South African / South Africa
Letoya Makhene is a multi-talent young lady who has taken the entertainment industry by storm. Her accolades include appearing on TV at the tender age of 9, performing a duet with her father at the Africa for Aids Concert and at 10 years old she went to Ghana for the Panafest where she brought the house down with her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’. She also did the closing song for the Common Wealth Games.
In the eighth grade she was part of a music group called ‘s’kool Girlz, a band that consisted of Letoya, her two sisters and her cousin. And in her first year of contemporary music she basically did Gr 10 and 11 in one year and took the honors of Best pianist as well as Best vocalist, and was bestowed with full colors in music.
Her TV career is just as impressive as her music career. She has featured in Leon Schuster’s movie Mr Bones and was the voice used for the main character. She landed the lead role in a short film titled “My Zulu Promise” and shortly afterwards got the lead in a Debonairs commercial. She also acted on the Dube show and currently plays Tshidi on Generations the Legacy and has had a stint on Isidingo and Rhythm City. Letoya was also a presenter on KTV and later moved on to YoTV, where she became the anchor presenter for the Disney UNESCO children’s summit in France. Even though music has always been her passion, landing a job as a VJ on Channel O was a welcomed surprise. There seem to be more than 24 hours in Letoya’s day because she is also part of Nubia Youth Development, an organisation started by the family that aims to get people, especially the youth, off the streets and encourage talent. Despite the limelight Letoya is also a traditional healer. After eight months of being away from home and work Miss Makhene became Dr Makhene.
Today Letoya is a mother of 3 who believes that if you can dream it you can do it. She continues to perform in corporate shows while working on her long awaited album. When she talks about her future, she says she would like to start her own film company and get into directing and producing. But she uses her free time to continue with her music and other spiritual needs.
“As a perfectionist I’ve had to fall in love with my imperfections.” ~ Letoya