5 things you need to know about Brian Temba

South African performer Brian Temba has been a fixture on local and international stages for almost two decades - becoming a household name thanks to his role in Muvhango - and now he's heading to the Silverstar Casino stage for a special One Night Only engagement.

Ahead of his performance, we take a look at five fun facts about the man himself.

He was the first South African to play Simba in The Lion King

He graced the West End stage for the London run of the musical from 2003 to 2008. During that period, he regularly travelled between South Africa and London.

Also, check him out in costume!

He began his career as a backing vocalist

He was discovered while singing in church, and went on to provide backing vocalists for a range of stars - including Hugh Masekela, Jonathan Butler and Vicky Vilakazi.

He won the 2010 SAMA for Best R&B Album

His debut album Something Better was followed byThis is My Time in 2012, and unABC, released in 2016.

He has contributed to various soundtracks

Movies he has worked on include Pride, which starred Terrance Howard and Bernie Mac, and Tears of the Sun, starring Bruce Willis.

His surname is Makiwane

And he grew up in Soshanguve, Pretoria.

Brian Temba will be showcasing work from unABC at Silverstar Casino for One Night Only on 30 September. Tickets are available online here.

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