Mzansi Profiles! People Jesse Suntele Biography| Early Life and Education, Career, Personal Life

Jesse Suntele Biography| Early Life and Education, Career, Personal Life

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This is the biography of Jesse Suntele, he is a multi-talented South African actor, model, rapper and television personality. He is best known for his role as Mzi on Rhythm City.

Early Life and Education

Jesse Suntele was born on September 18th, 1992, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He attended Fairsand Primary School for his primary education before relocating to Bloemfontein in grade 4. After completing his matriculation at St. Joseph’s Christian Brothers College, he moved back to Johannesburg to study Sound Engineering at the Academy of Sound Engineering.

Jesse Suntele Career

In 2013, Jesse Suntele made his breakthrough into the entertainment industry as a contestant on the SABC 1 reality competition “U Can Do It,” landing a spot in the Top 10. The following year, he secured his first credited television acting role in the season finale of the SABC 1 documentary-drama “Ngempela.”

His career gained momentum in 2015 with a guest appearance on SABC 1’s “Generations: The Legacy” and a recurring role on the soapie “Ashes to Ashes.” In 2016, Suntele clinched victory in the second season of BET’s “Top Actor Africa,” catapulting him into the spotlight. He then debuted on the Mzansi Magic telenovela “The Queen” as Tuelo, showcasing his versatility by portraying a dual identity character.


Jesse Suntele Biography

Jesse Suntele Biography( Image Credit: Instagram @jesse_suntele_)

In 2017, Suntele expanded his repertoire by hosting BET’s entertainment and variety show “BET A-List” and participating in Vuzu Amp’s reality competition “The Hustle” under the moniker “J-Flo.” His performance earned him a nomination for Hunk of the Year at the Feather Awards.

Transitioning to primetime television, Suntele joined the cast of the soapie “Rhythm City” in 2018, embodying the character of Nqaba. Most recently, in 2022, he joined the cast of the South African Netflix drama series “Savage Beauty” as Phila Bhengu.

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Jesse Suntele Music

In addition to his acting prowess, Suntele showcases his musical talent under the alias J-Flo. His singles “High by the Beach” and “Outta Town” have garnered attention, with the latter featuring on Kelly Khumalo’s track “Jehova.” In May 2021, he released his debut EP, “What Did You Expect.


Jesse Suntele’s filmography is a testament to his versatility and talent in the entertainment industry.

Here is a look at his diverse portfolio;

2014 Ngempela as Sandile
2015–2016 Ashes to Ashes as Kabelo
2015 Generations as Himself guest star
2016 Mutual Friends as Himself guest star
2016 BET A-List as Host
2016 The Queen as Tuelo (“Officer Bae”)
2017 The Hustle Himself (J-Flo) as contestant
2018 Rhythm City as Mzi
2022 Savage Beauty as Phila Bhengu
2023 In Your Dreams as Marcus
2023 The Estate as Thato

Jesse SuntelePersonal Life

Jesse Suntele is a married man. He tied the knot with his girlfriend Thuthu Maqhosh, in an intimate traditional wedding ceremony in April 2024.

Jesse Suntele Biography

Jesse Suntele Biography( Image Credit: Instagram @jesse_suntele_)

The newlyweds recently welcomed their baby into the world. Although, the couple was expecting twins, only one baby survived.


Happily ever after: Jesse and Thuthu tie the knot in black and white-themed traditional ceremony

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