Somizi thanks Beyoncé and Tina Knowles for the 'love and respect' they showed Mary Twala

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Somizi poses with his mother, veteran actor, Mary Twala.
Somizi poses with his mother, veteran actor, Mary Twala.
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  • Somizi Mhlongo thanked Beyoncé and Tina Knowles for the "love and respect" they showed his mother, Mary Twala during the filming of Black Is King.
  • Mary Twala portrayed the role of Rafiki in Black Is King, which marked her final on-screen performance before her death.
  • Tina Knowles said in an Instagram post that Beyoncé shared with her the "sad news" that Mary Twala died.
  • In the post Tina referred to Mary as a "wonderful legend" saying: "May she rest in eternal peace."


In an Instagram post, Somizi Mhlongo thanked Beyoncé and Tina Knowles for the "love and respect" they showed his mother, Mary Twala, during the filming of Black Is King

"I have all the rights to brag about the queen that is my mother.....what a way to exit mother earth ...... 60 year career nogaal......thank u @mstinalawson @beyonce for the love and respect u gave my mom even when she was alive during the filming, [sic]" Somizi wrote.

The Idols SA judge shared a screengrab of the Instagram post, in which Tina said that Beyoncé shared with her the "sad news" of the iconic South African actor's death. 

Mary died at age 80 on 4 July and had an illustrious career in film, TV and theatre, spanning over six decades.

Following the release of Black is King, Somizi said that he was a "super proud son" confirming that Black Is King was the last project his mother worked on before her death.

Black Is King accompanies the album The Lion King: The Gift, which Beyoncé curated for Disney's remake of the 1994 animated classic, The Lion King - and is currently available on DStv Catch Up for a limited time only.

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