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Meet The 10 South African Celebrities Who Are Sangomas in 2021

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South Africa has no shortage of celebrities who are sangomas.

Sangoma, the highly respected healer among the Zulu people of South Africa who diagnoses, prescribes, and often performs the rituals to heal a person physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. The sangoma may address all of these realms in the healing process, which usually involves divination, herbal medicine, and specifically customized rituals to cure illness and restore well-being. There are many famous children of the soil who have accepted their ancestral gift of Ubungoma (traditional healing) in the past decade alone.

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Boity Thulo and Letoya Makhene are two of South Africa’s most recognizable sangomas in the entertainment industry.

Other South African stars like Mshoza, Kelly Khumalo, and Lerato Sengadi have also reportedly been on this spiritual journey.

While becoming a traditional healer is a great honor, being a celebrity who is a sangoma is sometimes not taken alright by society.

Scoop Makhathini made headlines earlier this year when he was accused by some celebs of faking their ancestral calling because apparently it has become “fashionable” in the entertainment industry.

“All of a sudden, every Tom, Dick, and Thandi is having a calling…I’m just gonna relax and watch the liars play themselves out. The ancestral lashing will be unavoidable. JHB folk will bite anything, even s**t that can’t be bitten or faked. Yonke into bafuna ukuyendza ‘i-fashion’,” the TV presenter wrote on Twitter.

Anyway, let’s leave all the drama aside, there are many South African celebrities who have trained for months to become a sangoma.

Luyanda Potwana

Television host Luyanda Potwana is Mzansi’s number one Television host. The TV star who hosts one of the country’s most controversial reality shows Nyan Nyan announced in February that he has embraced his spiritual calling. Unlike many celebrities, Luyanda kept his calling and journey out of the spotlight and continues to do so.

Mlungisi Mathe

Skeem Saam actor, Mlungisi Mathe who plays the role of Emkay has revealed in an interview with Daily Sun that he’s answered his calling to be a sangoma and is already practicing. He stated in the interview that he’s also a medium and a spiritualist, besides his calling to be a sangoma: “I read books, the Bible and interpret dreams and people’s journeys.”

Masechaba Ndlovu

Media personality Masechaba Ndlovu accepted her ancestral calling and also revealed in February that she is a qualified sangoma. This is not a fairly new thing as Masechaba had hinted before in 2019 that she was on an ancestral journey.

Zola Hashatsi

Actor Zola Hashatsi started his journey after the death of a close family member. “I think after my great-grandmother died in 2009, she became my ancestor and was always protecting me from evil things. I should have listened to the call in 2009, but I did not understand it… I still believe in the Lord, but I am a child of the soil,” he told the Daily Sun earlier this year.

Oratile Maitisa

Actress Oratile Maitisa is responsible for playing the role of Eunice on Skeem Saam. The actress, on Sunday, took to her Instagram account to announce that she is now a sangoma. She posted pictures of herself clad in traditional sangoma regalia, much to the excitement of her followers who congratulated her on her journey.

Lerato Mvelase

Lerato Mvelase accepted her calling in 2015. The actress spent six months training to become a traditional healer. The time away from her family was tough but worth it. “It was very hard on my kids. I mean my kids sleep with me, even today. So for them to wake up and mommy isn’t there…it was very hard for my kids after six months of me being away but kids are very understanding actually. We don’t give them enough credit,” she told Metro FM in 2018.

Phelo Bala

Phelo Bala accepted the “call” in 2014 after experiencing physical body changes that scared him. He says his body “stopped working” and a doctor told him he had body flu. A family member advised him to see a sangoma and he soon learned the real reason for the changes in his life. While the Christian singer was criticized for becoming a traditional healer, he was determined to learn more about his culture.

“I am a sangoma; music is not my calling and I will not do it forever. Whether I have healed people through music or in my sangoma practices; my calling is in healing,” he told Drum magazine last year.

Buhle Mda

The Soil‘s Buhle Mda took a break from her music career in 2016 to attend initiation school to become a sangoma. She graduated as a sangoma seven months later. Speaking to 702’s Azania Mosaka, Buhle said she has always been a healer. “I was born a healer. I was healing way before I went in for initiation. If God or my ancestors instruct me to do something, then I’ll do it.”

L’Vovo

Popular kwaito musician L’Vovo revealed in 2016 that he went on a five-month spiritual journey in KwaZulu-Natal to become a sangoma. But he admitted he did it to honor his grandmother and did not intend to practice his calling. “I did it all for my gogo. I don’t want to be a sangoma. I’m a musician, that’s all… I wouldn’t have ignored this spiritual calling as I respect my culture and my religion,” he told the Daily Sun.

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What are sangomas and Inyangas?

 Sangomas or inyangas are shamans, healers, priests, and prophets that have been the backbone of Bantu communities, especially in the rural areas of Southern Africa for eons.

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