Boity Thulo

Boity Thulo
Born
Boitumelo Thulo

(1990-04-28) April 28, 1990 (age 31)
EducationMonash University
Occupation
Years active
  • Television personality:
    2011–present
  • Rapper:
    2017–present
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsDef Jam Records
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial site

Boitumelo Thulo (born April 28, 1990), popularly known as Boity, is a South African television personality, rapper, actress, businesswoman and model. In 2019, Thulo was named as one of Forbes Africa's 30 Under 30 for her contribution in the music and entertainment sector.[2]

She came to spotlight after the release of her debut single "Wuz Dat" (2018) featuring Nasty C. In 2020, she signed a record deal with Def Jam and release her EP 4436.[3]The EP was nominated for Best Hip Hop Album at the 27th South African Music Awards.

Early life

Thulo was born in Potchefstroom, North West, where she was raised by her maternal grandmother.[4] She is the only daughter of Modiehi Thulo, her mother.

Thulo studied psychology and criminology at Monash University, but later dropped out because her mother was unable to pay for her varsity fees.[5] She then signed to a casting agency which resulted in her in appearing on a Wimpy commercial in 2010.

Career

Film and television

Thulo's television career began when she presented the YOTV educational show "Crib Notes" in 2011. She then was a co-host on the SABC 1 The Media Career Guide Show, which she hosted alongside Thomani Mahlaba.[6][7] She also served host duties in several television shows, including SkyRoom Live, Ridiculousness Africa, Club 808, Zoned, Change Down, and Big Brother Africa.[8]

In 2012, Thulo starred on the drama series Rockville, which was her first starring role. She appeared for all 4 seasons playing "Mpho Bogatsu".[9]

Thulo's film debut was in 2014 when she starred on a comedy short-film Dear Betty, were she played "Betty".[10] She also was featured in the film Mrs Right Guy (2016) where she played "Marie" which was not a huge role.[11]

Music

Thulo made her rapping debut on the Migos Culture Tour in South Africa on 21 October 2017 at TicketPro Dome.[12] As Migos were delayed by a few hours, Thulo joined Nasty C as one of the opening acts until the trio arrived.[13]

On 30 August 2018, Thulo released her debut single "Wuz Dat", featuring Nasty C.[14] The song became the first ever single by a female rapper in South Africa to be certified Platinum and this making it the best selling single of all time by a female rapper in that country respectively.[15] It also won the category of "Best Collaboration" at the 2018 South African Hip-Hop Awards, thus making her the first and first lead female rapper to achieve this.[16][17][18]

On 8 February 2019, she released her second single titled "Bakae".[19]

In October 2020, Boity headlined to Rose Fest alongside with Ami Faku, Simmy and Busiswa.[20] On 4 December 2020, she released the EP 4436, centering mainly on Boity, and containing features from Ricky Rick, and a variety of other artists.[21]The album was nominated at 27th South African Music Awards as Best Hip Hop album.

In 2021 it was announced that Boity Concluded a deal with Def Jam Africa. It was first announced by her on Twitter.[22]On August 19, 2021, she announced her upcoming single "The yano way" on instagram. The song will features Daliwonga and Felo.[23]

Other Ventures

In 2016, she collaborated with Sissy-Boy for a jean collection which was predicted to be about "being sexy and celebrating curves".[24] Thulo continued her venture with Sissy-Boy as they released a new collection in July 2018.[25]

In 2018, she partnered with Impulse SA in creating limited edition fragrances.[26] She also graced the cover of Cosmopolitan SA for the September issue.

Business

In 2021 Boity announced the launch of her new beverage alcohol and non-alcohol drinks. The BT signature.[27]

Personal life

Relationships

Thulo had previously dated rapper Cassper Nyovest and are seen as having an on-again, off-again relationship.[28] The pair got engaged but then they called off their engagement and ended their relationship in December 2015.[29] In October 2021, Thulo was hospitalised after she had a fight with Bugy Bikwa.[30]

Honours

Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 creatives

In July 2019, Thulo was named by the Forbes magazine amongst the 30 under 30 creatives category list for her contribution to the music and entertainment sector,[31] the list featured other young African creatives like Nigerian musician Burna Boy, South African actress, TV and radio personality Thando Thabethe, Ghanaian contemporary artist Joseph Awuah-Darko, also known as Okuntakinte and Kenyan film director, producer and screenwriter Njue Kevin.[32][33]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011 4 Play- Sex Tips For Girls Lindi 7 episodes
2011 Crib Notes Presenter Host
2011 The Media Career Guide Herself Co-host
2011 Turn It Out: Street Battle Herself Guest judge
2012 Zoned Herself Co-host
2013 10 Over 10 Herself Commentator
2013 Turn It Out Herself Guest judge
2013 19th Annual South African Music Awards Herself Co-host
2013 ScreenTime with Nicky Greenwall Herself Special guest
2013 Big Brother Africa Herself Online insert presenter
2014 I Love South Africa Herself Contestant
2014 Rolling With... Celeb Edition Herself Special guest
2014 Strictly Come Dancing SA Herself Contestant
2014 Reality Check" Herself Presenter
2014 My Perfect Family Trisha Guest cast
2014 Tongue in Check Herself Host
2015 Club 808 Herself Co-host
2016 The Close-Up Herself Guest
2016 Lip Sync Battle Africa Herself Contestant; Episode 1
2016 Ridiculousness Africa Herself Co-host
2016 High Rollers Charity Cast
2017 Rhythm City Luscious Lu Guest role
2017 Change Down Herself Host
2018 Massive Music Herself Guest
2019 Celeb Feasts with Zola Herself Guest
2020 "Own Your Throne" Herself

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Taxi Ride Deja Television Film
2014 Dear Betty Betty
2016 Mrs Right Guy Marie

Discography

EPs

  • 4436 (2020)

Singles

Title Year
"Wuz Dat"
(With Nasty C)
2018
"Bakae" 2019
"Switch it up "
(With Lioness and Nazizi)
"Original Recipe (Remix)"
(Stogie T featuring Boity)
"Utatakho (Remix)"
(Yanga Chief ft. Riky Rick, Dee Koala & Boity)
"Thembi"
(Costa Titch featuring Boity)
2020
"Own Your Throne"

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Work/Recipient Category Result
2018 SAHHA Wuz Dat (ft. Nasty C) Best Collaboration Won[34][35][36]
2020 Utatakho (Remix) Best Collaboration Nominated[37]
Utatakho (Remix) Best Remix Won[38]
Utatakho (Remix) Song Of The Year Nominated
2021 SAMAs 27 4436 Best Hip Hop Album Nominated[39]

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