How Old Was Leleti Khumalo (Age) When She Acted Sarafina

Real Age Of Leleti Khumalo When She Acted Sarafina

People had been asking about the age of Khumalo Leleti when she debuted on the South African trending movie, Sarafina. So how old was she?

Leleti Khumalo is a South African female, born and raised in KwaMashu township, located at north of Durban in South Africa. Her interest and passion for acting did not start recently as she has from young age been committed to acting. While still a little girl, she joined a youth dance group named Amajika, and was then directed and managed by Tu Nokwe.

She has been in some local scene till 15 years after she was given birth to, she auditioned for Mbongeni Ngema musical in 1985, which blew up and became an international blockbuster Sarafina!

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Information about Leleti Khumalo and her age when she featured on Sarafina was shared by Bioagenetworth.com.

Khumalo Leleti was 15 years old when she acted Sarafina.

Then it was Ngema who wrote the main character of Sarafina whose role Khumalo carried out pretty well. While acting, Ngema and Khumalo got married, though it did not last as they got divorced, Khumalo Leleti currently, is married to a business man by name Skhutazo Winston Khanyile with whom both gave birth to kids which happened to be twins and their names are Ulwenzile and Yamukelani Khanyile.

Khumalo has been playing the role of Sarafina so well both on the stages of South Africa, Broadway and other places that she as honored with Tony Award nomination in 1988 for the best actress in Musical.

Her Broadway run extended for a period of two years, from there the production team began to embark on worldwide tour.

Back in 1987, she received an award, NAACP Image Award as the Best Stage Actress, after about four to five years, in 1992, she featured together with some other top actors like Miriam Makeba, John Kani, and the American actress, Whoopi Goldberg. They debuted in Darrell James Roodt’s version of the Sarafina movie which was internationally adopted, and became the highest movie production in the Africa continent at large.

Sarafina Movie A True Life Story, Story Line

Sarafia movie which had it’s lead cast as Leleti Khumalo is all about the 1976 Soweto Youth Uprisings, it portrays the tales of a young girl who is not scared to speak up and defend her rights which inspired her peers to rise up and protest against the oppressions faced by the leaders in various levels, the apartheid and racist government of her time, the protest garnered much momentum after her motivational and inspirational teacher by name Goldberg (Mary Masombuka) was imprisoned and unjustly murdered.

The movie has been going on, in 16th June 2006 Sarafina! was re-released to remember the anniversary of the Uprisings headed by the youths in Soweto.

In 2022, Sarafina! celebrated it’s 30th year anniversary as it continues to premier on popular South African channels like e.TV.

Khumalo also had some interest in music as she then released her album Leleti and Sarafina back in 1993.

She also featured in some excellent movies like Invictus, Yesterday,  Imbewu: The Seed, Hotel Rwanda etc.

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