The Masked Singer South Africa Judges: Meet the Detectives

The Masked Singer South Africa Season 1 detectives (judges) were revealed on Tuesday 4 April 2023, at a press conference in Randburg, Gauteng.

The Masked Singer South Africa Judges, (Left to Right): Skhumba, J'Something, Sithelo Shozi, and Somizi Mhlongo
The Masked Singer South Africa judges, (Left to Right): Skhumba, J’Something, Sithelo Shozi, and Somizi Mhlongo.

The Masked Singer South Africa Detectives

The Masked Singer South Africa Season 1 judges in 2023 are; J’Something, Sithelo Shozi, Somizi Mhlongo, and Skhumba, below we take a look at each of them.


J’Something whose real name is Joao da Fonseca, is a South African singer, songwriter, record producer, and celebrity chef.

J'Something - The Masked Singer South Africa detective

He was born in Faro District, Portugal, but moved to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape province with his parents at the age of 7 after his father got a job offer as a beverage manager at Fish River Sun.

He would later change his name to J’Something because so many people found it hard to pronounce Joao.

J’Something is the guitarist and lead singer of the famous South African band, Mi Casa. Other band members are Dr. Duda, the producer and pianist, and Mo-T, the trumpeter.

Away from music, J’Something has a popular restaurant, Artistry located in Johannesburg and has published several books, he is also a judge on My Kitchen Rules South Africa.

J’Something has a wife, Cordelia Godi, who he married in 2016 and together they have a son who was born in 2017.

Sithelo Shozi

Sithelo Shozi is a South African DJ, content creator, and musician. She was born in 1994 in eMkhomazi, a small coastal village on the subtropical south coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

Sithelo Shozi - The Masked Singer South Africa detective
Sithelo Shozi.

Sithelo attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) where she studied Political Theory, she also studied at POW Academy in Durban where had lessons on how to play recorded music.

She is famously known as the baby mama and ex-girlfriend of socialite Andile Mpisane, with whom they have two daughters.

Sithelo had her firstborn, a son, from a past relationship with Makhosini Maseko, aka Lord Phil.

Because she wanted to build her children an empire, Sithelo launched the luxury apparel Baby M.

She is also a socialite and influencer and has worked with top brands in South Africa.

Somizi Mhlongo

Somizi Mhlongo is a South African actor, choreographer, entrepreneur, occasional singer, published author, radio, and television personality famous for starring in the 1992 musical and political film, Sarafina!

Somizi Mhlongo - The Masked Singer South Africa detective
Somizi Mhlongo.

Somizi is also famously known for being a judge on the television singing competition Idols South Africa, a position he has held for nine seasons since 2015.


Skhumba Hlophe famously known as Skhumba, is a South African comedian, radio, and television personality.

Skhumba - The Masked Singer South Africa detective

He was raised in Thembisa by his grandmother, Leria Hlophe, in her four-bedroom house.

Skhumba’s mother could not afford to pay for his university tuition because she earned too little money given that she worked at a dry cleaner.

Therefore for him to get through tertiary education, Skhumba worked at SACP for 13 years, but he quit in 2016. It took him four times to finally matriculate and by then he was already 22 years old.


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