Lalla Hirayama

Lalla Hirayama is a Japan-born South African actress, dancer, model, television personality. She joined Shado Twala and DJ Fresh as a judges of’s fifth season of SA’s Got Talent and has been hosting VUZU TV’s V-Entertainment since it’s third season.

Lalla Hirayama
Born Lalla Hirayama
February 10, 1988
Education BIC
Occupation Actress, Dancer
TV Personality
Since 2005 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Lalla Hirayama was born in Hiratsuka in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan.

She was born to a Japanese mother and a white South African father of Jewish descent.

Lalla Hirayama is the only child to her parents.

In one interview she said she way brought in the old school typical Japanese way “think Samurais and Zen”.

Her father, although a white Jewish man, is a Sangoma (Shaman).

Lalla Hirayama has previously stated that she comes from a diverse background; Buddhism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, and other belief systems and cultures.

She spent her early years in Japan, then moved to Australia and at the age of about six Lalla Hirayama came to South Africa.

Lalla Hirayama started her primary schooling at Fairways Primary School in Sandton, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

While in primary school she took part in horse riding and athletics and in 1997 Lalla Hirayama became Junior Horse Riding Champion.

In 2001 Lalla Hirayama returned to Japan where she taught hip hop, tap and modern dancing in Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture.

In 2002 she came back to South Africa where she registered at the British International College (BIC) in Bryanston, Joahannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa, for her high school education.

While completing her high school education Lalla Hirayama was involved in dance training.

In 2005 she began performing professionally, dancing at a number of corporate functions under the Vigor8 Company.

In 2006 Lalla Hirayama founded the Clinch City Entertainment (ACC), a hip hop marketing & events company.

In that year she became part of the official dancers for renowned artists of that time, among others; the late Lebo Mathosa of Boom Shaka fame, and Tshwarelo ‘Relo’ Nhlapo; performed with Skwatta Kamp; and was featured in music videos of Unathi Msengana and Loyiso Bala.


Prominence, 2007 – to date

In 2007 Lalla Hirayama became an SABC dancer at at the Rand Show, Royal Show and the Grahamstown Festival; and in November of the years she joined SABC 1 as presenter and brand ambassador.

In 2009 she joined’s hit sopie Rhythm City where she portrayed the character of Felicia, one of three members of a fictional all-girl music group called Sizzle.

In that year she was also featured on’s reality competition show, The AXE Sweet Life, as a Dark Angel alongside Trevor Noah (co-host), Eugene Khoza (co-host),Precious Makgaretsa (Dark Angel), Joelle Kayembe (Dark Angel),  Zizo Beda (Dark Angel), Phumeza (Guest Judge), Tansey Coetzee (Guest Judge), and Leanne Liebenberg (Guest Judge).

In 2010 Lalla Hirayama was appointed as the first continuity presenter of the free-to-air  interactive mobile television system Massiv TV.

In 2011 she joined DJ Fresh as co-host of the third season of’s reality competition show, Tropika Island of Treasure, which took place in the island of Phuket in Thailand.The third season of Tropika Island of Treasure featured the following celebrity contestants; Bonang Matheba, Dionne Song, JR (eventual winner), Khanyi Mbau, Loyiso Gola, Snotkop and Tatum Keshwar.

Also in 2011 Lalla Hirayama joined two VUZU TV shows; she hosted reality competition show Masters of Rhythm and joined Siyabonga Ngwekazi as a replacement of the outgoing Nonhle Thema as co-host of the entertainment magazine show, V-Entertainment. She was a red carpet reporter at the 2011 and 2012 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards.

Lalla Hirayama, Shado Twala and DJ Fresh; SAs Got TalentIn 2013, along with professional dancer partner – Grant Esterhuizen – Lalla Hirayama took part in the sixth season of SABC 3’s  dance competition show, Strictly Come Dancing SA.

The other couples in that dance competition show were; Connie Ferguson and Brandon Eilers, Damon Kalvari and Hayley Hammond, Graeme Richards and Lindsey Muckle, Kuli Roberts and Sylvester Sefotlhelo, L’vovo Derrango and Mary Martin, Mpho Popps and Nombulelo Hlathi, Jay Antsey and Tsholo Mohohlwane, Thapelo Mokoena and Hayley Bennett as well as Zakeeya Patel and Ryan Hammond. In 2014 Lalla Hirayama reunited with DJ Fresh to join Shado Twala as judges of the fifth season of’s Tats Nkonzo hosted SA’s Got Talent. She also appeared as a guest on the fourth season of’s Nicky Greenwall hosted Screentime with Nicky Greenwall.




Year Title Role Notes
2007 – 2008 SABC 1 Herself Presenter
2009 Rhythm City Felicia Soap Opera
2009 The AXE Sweet Life Herself Reality Competition Show
2010 Massiv TV Herself Presenter
2011 Tropika Island of Treasure 6 Herself Co-Host
2011 Masters of Rhythm Herself Co-Host
2011 – to date V-Entertainment Herself Co-Host
2012 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards 9 Herself Red Capert Reporter
2013 Strictly Come Dancing SA 6 Herself Dance Competition Show
2014 – to date SA’s Got Talent Herself Judge



Personal Life

Lalla Hirayama and Chris NkosiLalla Hirayama has been in a relationship with club manager, Chris Nkosi, at least since 2010.

She has discussed the relationship on numerous interviews and has said on numerous occasions that she would like to be married to him.

“He [Chris Nkosi] keeps me on the straight and narrow. We live together and so I get to see him right before I close my eyes at night and he’s the first thing I see every morning,” she said in one interview.

“We try and spend as much quality time together as possible. I feel like that’s important in this industry”.

“He [Chris Nkosi] must make sure that my engagement ring puts Khloe Kardashian’s to shame. So, he has a lot of saving to do. Up until that ring is paid for, there’s no wedding plans,” she joked in the same interview.