Phila Madlingozi successfully created a name for himself outside of his father Ringo Madingozi’s shadow. After he defined what he wanted to do early in life, the star actor followed his passion, and today, he is one of the young celebrities that many South African youth look forward to watching on stage.
Madlingozi is multi-talented, no doubt. He does well as an actor, singer, and even as a filmmaker. His father and uncle influenced his music career, but then, he has been careful enough never to let their styles determine how he expresses his singing skills. Read on to discover interesting Phila Madlingozi facts.
Phila Madlingozi biography summary
- Full name: Phila Madlingozi
- Date of birth: 26th of October, 1989
- Age: 30 years old
- Place of birth: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
- Nationality: South African
- Profession: Singer, actor, writer, filmmaker, and rapper
- Father: Ringo Madlingozi
The early life of Phila
Phila Madlingozi is a singer, actor, filmmaker, and rapper. He was born in Johannesburg but raised in Port Elizabeth by his grandmother, alongside his siblings and cousins. Who are Phila Madlingozi parents? His father, Ringo Madlingozi, is a legendary musician, but there is no available information on his mother. When he was 14 years, he and his siblings moved to Johannesburg to live with their father.
While living with their father, his dad's music career inspired him, and since then, his passion has been tilted towards film business. Consequently, he went on to study film and television production at Varsity College, where his love for acting became well spoken of. Sharing on his passion for music, he said:
I loved music from a while ago. I grew up in the late 80's, early 90's- it was the RnB era. I was surrounded by elders who were listening to RnB artists like Keith Sweat, Brian McKnight, and Usher. [Singing] was cool from a young age so I learned how to do it, and music is in my family, so it wasn't that hard to transition into music.
How old is Phila Madlingozi?
Phila Madlingozi age is 30 years. He was born on the 26th of October, 1989. By October 2020, he would be celebrating his 31st birthday.
Just like some other entertainers, Phila decided to keep his lady incognito while posting pictures of himself and half of his bae's face. However, the captions that accompany every picture are usually heart-warming. So, who is Madlingozi's girlfriend? Everyone looks forward to when the love of his life would be made public.
Although not so much is known about Phila Madlingozi education, while he was studying at Varsity College, he landed a significant acting role on Intersexions, an SABC1 drama series, during an open audition for several actors.
Apart from the fact that the opportunity launched Phila Madlingozi acting career, he had to drop out in the second year in the higher institution. The leading role he took in the second season of the series in 2013 gave him an instant success in the entertainment industry.
In Intersexions, he played the character of Zolile, a marketing student from the Eastern Cape who falls in love with a girl back at home though he has a girlfriend in the city.
Phila Madlingozi TV shows
Since he took up a career in the entertainment industry, interestingly, Phila has featured in some television shows, including the following:
- In Intersexions Season 2, he played the roles of Zithembe and Zolile;
- When he featured in Isikizi (season 1), he was known as Sizwe;
- In Isikizi (season 2), he was Sizwe;
- He played the character of Thabiso in the first and second seasons of Mutual Friends;
- He was known as Tswelo in Single Galz (season 1);
- Then, he played the character of Buntu in the fourth season of The Queen.
Phila Madlingozi awards
For his role in the second season of Isikizi, he won a Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score on TV Drama.
While commenting on the award, he said, "I did not think we were going to win the award but it shows that hard work pays off and when I received the invite to attend the awards I was already on my way home to Port Elizabeth.”
Phila Madlingozi on Idols
Known for his passion for music, Phila contested in the popular SA Idol and made it to the Top 16 round in the show. However, many people who followed the show believed that his father influenced the result. A year before Phila's feature in the contest, his father was featured as one of the show's musical guests. Then, in its final rounds, the veteran musician reportedly appeared there with his sons.
The heat of the criticism became so intense that DJ Mo Flava raised the issue in one of his shows on Metro FM's Morning Fix. There were mixed reactions from the audience, but all of those did not seem to move Phila. Understanding the fact that people wanted to know if he has really got the talent or only riding on his father's name, he noted that he could not wait to rub his success on their nose.
One of the challenges that the rising star singer has faced so far is trying to draw a distinct line between his style of singing and his father's style. During an interview session that he honoured, he shared that the difficult part of his musical journey "has to be that people already decided how I should sound because I am Ringo's son."
However, he said he is set to make his mark and change people's preconceived perceptions of "music by Phila." So far, a few of Phila Madlingozi songs that have been released, including his collaborations with other artists, are below:
- Girls Night Out
- Girls Night Out
- A Safer High
Phila Madlingozi Instagram
As a fast-rising star in the entertainment industry, Phila has won the heart of many entertainment lovers in the country. This is evident in more than 105,000 followers that he has on his official Instagram page with several entertaining posts.
An exciting thing about Phila Madlingozi is how well he strives to carve an identity for himself in South Africa's entertainment industry. He has successfully drawn a line of distinction between his style and that of his father. Considering the impact that the rising star is making, he is on his path to making his family and the country proud at the international scene.
Jacob Elordi is another fast-rising talent in South Africa's entertainment industry. As reported by Briefly.co.za, his hard work and talent brought him fame and fortune at a young age. His feature in the critically acclaimed Netflix film The Kissing Booth shot him into the limelight.