In today’s world of hashtags, trending topics and ‘celebrity tea’, we get to know almost everything that happens in the lives of our favourite celebrities. But what are their lives like beyond showbiz, fame and social media? With these reality shows on Showmax, some of the biggest celebrities from Africa open up their lives to viewers for the first time.
Sauti Sol, Sol Family S1&2
Arguably the best band in Africa, Sauti Sol have received numerous accolades including a MTV Africa Music Awards win for Best Group, MTV Europe Music Awards win for Best African Act, a BET Awards nomination, and most recently, they were part of the team that produced Burna Boy’s Grammy-winning album Twice as Tall.
Sol Family, which just wrapped its second season, offers a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of Sauti Sol’s band members Bien, Chimano, Savara and Polycarp, as well as their Sol Generation protégés Bensoul and Nviiri the Storyteller. Binge-watch all episodes on Showmax.
Also check out Kenya’s beloved celebrity couple and award-winning musicians Nameless and Wahu in This Love, a docu-reality series that explores their past and present through their love for family and music.
Laycon, I Am Laycon & Big Brother S5 Naija Reunion
When it comes to fandoms, Beyoncé has the Beyhive, Rihanna has the Navy, Nicki Minaj has the Barbz, and Nigerian rapper and Big Brother Naija S5 winner Laycon has ICONS.
Coming from humble beginnings, the 27-year-old musician and philosophy graduate had to hustle his way through life before landing a spot in Biggie’s house, where he warmed his way into the hearts of fans across the continent with his wit and lyrical genius.
Straight out of Big Brother Naija, and with two mega hit songs to his name after only a month, Laycon landed his own reality show, I Am Laycon, Showmax’s first-ever Nigerial Original.
I Am Laycon, which broke viewing records in Nigeria in its first week on Showmax, follows Laycon through his journey as he settles into life as a celebrity, while juggling his personal relationships and growing music career in one of Africa’s biggest cities, Lagos.
Also catch Laycon and other BBN S5 housemates as they serve up drama for one last time in the Big Brother Naija S5 Reunion, which recently premiered on Showmax.
Kelly Khumalo, Life with Kelly Khumalo S1&2
A household name by 21, Kelly Khumalo is one of South Africa’s biggest music stars. She’s been named Best Female Artist at the South African Music Awards, sold millions of albums, and opened for Grammy winner Missy Elliott.
In the recent years, Kelly has made headlines for more than just her undeniable talent, like her turbulent relationship with her son’s father, hip-hop star Jub Jub; the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of her daughter’s father, Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa; and her ‘divorce’ from her sister, Zandie.
Her reality show, Life with Kelly Khumalo, which is now in its second season, offers an intimate glimpse at the woman behind the headlines.
Life with Kelly Khumalo won Best Structured Soapie Reality at the 2021 South African Film and TV Awards (SAFTAs).
Babes Wodumo, Uthando Lodumo
South African star Babes Wodumo burst onto the scene with Wololo, featuring Mampintsha and Distruction Boyz, which racked up over 11m views on YouTube alone, and was nominated as Record of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards. She was also featured in the Black Panther soundtrack.
The upcoming Showmax Original Uthando Lodumo follows Babes and Mampintsha in the build-up to their vibrant traditional wedding in April 2021.
The reality show, which premieres on Showmax on 30 June 2021, will also address an incident of gender-based violence in their relationship that trended on social media in 2019.
The trailer suggests Mampintsha is still dealing with the aftermath of that controversy, as his initial letter to Babes’ family is rejected; we see him apologising to Babes’ parents; and we see Babes worrying about whether her family will turn Mampintsha’s family away at the gate.
Also catch Lebo M, South African Grammy winner and the first voice you hear in The Lion King, in the reality show Lebo M: Coming Home, another Showmax Original that gives fans a front-row seat to his career as he creates new music, and turns the spotlight onto his biggest dream: bringing his family together.