A nice smile is not all there is to this entertainment staple ProVerb, real name Tebogo Sidney Thapelo Thekisho.
Since bursting onto the scene in 1999, the year the world was in hysterics over the Y2K bug, ProVerb has not only recorded thought-provoking art, but he has also left an indelible mark with his social responsibility initiatives that have surely change lives.
ProVerb is the current Idols SA host and he has been for seasons 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17. He got his role on Idols SA before the start of season 6 and he co-hosted it with Liezel van der Westhuizen who had already hosted season 5 alone.
ProVerb is also the Executive producer of Idols SA and he has been since Season 9 in 2013.
Away from Idols SA, ProVerb is a rapper, DJ, producer, businessman in and outside of the entertainment industry, published author, formidable speaker, master of ceremonies, radio and TV personality.
He launched his rap career in 1999 and went on to release 6 music projects, 5 albums and 1 mixtape. These include ‘The Book of ProVerb’ and ‘Write Of Passage’.
He co-hosted on Channel O’s music show O-Boma and presented an MC competition on SABC1’s Jam Alley.
He has had his own Saturday and Sunday radio show Pro-File on Metro FM and produces the station’s Drive-Time show.
These days ProVerb is carving out a niche for himself as one of South Africa’s most dynamic and endearing hosts taking centre-stage for some of the nation’s biggest TV productions like The Miss South Africa pageant.
In 2017, he won the Favourite Presenter Award at the YOU Spectacular awards.
ProVerb has recently studied Property Development and Investment at the University of Cape Town and a course in Tax Law.
But what keeps him coming back year after year? “The process of feeling like I’m a part of a show that seeks to unearth fresh, new talent. As a musician myself, I really get fulfilled by ushering in new talent,” he enthuses.