It’s a bittersweet moment for Somizi after his late mother made her debut – and final screen appearance – on Beyonce’s acclaimed visual album Black Is King
The album – which dropped last week – featured the veteran actress alongside several other SA stars like Nandi Madida, Nambitha Ben-Mazwai and Connie Chiume.
“I cant stop crying……with pride……what a legend …..and I call her my mother,” Somizi captioned a social media post displaying his mother’s screen credit.
In the scene mimicking The Lion King, Mary plays the role of Rafiki receiving a gift from Simba, whilst Beyonce sings the words. “To God we belong, to God we return”.
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I cant stop crying……with pride pic.twitter.com/IPtFKRQHZq
— somizi somGAGA (@somizi) August 1, 2020
It was an emotional moment for tweeps too, who reacted with pride and joy, tinged with a sense of sadness…
The legendary South African actress Mary Kuksie Twala-Mhlongo, portrays an elder whom Simba presents his fetish (nkisi as called by the BaKongo of Zaire) to prove he is ready for his inheritance.
Mary passed away on July 4th, and leaves behind a legacy of respect ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qJpmrUd16L
— ✨ (@earftones) August 1, 2020
— Miss Thandi Beatrice (@BeliciousMuse) August 1, 2020
What a beautiful swan song. Mary Twala was and is a treasure pic.twitter.com/4LdPtPSOF0
— kamala (@seluliwe_) August 2, 2020
— IG: Blythlie (@blythlie) August 1, 2020
— Katlego #OhNana (@Katli_Mendes) August 1, 2020
Mary Twala being a part of Black Is King means so much to me and many other south africans. May her soul rest in peace 💜💙 pic.twitter.com/Iutxf6sYQK
— #1 Wonder what she thinks of me Stan (@stols_wc) July 30, 2020