Thami Mbongo biography, age, profile, education, awards

Thami Mbongo (born 29 January 1979 in Mbekweni, Paarl) is a name in the South African entertainment industry. He is an actor, educator, drama facilitator, theater writer, and director.

He is popular with television viewers for his role on Shoot Stars. Thami appeared on the e.tv soccer drama series as Moses Gumede in 2007.

Profile

Thami Mbongo biography
NameThamsanqa Mbongo
Born29 January 1979 (age 42 years)
Mbekweni, Paarl, Western Cape
GenderMale
EducationSpeech and Drama
Alma materCommunity Arts Project
University of Cape Town
NationalitySouth Africa
ProfessionActor, educator, drama facilitator, theater writer, director
Active years2001-date

Background

He was born Thamsanqa Mbongo on 29 January 1979 in Mbekweni, Paarl, Western Cape. He was raised in the third-oldest city and European settlement in the country.

Education

To build the blocks of his academics, he was enrolled at Langabuya Primary School. He furthered his academic pursuit and in 1997, he had his matriculation at Desmond Mpilo Tutu High School.

In 1998, he enrolled at the Arts and Media Access Centre, Cape Town, then Community Arts Project. He also ran a two-year program (1999-2001) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). While at the institution, he studied for a Performer’s Diploma in Speech and Drama.

Career

Thami made his debut on screen in a commercial by KFC titled Ayavaya Amafong Kong. It was aired on SABC from 2001 to 2002.

Since then more acting opportunities came his way. He has appeared on the local screen playing several guest roles in commercials and TV shows.

The talented actor has appeared in productions like Madam & Eve, Interrogation Room, and Khululeka. He also landed roles in Mazinyo Dot Q and Stokvel.

He played the starring role in Shooting Stars appearing for three seasons. Thami appeared playing guest roles in When We Were Black, Traffic, Isikizi, and Chandies.

He has also appeared in films apart from television including Ingoma, Mad Dogs, Black Butterflies, and 30 Karat Liebe.

Thami’s theatre credits include Long Street Nights, Green Man Flashing, Lost in the Stars, Karoo Moose.

More on his theatre credits include Woyzeck, A Plague of Heroes, The Tempest, King Lear, and The Trojan Women.

His radio production credits include Justice Prevails, Justice Prevails 2, Qina Kwedini, After Tears, and many more. Thami has also worked with many corporate clients like Caltex, BP, AIDS Awareness, Bokomo, Media 24

He has also worked with Spar and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

He has also done many other commercials for clients including;

  • Arrive Alive campaign
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Topsport Half Time Bites
  • Hang Ten
  • Ikamva Labantu

He also receives credit as the artistic director of the Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival. It was awarded the Fleur du Cap Innovation in Theatre award in 2016.

In Isithembiso, an Mzansi Magic soap opera, he was cast as Pastor Absolom

He appeared in seasons 2 and 3. Though, he made his debut on the show in Season 2, Episode 254.

Recognition

His two decades in the entertainment industry have earned him both recognition and fame.

In 2011, At the Durban Theatre Awards, he bagged the Best Solo Performance for his role in A Plague of Heroes. 

Earlier in 2007, he was awarded an Aardklop Best Actor in an Ensemble award for Karoo Moose.

In 2008, he bagged the Brett Goldin Bursary Award. Thami was also with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England for a month.

He bagged the Western Cape Cultural Affairs Ministerial Award for his contribution to the Arts (2016).

Television Roles

ShowRoles
ChandiesPeba
GomoraMr Bandile Qobo
Interrogation RoomZwayi
IsikiziLuyolo
IsithembisoPastor Absalom
Madam & EveVusi
Mazinyo dot Q.Car Guard
NkululekoConstable Ndlovu
Rhythm CityLanga
Shooting StarsMoses Gumede
When We Were Black Father Elliot
Traffic!Vusi Shebeen Owner
StokvelTemporary Barman, Armed Robber

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