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Letoya Mangezi
Letoya Mangezi
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General Information:

Name:   Letoya Mangezi
Nationality:   South African
Age:   34
Agency:   Legends
Contact:   Lisa Modisane

Physical Attributes:

Height:   1.67m
Eye Colour:   Brown
Hair Colour:   Brown
Shoe:   5
Dress :   32
Bust :   32B

Talents:

Acting, Singing, Dancing, Presenting, Voice overs

Languages:

English; Sotho; Afrikaans
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Biography
Letoya got her first break at a young and tender age of nine when she appeared in a television ad for sweets, and several television appearances followed.

When Letoya moved on to high school she chose to attend the school of arts, a decision that her folks whole-heartedly supported. It was in the eighth grade that Letoya became part of a music group called 's'kool Girlz, a band that consisted of Letoya, her two sisters and her cousin.

She did drama for about three years and then decided to move on to contemporary music. After being in her first year of contemporary music she was moved up, so basically she did standard 8 and 9 in one year. In that same year she took the honors of Best pianist as well as Best vocalist, and was bestowed with full colors in music.

'S'kool Girlz kept the girls busy from morning till night. Music had always been a passion, but landing a job as a VJ on Channel O hadn’t even crossed her mind. An agent called up one day to tell her about Channel O auditions.

"I was busy with a theatre production at that time, so I had very colorful hair. I stepped in there, read through my script and gave it my best shot". Like every fairytale, she thought she wouldn't crack it and she was with Channel O since June 2000, but pursuing a career in acting was a little more time consuming so soon after securing the role of Cherie in the Res, the "O" experience had to come to an end.

She's also part of Nubia Youth Development, which was started by the family a few years back. Their main aim is to get people, especially the youth, off the streets and encourage talent.

When talking about the future Letoya would like to start her own film company, she'd like to get into directing and producing. She uses her free time to continue with her music, and other spiritual needs.

She was seen in Leon Schuster's movie Mr Bones as one of the choirgirls and the voice used for the main character belongs to none other than Letoya.

She also acted on the Dube show and loved every minute of it. "I love acting, I thought I knew a lot about the television industry but everyday brings new challenges, and what better way to learn than from the professionals themselves".

2005 also brought new and interesting challenges Letoya's way...remember that article about her being a traditional Healer? It was no publicity stunt. Shortly after Idols Letoya went into initiation school to begin her journey. After eight months of being away from home and work Miss Makhene became Dr Makhene who is a fully qualified and practicing Sangoma.

Now married and a mother of three, Letoya is still very excited about life. "To be a mother is the most rewarding experience and I'm honored that I could be responsible for three precious souls-everyday brings new blessings".

2009 ended on a high note for Letoya. She secured a part on the ever popular Rhythm City. "Playing Onica really showcased my skills as an actress-I have never before felt as exhausted after a shoot day-I loved it!"

2010 has brought many new blessings for Letoya. She got the lead role in a short film titled "My Zulu Wedding" and shortly afterwards got the lead in a Debonairs commercial.

2011 has by far been the most challenging yet rewarding year, with the birth of her baby boy and having to get back on screen only 8 weeks after his birth. “2011 truly tested my strength as a woman but if I had a chance to do it all over again, I would do it exactly the same way. Landing the role of Ayanda Diale on Isidingo has been a true blessing and I have decided to own this moment because I’ve been put right where I should be”!
She continues to perform in corporate shows while working on her long awaited album.
If there was one thing she could change about herself it would be...nothing! As a perfectionist I've had to fall in love with my imperfections.


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Work Experience

Stage Productions:

Production Character Prod. House Year
Sophia Town Shebeen Queen 2001
The Rainbow's Child The Rainbow Bird 2000
Fame 1st Chorus 1999
Macbeth Hecate 1998

Television Productions:

Production Character Prod. House Year
Isidingo Ayanda 2013
Isidingo Ayanda 2012
Isidingo Ayanda 2011
My Zulu Wedding Zoe 2010
Rhythm City Onica 2009
A Family Affair Letoya 2005
Live 8 Letoya 2005
Idols Letoya 2002
The Res Cherie 2002
Dube on Monday Multiple 2002
Channel O Letoya 2000
Soul Buddyz Baby 1999
YoTV Letoya 1995
KTV Letoya 1994


Film Productions:

Production Character Prod. House Year
Mr Bones Child in choir 2002
Panic Mechanic Child in choir 1995
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