Brian Temba is a great South African actor, singer, performer, producer, and songwriter. He is best known for his role as Simba in West End’s musical, The Lion King, from 2003 to 2008 in London. He played the role of Ranthumeng Mokoena on the soap opera Muvhango. He is also known for great musical hits like Dominoes and This Is My Time.
Brian Temba earlier informed his fans that he had contracted Covid-19. The actor joins a list of other South African celebrities like Zola Hashatsi, AKA, Idris Elba, and many others that had the virus. The following is a detailed Brian Temba biography.
Brian Temba profile summary
- Full name: Brian Thembalethu Makiwane
- Date of birth: 19th December 1981
- Brian Temba age: 38 as of 2020
- Marital status: Married
- Nationality: South African
- Occupation: Actor, singer, producer, songwriter, performer
- Brian Temba Instagram: @briantemba
Brian Temba personal life
The actor was born on 9th December 1981 in Eastern Cape, South Africa, and brought up in Soshanguve, Pretoria. Brian Temba full name is Brian Thembalethu Makiwane. He had two siblings, a sister and a brother, but his brother died.
The R&B musician has two beautiful daughters. His firstborn teenage girl lives with her mother and stepfather in the UK. The star revealed that he sees her at least three times a year and ensures they talk every day. He got his second daughter in 2019 with his girlfriend. Brian Temba family lives in Johannesburg.
Brian Temba career
The star made his music career debut as a backup vocalist for various celebrities like Vicky Vilakazi, Hugh Masekela, and Jonathan Butler. He also sang with illustrious musical bands like Family Factory, IV U (For You), and Joyous Celebration. His first single was called Dominoes. He has released a number of popular songs, singles, and EPs, including Grateful, This is My Time (2011), Lost Without You (2016), Angeke (2019), Can We Go Back (2020), and Olwethu (2020). For Brian Temba songs mp3 download, you can search on leading digital music platforms.
He released his debut album, Something Better, in 2009. The following are other Brian Temba albums.
- 51Lex Presents Dominoes was released in 2011 under the 51 Lex(Sac) Records Ltd.
- This is My Time (T.I.M.T) was released in 2012.
- unABC Deluxe (unapologetic, unbreakable, uncensored) was released in 2017 and again in 2019.
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Apart from having a melodious voice, Temba is a talented actor and performer. He was among the original Disney’s The Lion King cast that was done in Los Angeles in 2000. Following his impressive performance, he landed the leading role of Simba in The Lion King musical, which was done on the West End Stage, London. He performed from 2003 to 2008. He has been in other theater roles including Lion and the Lamb, also a musical play on Market Theater, South Africa, and The Lion King ensemble (2000 to 2003 in Los Angeles, again in 2011 in Las Vegas).
He also played the role of Ranthumeng Mokoena on Muvhahango, an SABC 2 soap opera until 2019 when he left to concentrate on his music. He appeared in other TV shows as a guest including the Felicia Mabuza Sule Show in South Africa and the Jay Leno Show in Los Angeles.
Brian Temba is also a producer. He founded the Aj8one Productions in 2011, which he uses to produce his music and that of other artists. He has mostly been an independent singer citing that production companies exploit ambitious artists. Brian Temba record labels that he has worked with to release music include Universal Music, 51 Lex (Sac) Records Ltd, Sac Music Limited, and Universal Music (Pty) Ltd.
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Brian Temba nominations
He has been recognized multiple times for his work. In 2010, he won Best Neo-Soul/R&B at the South African Music Awards. He has also received the following nominations:
- Metro FM Music Awards (2013)
- The Channel O Awards (2009)
- Indi Awards (2007)
Overcoming Brian Temba Covid 19 battle
The award-winning musician contracted Covid-19 in late June. In an interview with eNCA, he revealed the journey was heartbreaking, especially after having to stay away from his family. He is now fully recovered and is working on a new album, which should be out soon.
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Brian Temba is one of the best R&B and soul musicians South Africa possesses. He and other talented artists continue to put the country’s art on the global stage. Fans can expect to get more from the multi-talented artist.
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