Idols SA has once again roped in the assistance of a guest judge, and – this time – they’ve gone with some Mzansi musical royalty. This Sunday, the judges will be aided in their task by actress and musician Thembi Seete.
Seete is no stranger to Mzansi Magic audiences, as she can be seen playing the role of Gladys in the hit telenovela, "Gomora" – the latest in an impressive list of roles dating back to 2000. It is her musical pedigree, however, that makes her a perfect addition to the judging panel of South Africa’s biggest singing competition.
As a member of the pioneering kwaito group, Boom Shaka, Seete played a role in shaping the genre in its early days – days of post-struggle liberation and music that became increasingly apolitical, aiming to entertain rather than mobilise. Their debut single, "It’s About Time", remains one of the most recognisable South African songs, and still gets regular airplay.
Following the band’s breakup in 2000, Seete released her debut solo album, Lollipop, and her sophomore release, S’matsatsa, collaborating with fellow kwaito legends, Skwatta Kamp.
Her latest job, however, is that of Idols SA judge, and she’ll be joining Randall Abrahams and Unathi Nkayi this Sunday to lend her voice to the judging panel of the “Showstopper” episode – a night of nothing but BIG songs. Save the date!
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