Celebrities often use stage names for a variety of reasons. It may be that their real names are hard to pronounce or are not that easy to remember.
It could also boil down to the fact that they choose a name that fits the field that they are in.
Breifly.co.za, with the help of news365.co.za, takes a look at five celebs whose real names might surprise you.
1. Dr Rebecca Malope real name: Batsogile Lovederia Malope
Rebecca Malope AKA Batsogile Lovederia Malope is a gospel mega star whose career spans over 30 years. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of California for her contribution to music. This at least explains the Doctor in her name.
2 Kwesta real name: Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi
In 2003 a young Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi formed a group with his friends, hoping to get signed, the dream failed to materialize and his group split up. He had a keen interest in poetry and knew he had the talent so he dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to pursue a career in music. At the time he was going by the name Quest. he later changed his name and eventually struck fame and has not looked back since.
3 Gigi Lamayne real name: Genesis Gabriella Tina Manney
Genesis Gabriella Tina Manney was born on the 7th of July 1994. Like Kwesta, she started writing poetry at a young age, 11 to be exact and decided at 16 to pursue a career in music as a rap artist. She was the first female teen rap star in South Africa which made he easily relatable to many young girls across the country.
4 Nasty C real name: David Junior Ngcobo
David Junior Ngcobo was given the stage name Nasty C by the first producer her ever worked with. His idol, AKA was also a major influence in his music and he got the opportunity to meet the superstar when he opened up for him during the nationwide launch of AKA's debut album. Performing alongside AKA has been one on Nasty C's fondest memories.
5 J’Something real name: Joao da Fonseca
Joao da Fonseca was actually born in Portugal and moved to South Africa at the tender age of seven with his parents. He performs in a band called Mi Casa and rose to popularity in 2011 with their hit single "These Streets". As the vocalist for band Joao is often seen as the face of the band.
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