Letoya Makhene Biography
Letoya Makhene is a South African actress, singer and TV personality. She was born on 7 September 1984 in Coronationville but brought up in Eldorado Park, Fleurhof, Oaklands and Orange Grove.
Due to the fact that the family moved around a lot she attended several primary schools. Like any child, she disliked most of them except for Saxonwold Primary, which as she put it, “was a mini version of The National School of Arts”.
Letoya got her first break at a young and tender age of nine when she appeared in a television ad for sweets, and several television appearances followed. She performed a duet with her father at the Africa For Aids Concert which took place at Sun City in the same year and following that, she had her picture splashed all over the newspapers, which once again opened many doors for the young talent.
At the age of ten she went to Ghana for the Panafest where she brought the house down with her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’. She became a presenter on KTV and later moved on to YoTV, where she became the anchor presenter for the Disney UNESCO children’s summit in France.
When Letoya moved on to high school she chose to attend the school of arts, a decision that her folks whole-heartedly supported. It was in the eighth grade that Letoya became part of a music group called ‘s’kool Girlz, a band that consisted of Letoya, her two sisters and her cousin.
She did drama for about three years and then decided to move on to contemporary music. After being in her first year of contemporary music she was moved up, so basically she did Gr 10 and 11 in one year. In that same year she took the honors of Best pianist as well as Best vocalist, and was bestowed with full colors in music.
‘S’kool Girlz kept the girls busy from morning till night. Music had always been a passion, but landing a job as a VJ on Channel O hadn’t even crossed her mind. An agent called up one day to tell her about Channel O auditions.
Letoya Makhene Age | Letoya Makhene Date of Birth
She was born on 7 September 1984.
Letoya Makhene Sangoma
Letoya left the screen in 2003 to take an eight-month training course at an initiation school to become a sangoma but after a while she put her sangoma duties to one side until she can find a safe place for her practice.
Letoya Makhene Husband
She was married to Zimbabwean Priviledge Mangesi. She divorced her ex-husband after nine years of marriage. She had three children, Nubia, Tadiwa and Tamuda with her ex-husband.
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Letoya Makhene Music Career
She made her musical debut at the age of 9, when she performed with her father, the legendary, Blondie Makhene, at an AIDS Awareness Concert at the superbowl in Sun City. She shared the stage with the likes of Brenda Fassie, Lucky Dube, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and many more- being the youngest performing artist on that show-performing in front of thousands!
Letoya turned 10 and her dad felt that the budding star was ready for her first international tour with Blondie and Amaqabane. They went to Ghana, Accra for the Panafest, where Letoya brought the audience to tears with her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You.’ Letoya also got to jam with Stevie Wonder as he played the piano.
Letoya’s musical journey continued to soar as she was asked to perform the closing song for the Commonwealth Games at only 11 years of age!
Letoya Makhene Sisters
In 1998, at only 14 years of age, Letoya and her sisters formed the popular girl group, s’Kool Girlz. Singing and dancing for the youth of South Africa and giving their parents a lot to look forward to, with ‘Pampiri’ and other songs from their album and their high energy performances! Through their music and their HIV/AIDS Awareness work, s’Kool Girlz were officially asked by ex-president, Thabo Mbeki, to join the South African government and the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS, adding ‘HIV/AIDS Ambassador’, to this young star’s already big profile.
Two years later, s’Kool Girlz released their second album, called ‘The Party Goes On’, with a slightly more mature feel to it, but still appealing to the youth. With songs like ‘Nomathemba’ and ‘Never Leave You’, the industry grew to respect this group and in all the nine provinces, the girls were welcomed with open arms.
After the sudden and unexpected death of their mom, Agnes Makhene, the girls pretty much put a stop to live performances and recordings, using the time to grieve and heal.
Later on, Letoya started recording tracks with other artists, featuring on albums such as ‘Time’ by Hugh Masekela, with the track ‘Old Folks’ which also featured the star studded Kwaito group, Trompies. Not forgetting the hit song, ‘Laku Shon’ Ilanga’, which she recorded with the band, The Brand New Second Hands. Letoya then went on to feature on Blondie Makhene’s album, ‘Sthunywa Sam’.
Letoya Makhene Songs| Letoya Makhene Music
- Keep on Trying
- The One
- Rapadise Road
Letoya Makhene Traditional Healer
There was confusion that the actress had stopped being a traditional healer but she went to social media to affirm to her fans that she has not stopped.During an interview with Bona magazine recently Letoya revealed that she had stopped consulting with clients at her previous practice due to safety reasons. However, this was just a temporary break.
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Letoya Makhene Sangoma
Letoya Makhene: We don’t accept killer ‘sangoma’, it is the work of a witch
Generations: The Legacy actress Letoya Makhene is so over traditional healers being painted with the same brush and wants the world to know that her people are “healers” not killers.
Letoya joined the wave of outrage since the disappearance of two children in Witbank, who were apparently killed by a traditional healer and their body parts used in a muti ritual.
Two bodies believed to be those of a little girl and her one-year-old nephew were discovered last month. The deaths have led to conversations around muti and traditional healers. The little girl was living with albinism and TimesLIVE reported that her nephew was mistaken for another child from the same household who also has albinism.
Letoya, who is a traditional healer, took to social media this week to share her outrage at the killings and said the sangoma allegedly involved in the killings was not part of the healing craft.
“I am not ok! This is not ok! I can’t even hold back my tears. These are babies! My people are healers. My people restore lives. My people are God’s children. This work was not done by iSangoma or iNyanga. This is the work of umthakathi (a witch).”
The star, who runs a practice in Johannesburg, was rumoured to have quit her work as a healer after moving her practice last year. She took to social media at the time to set the record straight.
“So apparently I’ve quit my work as a traditional healer? Yes. I did put practicing on hold for a brief while, while moving my practice. My practice is up and running again and I’ve found nothing but joy in the healing work that I’ve done even with my more complex cases.”