This is the biography of Dingaan Khumalo is a South African actor, singer, voice artist, and presenter who is best known for his role as James Motsamai in the popular soap opera Muvhango on SABC2. He has also appeared in other TV shows, commercials, and reality shows.
Early Life and Education
Dingaan Khumalo was born on 26 January 1978 in Limpopo Province, South Africa. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, who was the sole breadwinner of the family. His biological father was unaware of his existence until 2016, when Dingaan searched for him and reconciled with him. He then changed his name from Dingaan Mokebe to Dingaan Mokebe ka Khumalo.
Dingaan had a challenging childhood as his family struggled financially. He could not pursue higher education but had access to life’s necessities. He developed an interest in acting and music from a young age and participated in school plays and choir competitions.
Dingaan Khumalo Acting Career
The actor made his television debut in 1998, when he landed a role as Dingaan, a barman who feared and respected his boss, Sunny Jacobs, in Generations. He played the role for two years until he was fired for expressing dissatisfaction with the lack of development of his character.
In 2003, Dingaan joined Muvhango, a Tshivenda language drama series on SABC2. He plays the role of James Motsamai, a successful businessman who is involved in various conflicts and romances with other characters. He has been with the show for almost 20 years and has become one of its most popular and longest-serving actors.
Besides acting, Dingaan is also a singer, voice artist, and presenter. He has released several songs, such as “Sondela” and “Mina Nawe”, which showcase his vocal talent and versatility. Dingaan has also lent his voice to various radio and TV commercials, such as Smirnoff Red, Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge, Motsweding FM, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola Mega Millions, and Klipdrift.
Dingaan has also hosted several TV shows, such as Speak Out, Zaziwa, and Community Builder. He has also participated in reality shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Nna Sajene Kokobela.
Dingaan Khumalo Personal life
Khumalo is currently single and has one child. He previously dated Tsholofelo Matshaba, a radio personality and actress. They later broke up and they have a child together.
Dingaan is a private person who does not share much about his personal life on social media. He prefers to focus on his career and family. He is also a philanthropist who supports various causes and charities.
Awards and Nominations
Dingaan has received several accolades for his work in the entertainment industry. Some of them are:
- Best Actor in a TV Soap Award nomination at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) in 2010 for his role in Muvhango.
- Best Presenter award nomination at the Royalty Soapie Awards in 2013 for his role in Speak Out.
- Best Actor award at the Golden Horn Awards nomination in 2015 for his role in Muvhango.