This is the biography of Dumisani Dlamini, a South African actor, producer, and filmmaker. He has made a name for himself in both the local and international film industry. The thespian is best known for his role in the musical drama and stage play Sarafina!, which was adapted into a film in 1992. He is also the father of American rapper and singer Doja Cat.
Early Life and Education
Dumisani Dlamini was born on October 23, 1963, in Durban, South Africa. He belongs to an African family and has a passion for art and creativity. Dumisani attended Durban High School but did not complete his formal education.
Dumisani Dlamini Acting Career
Dlamini started his career as an actor in the late 1980s. He appeared in several TV shows and films, such as Stander, Drum and Homecoming. The actor gained recognition for his portrayal of the leader of the Zulu warriors who fought against the British colonial rule in South Africa. His performance was so impressive that he was offered to star in Sarafina! as Crocodile, which became one of the most successful musicals in South Africa.
Sarafina! features songs by Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, who were both prominent figures in the anti-apartheid movement. The musical was performed on stage from 1989 to 1992 and received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
In 1992, Sarafina! was adapted into a film directed by John Trengove and starring Dumisani Dlamini. The film won several awards at international film festivals.
After Sarafina!, Dumisani Dlamini continued to work as an actor in various films and TV shows. Some of his notable works include Yizo Yizo, Muvhango and The Wife.
Dumisani Dlamini is also a producer and composer who has worked on several projects related to music and culture. He produced the soundtrack for Sarafina! which featured songs by Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Johnny Clegg, Sipho Mabuse & The Soul Brothers Band; he also composed music for some of his films such as Drum (1991) and Homecoming (1995).
Dumisani Dlamini Personal Life
Dlamini met US woman Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer in the 1990s and they had a brief relationship before breaking up. Deborah later gave birth to their daughter, Doja Cat, born Zandile Dlamini. He later married Nomsa Mabaso and they have a son, Thabo Dumisani Dlamini (born 1997).
Dumisani Dlamini is proud of his daughter’s achievements but has not been able to meet her personally. Doja Cat has expressed her desire to meet her father and sometimes fails to because of her tight musical schedules.
In 2023, he paid lobola for Ophelia Mulela.