The biography of Siya Raymond Sepotokele, a talented and versatile actor and singer who has made a name for himself in the South African entertainment industry. He has starred in numerous television shows and movies, showcasing his range and skill as a performer. He is also passionate about music and has a unique voice that captivates audiences.
Early Life and Education
Siya was born on 23 October 1996 in Orlando East, Soweto. He is the son of Shadrack Ta Sello Ntsibande and the late Phyllis Sepotokele. Both his parents were unemployed, but they ensured he got everything he needed. Siya grew up around older people, which he believes gave him a taste for music. His talents in music became obvious while in grade 6 at Sivuleleni Primary School, where he started singing.
He was also an excellent student, not only in his co-curricular activities but also in his academics. At the age of 15, he attained a full scholarship from St. David’s Marist Inanda, a prominent Johannesburg-based private high school, to pursue his high school education. After completing his high school education, Siya joined Wits University to pursue a career in music. However, after a few months at the university, he stopped attending classes. He felt conflicted and decided to leave music and pursue a career in acting, even though it was a great disappointment to his parents, who saw him quit school for the theatre.
Siya Raymond Sepotokele Acting Career
Siya’s acting career began when he met actress Florence Masebe, who told him he had the makings of being an actor. He took her advice and enrolled in an acting school, where he honed his craft. He got his first acting role as Lehasa in the SABC2 telenovela Keeping Score in 2016. His mother passed away two months after he got the role due to cervical cancer. Siya dedicated his performance to her memory and used his grief as a motivation to excel in his role.
Since then, he has appeared in several television shows and movies, such as:
- Karektas season 2 as Siya
- Broken Vows as Thapelo
- Grassroots as Sipho
- Impilo: The Scam as Mac’able
- Isibaya as Mpiyakhe’s son
- The Republic as Karabo
- The River as Njabulo
- Lingashoni as Donald Nondumo
- Is’phidiselo as Chris
- DiepCity as Sikhumbuzo
- Muvhango as Dr Sechaba
In Muvhango, he played a cancer survivor-turned-doctor who has been in remission for three years. He falls in love with Imani Nkosi, played by Zonke Mchunu, and they take viewers through their love story. Siya says he was excited to join the show and play the character, who is very kind, gentle, and passionate.
In 2023, Siya joined Smoke And Mirrors as Sakhile.
Apart from acting, Siya is also a singer who has a distinctive voice and style. He was part of the Soweto Melodic Voices choirs while in high school. Siya has also performed at various events and festivals, such as the National Arts Festival and the Joy of Jazz Festival. He says music is his first love and he hopes to release his own album in the future.
Siya Raymond Sepotokele Personal Life
Siya is in a relationship with someone who has helped him progress, but he has not revealed her name or details. He says he is very happy and grateful for his partner, who supports him in his career and personal growth. Siya is also close to his father, who has been his pillar of strength since his mother’s death. He describes himself as a humble, respectful, and hardworking person who loves God and his family.
Siya Raymond Sepotokele Fun Facts
- He is a fan of soccer and supports Kaizer Chiefs.
- He loves reading and writing poetry.
- He is fluent in English, Zulu, and Sotho.
- He has a tattoo of his mother’s name on his chest.
- Siya Raymond Sepotokele on his new role as a cancer survivor on SABC2’s Muvhango – Daily Sun
- Siyabonga Sepokele – TVSA
- Siyabonga charts way to stardom – SowetanLIVE
- e.tv’s Smoke & Mirrors: cast, plot summary, trailer (with images) – Briefly