Mangoliso Ngema was born and bred in Orlando West, Soweto and after school he moved into the corporate world, working as a brand manager for Guiness. While working there the soapie Generations offered him the role of Lunga Zondo.
After being with the show for an extensive time he decided to take time out from acting. “My departure from the show was unexpected and it shocked me into action. This was the industry I loved, but I need to respect it if I want to maintain a lifestyle I’d become used to.”
Ngema started a construction business, learning as he went along. Now his business has settled in and he has the time to tackle some decent acting roles again.
He’s also been working on a new album which he struggled to get started.
“It was about where to draw inspiration from. We’re always trying to do something new, trying too hard to be intelligent with our music ... but slowly it came to me. Go back to your roots. There’s your music. With your mother. Mbaqanga."