebrities to have ever come out of South Africa. The TV presenter started her career as the host of SABC 1’s popular music show Live, then venturing into radio as a presenter on youth station YFM.
Since then, Bonang’s career has flourished. She has launched multiple fashion lines, became a presenter on Top Billing, hosted a popular radio show on Metro FM, hosted numerous television shows and MC gigs and even appeared in her very own reality show.
Bonang is the epitome of class and sophistication and continues to build an empire with her various projects and endorsement deals. “I believe I have the best fan base in the country – people who have supported me throughout the 15 years of my career.
Tropika Smoooth Fan is a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with individuals who chat to me on a daily basis on social media. It’s fun, it’s proudly South African and a wonderful way for me to say thank you to them for helping me live out my dreams every single day. I look forward to it but mostly – I’m looking forward to seeing the power of the BForce.”
Smoooth Fan will require die-hard fans of these celebrities to put their skills and celeb knowledge to the test in the hopes of making it to the big finale for a chance to win R250 000 cash and a car!
Each episode of Smoooth Fan will be dedicated to a particular celebrity, and will feature four die-hard celebrity fans as they compete in various interactive games – live in studio – in the hopes of being crowned the smooothest fan.
Idols SA Top 17 Bring Their A Game
Good luck and… don’t F it up!
On Sunday night, Mzansi got a taste of what’s to come as the Top 17 battled it out for the much sought after South African Idol title for 2019.
Already, the 15th season of the music competition has come with some pretty interesting twists.
One such twist lies in the fact that for the first time in the show’s history, they’ve gone ahead to have a Top 17, instead of the usual Top 16. Though, this number will be short-lived as in the next two weeks, seven contestants will bite the dust.
The theme of last night’s show was ‘trending’, a challenge which saw the contestant diving into their creative element to belt songs that made waves on their social media timelines over the years.
From Mpumalanga-born Sizwe Hlatshwayo to Capetonian Xola Toto, the contestants wowed the judges who were not short on compliments. There were even two standing ovations from Somizi Mhlongo – one for KwaZulu-Natal’s Mmangaliso Gumbi and the other for twin Virginia Qwabe.
Mmangaliso travelled 550km to get to this point in the competition and tonight proved it was all worth it with her performance of Mlindo’s Egoli. Randall Abrahams made up for all the times he said “no” by giving her three yesses and Unathi Nkayi was thrilled by her performance.
Virginia’s rendition of Kelly Khumalo’s Themba prompted Somizi to call her the perfect star. Unathi said she was an authentically South African performer who was not afraid to be authentic, while Randall commented she showed just what the guys were up against.
Other performances that got the crowds wild with cheering were Virginia’s twin, Viggy, whose performance of Zahara’s Mgodi moved Unathi to tears.
Nolo Seodisha, who sang Talk by Khalid also got kudos from the judges. While Randall said Nolo was probably the best of the male contestants, he wondered whether he really wanted to win enough.
But that is not to say the guys did not have their moments, with Sizwe, the first contestant of the night, generally impressing the judges with Tigi by Sands. Somizi did not think much of his dance moves, but he said his voice gave him goosebumps. Unathi thanked him for giving the song deeper meaning.
The evening ended on a high note, with Xola setting the stage on fire with Black Coffee’s hit Come with Me (You Set My World on Fire). All the judges were unanimous in their compliments, saying she exuded confidence and sang like a seasoned performer.
Voting has started and the five contestants with the most votes automatically get into the Top 10. Next week, the four contestants with the most votes will also secure their place in the Top 10, with one spot being reserved for the wildcard entry – the contestant from either week who get the next highest number of votes.
Tonight’s Top 17 performers and their songs
Sizwe Hlatshwayo: Tigi – Sands
Dinky Kunene: Get you – Daniel Caesar
Mmangaliso Gumbi: Egoli – Mlindo
Louise Nichols: Without Me – Halsey
Andy Keys: Girls Like You – Maroon 5, featuring Cardi B
Virginia Qwabe: Themba – Kelly Khumalo
Viggy Qwabe: Mgodi – Zahara
Nolo Seodisha: Talk – Khalid
Xola Toto: Come with Me (You Set My World on Fire) – Black Coffee
Idols SA season 15 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 5 PM.
5 SA TV Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now!
Watch, stream, binge!
It’s great seeing South African television embracing more nuanced, complex and richer reflections of reality in their approach to storytelling. Someone had to step away from the witchcraft storyline, the rival families who own funeral businesses with dark family secrets, or the Zulu girl who comes to Joburg and loses herself. Here are 5 shows you might really, really want to check out!
The Showmax original chronicles a gripping tale of two young men who navigate their journey to manhood through traditional rites and the social systems that define codes of masculinity.
Asanda (Lihleli Ntini) and Monwabisi (Oros Mampofu) are burdened by the hooks of patriarchy and old family rifts in this brand new series, currently airing its first season on 1Magic, DStv channel 103.
The 13-part drama series also offers a multi layered reading into the very politicised systems in which deeply rooted systemic racism – and the patriarchy embodied and enacted by the characters – finds a brilliantly written platform.
One episode in, and the legitimacy of Ms Busika’s capabilities comes under fire during a job interview, in which the panel is predominantly white and male, two privileged positions of power that blind them from seeing her relevance at the all boys school.
Despite the toxic resistance, she wants to join this predominantly white school, in which patriarchal hegemony is at its fiercest. She’s also upfront about her intentions to transform the culture in the school, a mission which falls on reluctant ears.
The blowback from the panel is, of course, quite chilling.
The show follows the lives of two boys, Asanda and Monwabisi, whose heated rivalry is rooted in an old strife between their families.
The rivalry, which impact different areas of their lives, including their game on the rugby field, their approach to academics and even dating, threatens to send a gun blazing.
The feud is unlikely to go away anytime soon; there’s a murder conspiracy at the root of the war between the families that almost rules out any possibility of a reconciliation.
What we saw during the season one episode of the show, instead, was a troubling glimpse of a gun going off in Monwabisi ‘s hands, who seems pretty adamant to blow Asanda’s brains on the spot.
WHAT WE LOVE
There’s only one episode out, but there’s no lack of evidence that the writing on the show is good.
The most explosive moments have been delivered with a sense of subtlety that allows the audience to engage with key moments very personally. When Ms Busika faces a panel consisting of mostly white men, many people will know the unspoken tensions instantly.
The cast is refreshingly good. We love the blend of veteran thespians, such as Connie Chiume and Zikhona Sodlaka with younger talent like Oros Mampofu and Lihleli Ntini.
For long, the common critique has targeted the reluctance by South African broadcasters to depart from old tropes of the black experience and give us something new and elevated. You watch How To Get Away With Murder, or Scandal, or The Chi, even Atlanta, and get a sense that Hollywood is moving beyond stale and problematic portrayals of blackness.
It’s not that Hollywood is without its problems when it comes to their relationship with blackness; we know nothing could be further from the truth. It’s that we are seeing a growing commitment to transform storytelling and commissioning over there.
The Republic shuns the limited spectrum of local television to take on the broader political ecosystem that is such a colourful topic for everyday conversations in South Africa. The world through the lenses of a female president is perfectly utopian, yet very current in its treatment of women as more.
The shots from the Union Buildings are appreciated; it gets us out of the same shebeen we kept seeing on the channels.
The drama follows the political worlds of President Lufuno (Florence Masebe), who is kidnapped as part of a filthy ploy to extort hefty funds from the government.
Award winning actor, Warren Masemola, plays a certain Thabang Manaka, a fallen hero trying to make amends for his past mistakes. The show also stars critically acclaimed actress, Masasa Mbangeni, who nails the role of a Bridget Ranaka, who leads the President’s PR team.
The main storyline attempts to mirror contemporary politics and the drama therein. In 2009 when president Kgalema Motlanthe’s term in office ended, he was replaced by President Hendrik Mbuli whose presidency was riddled with corruption and looting of state funds.
Mbuli is fired from government making way for the party’s secretary Lufuno to take the reins as president. We meet President Mulaudzi who has spent two years fighting corruption and prosecuting those who benefitted from Mbuli’s presidency – including Mbuli himself.
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THE REPUBLIC
The drone shots are pure luxury, especially when they scale the Union Buildings. It creates a unique atmosphere and feeling that gives off a hint of that ‘current affairs’ texture.
I love that the show is daring, tackling issues that affect every South African on a larger scale, and finds a way to translate them into an entertaining drama that does not exist on the periphery of the conversations being had in every South African household.
We didn’t know Florence Masebe as President is everything we’ve prayed for. Also, Florence Masebe should run for President in real life.
LIVING THE DREAM WITH SOMIZI
Personally, I find Living The Dream with Somizi to be understated in its transformative role in dismantling the hooks of heteronormativity that keep the lives and realities of the LGBTQI+ community ‘othered’ and unknown.
The show is loved mainly because Somizi is so damn entertaining, for one. But this time, there are deeper moments for the culture.
On its fourth season on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161, the reality show combines the usual glossy texture with some less than smooth realities that confront Somizi in his journey to marriage.
The media icon and his fiancé, Mohale Motaung, are clearly in love. It shows every time they are on screen and it’s a refreshing sight, one which gives new tools for understanding the unique situations facing a gay couple as they journey to marriage.
What’s really important about this season for me, is the fact that you get to see how marriage really does involve the marrying of the two families, which presents unique challenges where gay couples are involved.
The usual panics and stresses that attend to the organising of weddings look really good on Somizi, who loves everything being over the top. In sharing his life, Somgaga really is unsettling older frameworks of knowing queer relationships.
WHAT WE LOVE
This season features on this list because Somizi embodies the true essence of authenticity. He gets to be entertaining and loved by everyone for his larger than life personality, but he also allows himself to be vulnerable. It’s really such an interesting show to watch right now.
There’s literally nothing not to love about Bonang, who has worked her way to arguably being the country’s most talked about media personality.
As greedy as we can be, she gives us absolutely everything! The chic fashion and glam, the quotables that have come to capture the culture and the T-shirt section of an online store, the theatrics, the globetrotting and lots of champagne, darling!
She’s such a delight to watch and there aren’t many who can dispute that.
Though to be quite honest, I struggled to get into the show when it first started in 2017.
Bonang, in my imagination, had been very elusive. She had that rare enigma that the world’s biggest stars are able to possess while sustaining a crazy amount of interest in their lives. She’d mastered the art of keeping a low profile while capturing headlines, often in absentia. So when I found out she had a reality show coming out, I didn’t know what to think.
The first season came. It was okay. Fun.
We got a glimpse into her world, and what kinds of environments bring about the thriving of the most successful figures in SA pop culture. We got the work ethic that knew no bounds, we got an almost-there document of her then relationship with AKA and the hilarious chronicles of her friendships with Lorna and fave cousin, Pinky Girl.
It’s during season two that I really started to get the whole vibe.This is a fun reality show that follows Bonang Matheba being Bonang Matheba. Nothing more, nothing less.
It’s what you order for a Friday night session with the day ones. There’s a lot to laugh about, enough to celebrate and enough to yank your mind off things. “This season is about money”. she promises.
Where there’s drama, it’s because she’s not finding the perfect dress for the next party she wants to throw.
Where there’s panic it’s because a gown has not been delivered minutes before she takes to stage at a conference attended by noted dignitaries
So when season three finally premiered on 1Magic recently, I’d already been converted into a superfan of the show. This time though, the entrepreneur shows us new levels of her journey as the CEO of her MCC brand, The House of BNG.
She’s managed to parlay the power of her own brand to help the take off of her successful bubbly. Viewers of the show will know that her love for champagne gave birth to many a viral sayings.
WHAT WE LOVE
It’s inspiring. If I had a daughter, I would want her to watch (with me, because I’d have to say something about not drinking champagne and driving etc). Watching Bonang’s growth has been a truly uplifting and rewarding experience. She’s in charge of how she’s presented, and it’s because that image later translates to emerging empires. She makes it make sense, and we are here for all of it.
SURVIVOR SA: ISLAND OF SECRETS
It took me a while to try out the local franchise of this iconic show, simply because I love the main version so much that I couldn’t bear the sight of watching a sad slump. However, after much hype on social media, I finally gave it a go.
… Never regretted it! The 7th season of Survivor SA is literally one of the best things I’ve seen in competitive South African reality television.
The quality, the casting (which could obviously do with some more diversity), and all the machinations that make this show so damn addictive are all in there.
If you like the original Survivor, the local version will certainly interest you. The psychological schemes the contestants deploy to advance their game are just as cold and as cutting. Tribal council is just as interesting (sometimes bizarre, obvs), Nico holds his own as the host and the show, all round is quite exhilarating to watch.
WHAT WE LOVE
We love everything about it that you’d like about Survivor. The occasional blindsides, survival in the tropical locations, the backstabbing and the works. It’s just really good television.
E! Africa Announces Anele Mdoda As Celebrity Game Night Host
Let the games begin!
E! Entertainment Television has announced that one of the biggest stars on South African television, Anele Mdoda, will host its newest local production, Celebrity Game Night.
Joining her as team captains will be South Africa’s cuddliest comedian, Jason Goliath (Larger Than Life, Man In A Van), and gorgeously gracious actress and presenter, Ayanda Thabethe (Top Billing).
Together, they will bring audiences bucket loads of fun and laughs as they gather with a group of your favourite celebrities for an evening of raucous entertainment. The ten, one-hour episode series will begin production in Johannesburg this week and will premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv channel 124).
“I’m so excited to host Celebrity Game Night on E! and can’t wait for viewers to join the party! Hanging out with Jason, Ayanda and our top celebrity guests on my sofas is going to be hilariously wild. Let the games begin!” said Anele Mdoda.
“Be warned – this isn’t a typical game show. Joining Celebrity Game Night as a team captain and trying to wrangle a crowd of stars with Anele and Ayanda is going to be epically entertaining” commented Jason Goliath. “My team is going to have plenty of laughs – but more importantly, we’re also going to win.”
“Celebrity Game Night is going to be the hottest A-list ticket in town” added Ayanda Thabethe. “If you’ve ever wondered how the rich and famous let their hair down and have a good time…this is the show for you! It’s going to be so much fun I don’t think it will feel like work.”