Chit Chat: Letoya Mangezi

2011-06-24 10:18

What have you been up to over the past four years?
Work. I’ve been doing a lot of corporate performances. I also got very busy with voice-overs and session work.

I’ve been running my sangoma practice and raising my family.

What happened to the Idols ­presenter job? Why didn’t you continue?

I went into sangoma initiation school immediately after Idols, graduated and opened my practice.

Also, Idols didn’t renew my contract and I was more than happy to hand over the torch.

What happened to your band with your sisters?

After our mum passed on, we just started focusing on our individual strengths.

It was really hard since she was our biggest fan. But we needed to heal and, believe it or not, we’re still healing.

Is it true that you got married and started a family?
Yes, I’ve been married to Privilege Mangezi for six years and we have three babies.

Our daughter Nubia is five, and our sons Tadiwa and Tamuda are three years and four months, respectively.

Will you ever shave your ­dreadlocks?
I did it once. It was scary but liberating.
Although, I’ll never do it again because I feel that my dreads complete Letoya as a person and a brand.

Being a daughter of the great musician Blondie, do you feel the pressure to carry on your father’s legacy?
I don’t feel pressured. But I am very passionate about music and it only feels right to carry on with daddy’s legacy.

We don’t plan jam sessions, but they often do happen when we get together – jamming and a lot of talking.

What’s your acting background? Is this your first job?

I majored in drama at the National School of the Arts and I have had a lot of small roles. But this is my first big role.

I was part of the first Soul Buddyz at age 15. Then I did a Franz Marx production called The Res.

I was also on Rhythm City and last year I did a short film called My Zulu Wedding, where I had the lead role.

Who are you on Isidingo?
I play the gorgeous and vivacious Ayanda Diale, adopted daughter of the Sibekos.

How did I end up on the show? I auditioned just like everyone else.

You’ve been in and out of the industry. Do you notice any changes this time around?
I have been off the screen, but I’ve been very active within the industry.

I’ve noticed that girls are wearing less, weaves are damaging hairlines and unless you’re a performer who is willing to stand on a table and dance for attention, there’s not a single journalist who will really take interest. It doesn’t matter how good your work is.

But change is good and it keeps us on our toes. I’m just glad to be in a professional environment with highly skilled actors here on the set of Isidingo.

What would you eat for your last supper?

Anything, as long as it’s been cooked by my mum.

Name three things you can’t live without.

Mpepho because it clears my space of negative energies, allowing me to always be at one with myself.

My God because He is my maker, giver of life, my protector and my inner voice.

My family because they are my greatest blessing. Without them there is no me.

You have dabbled in presenting, singing and now acting. Have you found your true passion?

I am truly passionate about all three, but music is my first ­love. I am in the process of ­finishing my album.

I really love performing. That’s why I’ve allowed myself to do corporate ­performances.

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