Chomee

Chomee (born Thulisile Madihlaba) is a South African musician, actress, television personality, choreographer and dancer. She started dancing for famed South African Kwaito musician Arthur Mafokate’s 999 Music when she was 10 years old and has gone on to release several albums under that label.

Chomee Thulisile-Madihlaba
Born Thulisile Madihlaba
October 6, 1986
Soweto
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa
Known As
Chomee
Education Boston
UJ
Occupation Dance, Musician
Actress
choreographer
Genre Afro-pop
Since 1996 – to date
Label 999 Music
Associated Acts Arthur Mafokate
DJ Euphonik
Kelly Khumalo
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Chomee was born Thulisile Madihlaba in the Johannesburg township of Meadowlands in Soweto in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

She was raised in a number of Soweto suburbs including; Dlamini, Meadowlands, Orlando and Zola, she revealed this in an interview with Pearl Modiadie on SABC 1’s Zaziwa.

Chomee became a dancer for 999 Music when she was 10 years old back in 1996; this was after being discovered by Arthur Mafokate, founder and owner of that record company.

Her move to get involved in the music industry at such a young age was encouraged and supported by her mother; she revealed this while speaking to Pearl Modiadie during an interview on an SABC 1 talk show, Zaziwa.

Chomee attended Noordgesig Secondary School in Orlando in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

When she matriculated she enrolled at Boston Media House in Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng to study a part-time four year National Diploma in Media.

In the face of a soaring performing career reports surfaced claiming that Chomee was no longer attending her classes at Boston Media House in Sandton.

“It’s not a good thing. I said I was going to school but I ended up being busy with my career. My studies ­suffered because of that,” she was quoted by the City Press in October 2009.

“I am not from a well-off family and I understand the importance of education, especially as an artist. You always need a back-up plan; something to fall back on.

“I feel bad for people who looked up to me ­because I went back to school, but this is part of the package,” Chomee reportedly said.

At the time she was in the third year of her four year studies; I don’t feel like a failure and I am not a quitter. I regret just a little that I let my studies suffer, but I will be back on top next year. We people tend to rush things. I happen to believe that the most ­important thing is to finish what you start. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you; it doesn’t help to rush,” Chomee said.

In 2012 the Sowetan reported that Chomee had graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a National Diploma in Media Studies, “I am very proud of myself. So is my music stable 999 and family, who are here to support me. It is unfortunate that my mother could not attend because she is not well. It took a lot of hard work to balance my career and studies, but I am very happy I made it,” she was quoted by that publication.

 

 

Music and Dance Career; 1996 – to date

Chomee was discovered by Arthur Mafokate in 1996 and was contracted as a dancer for 999 Music; this was at the height of the Kwaito genre with the label among those setting the tone and the standard in the South African music scene. She largely remained in the background for years with artists like Nestum (Zanele Nyakale) and Iyaya (Queen Sesoko) at the prime of their careers.

It was the release of the much talked about Arthur Mafokate’s “Sika Lekhekhe” that everyone took notice of Chomee. In 2005 she release her debut solo album titled, First Time, which helped her transition from dancer to recording artist. Since then Chomee has released a combined total of seven albums; First Time (2005), Twice as Nice (2006), Fantasy (2007), Queen of Dance (2008), Songstress [Tribute to the Divas] (2009), Fly The Flag (2010) and The Show (2011).

Down the years Chomee has had a number of smash hits including; Cried All My Tears, Dlala Nge Figure, Jika Sik’bone, Jiva Sexy, Stranger, Tell Me What You Want, This is for The Ladies, Uthando Lwakho and Ziyawa La. In 2013 she recorded a single with DJ Euphonik of 5FM titled “Jack Knife” and the pair later recorded a music video for that song.

 

 

Discography

Year Title Record Label Notes
2005 First Time 999 Music Debut Studio Album
2006 Twice as Nice 999 Music Second Studio Album
2007 Fantasy 999 Music Third Studio Album
2008 Queen of Dance 999 Music Fourth Studio Album
2009 Songstress 999 Music Fifth Studio Album
2010 Fly The Flag 999 Music Sixth Studio Album
2011 The Show 999 Music Seventh Studio Album

 

 

 

Television

In 2011 Chomee was a judge on the SABC 1 Macmillan Leshomo hosted reality dance competition show, Turn It Out, alongside Kitty Phetla and Sibu Radebe with Eric Prinsloo as Choreographer. In 2012 she return as a judge for the second season where the likes of Boity Thulo, Minnie Dlamini, Lerato Kganyago and Khanyi Mbau appeared as guest judges.

In 2012 she appeared one.tv’s reality show  Rolling with Kelly Khumalo. In 2013 she was a guest judge on an SABC 1 Aurthur Mafokate hosted reality dance competition show, U Can Do It, alongside Kelly Khumalo, Nomsa Madida and Luthando Shosha. Also in 2013 she joined the cast of SABC 2’s soap opera, Muvhango, where she portrayed the character of Miss Chichi.

In 2014 Chomee was featured on the fourth season of Rolling With, Rolling With Headliners; on that show she was a subject of a single episode. In 2015 she co-starred in the third season of the e.tv reality show, Reality Check, alongside afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo and hip-hop star iFani.

 

 

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2011 – 2012 Turn It Out Herself Judge, Dance Competition Show
2012 Rolling with Kelly Khumalo Herself Guest Appearance, Reality Show
2013 U Can Do It Herself Guest Judge, Dance Competition Show
2013 – 2014 Muvhango Miss Chichi Minor Role, Soap Opera
2015 Reality Check Herself Lead Role, Reality Show

 

 

 

Personal Life

Chomee’s relationship with Arthur Mafokate beyond 999 Music has long been a subject of speculation and enduring suspicion by the media. Amid speculation of an affair between her and one time collaborator, DJ Euphonik, Chomee appeared on Zaziwa where she would not be drawn into whether or not she was romantically involved with Arthur Mafokate or not but dismissed the allegations of an affair.

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