Mohale and Somizi at their first wedding last year (Photo: Austin Malema)
Us mere mortals will soon be able to experience celebrity duo Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale Motaung’s double wedding extravaganza in a groundbreaking four-part TV special next month.
The men, South Africa’s most high profile same-sex couple, are no strangers to reality TV, having appeared in four seasons of Living The Dream With Somizi, not to mention Somizi’s role as a judge on Idols SA.
The wedding special, Somizi & Mohale: The Union, will depict “not only the union of their love but also the merging of their families and their respective Zulu and Sotho cultures.”
It will include their traditional wedding in Kibler Park in Johannesburg in September 2019 as well as their white wedding in Muldersdrift on Thursday (amazingly, #somhalewhitewedding trended that day even with a social media blackout at the actual wedding).
‘Somhale’s’ four-part wedding special “is a front-row seat to one of the most historic, heartfelt and not forgetting fabulous weddings in South African celebrity history,” said Showmax in a press release.
“Expect romance, gorgeous decor, dazzling chandelier cakes, G.H. Mumm champagne and multiple costume changes,” the streaming channel added.
The traditional wedding featured entertainment by the likes of Vusi Nova and Judith Sephuma, and a star-studded guest list, such as Bonang Matheba, Pearl Thusi, Cassper Nyovest and Julius Malema, not to mention Somizi’s mother, award-winning actress Mary Twala; his daughter, and his brother Mazwe Mhlongo from the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.
Somizi & Mohale: The Union, said Showmax, is also the telling of an intimate love story: “A story that touches on Somhale’s trials and tribulations, their respect for family and culture, and their acknowledgement of the symbolic message the union is sending to the entire African continent – that when all is said and done, love will always win.”
As Mohale put it in a text to Somizi on the morning of their traditional wedding, “We must never forget the task God has given us. Our wedding is going to be a story told in a way that will shake the entire continent and help people understand that loving a person of your same-sex was never and will never be wrong.”
The couple met at Somizi’s book launch, began dating in September 2017, and on 10 March 2018, Somizi proposed to Mohale during a romantic evening at Pont des Arts, the ‘lock bridge’ in Paris, overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
“Somhale’s wedding is a beautiful and unique love story that needs to be told,” says Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Connected Video. “Becoming Mrs Jones and Dineo & Solo’s Wedding were both smash hits on Showmax, so we know our audience is going to love this.”
Episode 1 of Somizi & Mohale: The Union, South Africa’s first gay celebrity wedding special, is coming first to Showmax from 24 February 2020, with additional episodes launching every Monday. The final episode, featuring this week’s white wedding, premieres on 16 March 2020. Watch the trailer below.