A radio and TV personality joins DStv’s pan-African lifestyle channel, HONEY (DStv 173). Lebyane takes on the role of host on Sangoma, Khanyisa!. In an emotional, raw and honest setting, desperate people who feel distressed by life’s problems come to see our popular sangoma, Mkhulu Rametsi. Together with family and loved ones, each person has the chance to find out if there are unknown forces working against them in their life. Lebyane acts as a counselor in the show, to allow guests to talk through what brought them to Mkhulu Rametsi’s doorstep. We sat down with Lebyane to find out more about her role on the show.
1. What does it mean to you to be part of a pan-African television channel?
This is the lifelong dream of my media work. When I started on the radio at The voice of Soweto, I only played music from all over our continent. It was the most stimulating base of my career, and every opportunity I had was to embrace the African continent as a South African. It was about living the Pan-African dream.
2. Have you ever seen yourself hosting a show like this?
I’ve been blessed to host shows about my people, difficult and uncomfortable conversations that aren’t about glamor but life and this type of production chooses me and I’ve come to accept that I’m called to be an intermediary for this. I gave myself up to ideas about the type of shows I do. I am committed to helping people to heal, to change their mindset, to assert themselves while we entertain our people with dignity. And Sangoma, Khanyisa! resonates with the times we live in and what our people are looking for.
3. How does a show like this help viewers better understand traditional healing?
It removes myths, taboos and misinformation by showing the spiritual connections we have with our ancestors, whether we prescribe, understand or believe in ancestors or not. Life and its challenges are what bring people to the show and they seek help and answers to the questions they have. It’s illuminating to say the least.
4. What can people expect from the show?
The real life questions we all struggle to get answered, they can expect a demonstration of the power of the spirit world as experienced by those who connect with their ancestors to gain clarity and understanding at through the bones of Mkhulu Rametsi.
5. What are your favorite TV shows right now?
When they return from the consultation with a bounce in their step, a smile on their face and a few tears of relief from the burden they have taken away.
6. Where to go from here for Penny?
Definitely more pan-African work, the amplification of our stories, presenting herself as an authentic voice to the world as a woman who is unabashed and unwavering in her Africanness. Our African spirituality is part of the greater journey of decolonizing us from the shackles of our past.
Find #SangomaKhanyisa every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on DStv 173. HONEY is available on DStv Access, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium. Watch the promo here.