Top 5 Male Celebrity Sangomas In South Africa

They were called and they answered

By  | Jul 30, 2022, 02:28 PM  | Top of The

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Those who have had a spiritual calling understand very well that it’s almost impossible to ignore that calling- the spirits can be stubborn.

In the past few years, we have seen some of our popular celebrities embrace their calling to be traditional healers and embark on their spiritual journey.

This article looks at a few male celebrity sangomas who heeded the voices of their ancestors and are now certified traditional healers. We bet that a few on this list will surprise you.

Mlungisi Mathe

Mungisi Mathe, source: Instagram

Best known for his role on Skeem Saam as Emkay, Mlungisi Mathe is an actor of remarkable talent and one of the few male celebrity sangomas who have embraced their calling.

In a past interview with the Daily Sun, Mlungisi revealed that he answered his ancestral calling and is currently a practising sangoma.

Talking about his journey as a spiritual healer, the gifted actor disclosed that he found out that he had  Amadlozi or spirits when he was barely 15 years old and he used to have strange dreams that he didn’t understand.

Although it took the actor quite some time to finally accept his gift, he finally did and he is on the path of using his gift to help people. 

He reads the bible and other books that help him interpret people's dreams and journeys and says that he is very invested in using his gifts and wouldn’t allow his acting career to get in the way of him helping people.

Luyanda Potwana 

Luyanda Potwana, source: Facebook

Luyanda Potwana is a renowned television and radio personality who is best known for previously hosting the controversial SABC 1’s reality show- Nyan Nyan.

After keeping his calling away from the spotlight for years, in 2021, Luyanda Potwana took to social media to reintroduce himself as one of the male celebrity sangomas in the country after sharing photos of his second ceremony of becoming a traditional healer- Imvumakufa.

Speaking about the ceremony during an interview, Luyanda Potwana revealed that following the ceremony, he had been given the certification or license to become a traditional healer.

The celebrated media personality recently shared the good news that his university application had been accepted by the University of London and that he would be moving to London to pursue a degree in Psychology. We are curious to know if he will be able to keep up with his calling as a sangoma.

Zola Hashatsi

Zola Hashatsi, source: Facebook

Another male celebrity sangoma on our list is actor/television producer- Zola Hashatsi. In 2019, Zola revealed that he had finally embraced his spiritual calling of becoming a sangoma.

He further disclosed that after his great-grandmother died in 2009, her spirit became his protector against bad things but he did not understand it until he turned 30 years old.

Phelo Bala

Phelo Bala, source: Instagram

Phelo Bala of the Bala Brothers singing trio is a gospel musician and a male celebrity sangoma who began his journey as a traditional healer in 2014 after suffering from an illness.

Phelo who is openly gay was married to Moshe Ndiki. Their relationship which was highly publicized and was marked with drama including violence and frequent court visitations ended earlier on in the year.  


L'vovo, source: DailySun

Last but not least on our list of male celebrity sangomas in South Africa is legendary Kwaito musician- Thokozani Ndlovu, popularly known as L’vovo Derrango.

L’vovo accepted his sangoma calling in 2016 and took a five-months long spiritual journey in Kwa-Zulu Natal after his mother received instructions from the ancestors. He revealed that he wasn’t going to practice being a sangoma but he couldn't ignore his calling

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