Leleti Khumalo

South African Actor
Born Mar 30, 1970

Leleti Khumalo is a Zulu South African actress who played the leading role in the movie Sarafina! alongside Whoopi Goldberg and who starred in the films Hotel Rwanda and Yesterday.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Leleti Khumalo.


1970 Birth Born in 1970.


1985 15 Years Old In 1985, she auditioned for Mbongeni Ngema’s musical, which later became the international blockbuster Sarafina! … Read More
1988 18 Years Old Khumalo performed the role of Sarafina! on stages in South Africa and on Broadway, where she received a 1988 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. … Read More


1992 22 Years Old In 1992, she starred alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba and John Kani in Darrell James Roodt’s film version of Sarafina!, which had a worldwide distribution, and became the biggest film production to be released on the African continent. … Read More
1993 23 Years Old In 1993, Khumalo released her first album, Leleti and Sarafina.
1997 27 Years Old …  In 1997, she also starred in Sarafina 2. … Read More


2005 35 Years Old Khumalo joined the cast of one of South Africa's longest running soap operas, Generations in 2005 as Busiswe (Busi) Dlomo, a refined and altruistic no-nonsense woman who heads up her own publishing empire, based in Cape Town. … Read More
2006 36 Years Old Sarafina! was re-released in South Africa on 16 June 2006 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the youth uprisings in Soweto.
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