“People read my actions and not my intentions. I don’t blame the media for the attitude people had towards me. The media does not fabricate things. When you act like a diva you get seen as one.”
Controversial South African actress and socialite Khanyi Mbau is set to grace My Kind Of Place (MKOP) at Riverwalk shopping mall this Friday, July 28. Mbau comes courtesy of another session of the monthly Last Frydaes lifestyle event.
Her television career spans over two decades, having started as early as CCV (now SABC1) days doing children’s programmes before moving onto drama productions such as Soul City and Muvhango. But it was not until her relationship with tenderpreneur Mandla Mthembu and cruising in Lamborghinis that the public began to take notice. The ‘Paris Hilton’ of Soweto was born. Mbau became an instant tabloid queen. Hers has been a rollercoaster of a life.
She has a biography reflecting on her life of ups and downs titled Bitch Please I’m Khanyi Mbau’ and written by Lesley Mofokeng. The sky has been the limit for Mbau. She has also starred in the movie Happiness is a Four Letter Word.
“My life was a pretty prison. I was a hero to certain people but dead inside. Men bought me all the fancy things, everything I ever wanted but I paid for it with my life. That’s a part of me I can never replace … Fancy cars park outside your house, you’re bowling and look fabulous on the outside, but after all that you are empty inside. You start feeling like a prostitute, it’s a hard life it sucks everything out of you,” she once told SA media.
It is perhaps the controversy and all the experience that comes with it that prompted Last Frydae organiser Taes Entaile to host the South African diva. “I feel like she is an inspiration to many people given everything she has been through,” Entaile says. “Her visit provides a great opportunity for locals to interact with Khanyi and learn one or two things from her.”
Also featuring on the night will be SA’s DJ Nana and others. Entaile says there will also be an exhibition of at least 30 vintage cars by various collectors from SA. Last Frydaes, a new monthly lifestyle event takes plays every last Friday of the month.
Entaile says the concept is built to afford their clients a different kind of entertainment whilst helping them to unwind on a hectic month that was. He says the event is developed to host one ‘hot’ South African act and local DJs and/or artists to complete a night of style, feel good music, beautiful people, and high fashion.