Lebo Mathosa, kwaito queen, as she’s never been seen before
From her Boom Shaka roots to the endless Brenda Fassie comparison, Lebo Mathosa was taken from us too soon.
Discovered at only 17, Lebo Mathosa was thrust into the limelight and now, 13 years after her death, her legacy lives on with Dream: The Lebo Mathosa Story.
3 reasons to watch Dream: The Lebo Mathosa Story
1. She was audacious
The South African music industry has been blessed with a plethora of talent, and throughout the country’s darkest times, music, just like sport (did someone mention the Rugby World Cup 2019?) has had the magical effect of uniting a nation divided by ethnicity, language and so much else. One such unifying factor was Lebo Mathosa – lead singer of 90s kwaito group Boom Shaka – who had an infectious stage presence and whose wardrobe and costumes shocked fans to the core… but in a good way. That’s the first reason to watch the six-part series – to see the daring musician’s life and how she captivated audiences.
2. It features old and new talent
It’s a fusion of seasoned actors and fresh newcomers. Playing the young Lebo is 24-year-old Bahumi Madisakwane, who’s in the reality show Living the Dream With Somizi with her father, Somizi Mhlongo. Adult Lebo is portrayed by singer and 7de Laan actress KB Motsilanyane. Both KB and Lebo were members of groups while starting their music careers, but their paths were totally different as KB became successful once she was a solo artist.
3. You get to see her life with all the gritty details
This biopic is not just a look at Lebo the public figure. The series goes behind the scenes to tell the story of a girl who had a tough upbringing while only being raised by her foster mother. A pivotal feature in her life, albeit negative, was the pastor from Daveyton, Johannesburg who recruited Lebo’s biological mother into the church. So pervasive was his charm that he went around the country and preyed on young girls from destitute families, and as the man of the cloth, it was easy for mothers to believe him when he claimed he wanted to help their daughters. Bringing the pastor’s role to life is veteran actor Sello Maake ka Ncube who currently hosts Mzansi Wethu’s reality show, Abobaba.
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