Biography: Kabomo Vilakazi is a South African actor, singer, writer, poet, editor, musician, producer, and artist manager. He was born on 27 July 1978 in Benoni, Gauteng. He is best known for his roles in the films and television serials Zabalaza, Sink, Seriously Single and Smoke & Mirrors.
Early Life and Education
Kabomo Vilakazi grew up in Benoni, a town in the east of Johannesburg. He attended Benoni High School and later studied journalism at the University of Johannesburg. He developed a passion for writing, poetry, and music at a young age and started performing at various events and festivals.
Kabomo Vilakazi Career
Kabomo Vilakazi began his career as a journalist and editor for various magazines, such as Y-Mag and Uncutt Magazine. He also contributed to True Love Magazine and wrote the script for the popular Sepedi SABC1 drama series Skeem Saam.
As a musician, he released his first single, Uzobuya, in 2012, which was followed by two albums, All Things Grey and Sekusile. He has collaborated with many artists, such as Tshepo Tshola, Unathi, Aya, Kelly Khumalo, Thiwe, Nothende, Flabba, The Fridge, Flatoe, Pebbles, Zubz, Dineo Moeketsi, Sound&Experience, RB collective and others.
Kabomo has also opened for international artists like Louie Vega, Vikter Duplaix, Josh Milan and Bilal and has shared stages with Questlove of the Roots, Kaos, Angelique Kidjo, K’naan and Saul Williams2.
As an actor, Kabomo made his debut in 2013 as Herbert in the Mzansi Magic soap opera Zabalaza. He then starred in the Vuzu sitcom Check Coast in 2014. He has also appeared in many other shows, such as Rhythm City, Generations, Scandal!, Sober Companion, Soul City, Thola, Saints & Sinners, Umlilo, Captain Bozaa and Tshisa. The multi-talented artist has also acted in two films: Sink (2015) and Seriously Single (2020). Currently, he plays Mthetho on Smoke & Mirrors.
As a producer and director, he has worked on two feature films: Droplets and Melody. However, he was later criticized by the Droplets film crew for not paying them.
Kabomo Vilakazi Awards and Recognition
Kabomo Vilakazi has won several awards and nominations for his work in music and film. Some of them are:
- South African Music Award for Best Urban Adult Contemporary Album for All Things Grey in 2013
- South African Film and Television Award for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap/Telenovela for Zabalaza in 2015
- South African Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film for Sink in 2016
- South African Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor for Sink in 2016
- South African Music Award for Best Male Artist of the Year for Sekusile in 2017
- South African Music Award for Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album for Sekusile in 2017
Kabomo Vilakazi is married to Ntombi Ngcobo-Mzolo, a singer and actress. They have a son named Lihle.