If you are a fan of South African films, dance, movies, and songs, you might have come across some of the pieces done by, or which featured Joe Mafela. His illustrious career and strong determination in his craft is one that most artists and producers in South Africa and other parts of the world will admire even in his absence. Perhaps you were lucky to have watched a couple of his films, but how much do you know Joe Mafela family? Read on to get the full picture of his family members.
Joe Mafela was and remains a common figure and icon in the entertainment industry of South Africa even after his death. He began his career in 1964 and focused on theatre production. For more than 50 years, South Africa and the whole world have enjoyed different pieces of entertainment from Mafela. Despite the fact that he was serious on his career, Mafela was concerned about his family – he spared enough time for his family amidst the busy schedule with his career.
Who is Joe Mafela
If South Africa has legendary actors, Mafela is one of them. He was born in 1942 in Sibasa, in the province of Limpopo, South Africa. His work can be traced to several films and movies in South Africa. For example, he edited the movie, Real News. He also helped in the production of numerous pieces in South Africa during his 20 years as a director, producer, and film actor. He was a part of the team behind various multi-ethnic dance troupes in the country such as Gold Reef Dancers, Mzumba, as well as the Sangoma. He as well had his songs such as the popular Shebeleza, Ekuseni, and Mama among others.
Joe was also featured in numerous films and movies. For example, he co-starred in Udeliwe, the first all-black movie to be shot and produced in South Africa. Here, he co-starred as Peter Pleasure. Joe has worked with diverse producers, actors, and directors such as Peter R. Hunt, (who is famous for directing various James Bond movies such as the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) in the film Shout at the Devil.
Joe Mafela family members
The family of Joe once lived in Sibasa before they later moved to White City Jabavu in 1952, a township, which had been established following the displacements and placement of squatters from Soweto. Joe Mafela family later moved to Tshiawelo Township, which had been created to accommodate individuals displaced in (the Balobedu, Tsonga, and Venda) from the Limpopo area. The family stayed there until 1990.
Wife and children
Despite this icon's fame, Joe Mafela family has maintained a low profile and stayed away from the public except for Juju, his son, who took over the management of Penguin Films as a director after his father's death. Joe Mafela was married to Andronica, affectionately referred by many South Africans as Mam'Andy. Together they had four children – 3 sons and one daughter. At the time of his death, when he was 75 years old, he had six grandchildren.
Joe Mafela death
Mafela was involved in a road accident on March 18th, 2017 on his way home where he died.
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Joe acted in several movies and films including the James Bond films. In the 1980s, his career became popular following the introduction of television in South Africa in 1976. He had a production company, Penguin Films. He also produced several songs and engaged in advertising playing the role of creative director. Joe Mafela family has stayed away from the public except for his son Juju.