Based: Cape Town

Mawonga Gayiya is a natural born entertainer. He became a student at the College of Magic when he was just 10 years old, where he honed his natural flair for performance, his magical skill and his own uniquely approachable style of comedy magic.

Mawonga has accrued an impressive list of accolades and awards. In 2008 he was selected to represent South Africa at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas and then went on to win the Western Cape Junior Magician Championships. In 2010 he starred in the acclaimed production, “Imagine” at the Artscape Theatre, receiving a Silver Medallion for his performance. In 2012, he was a finalist in the FISM Africa championships and was then again honoured to represent African magic, this time in China, at the 2013 International Magic Championships. In 2014 Mawonga produced his first one-man show, Astonish, which was a great success at the 2015 Cape Town Fringe Festival, where it was produced and directed by the award-winning Stuart Lightbody. Most recently, Mawonga won a bronze medal at the 2015 SA Magic Championships.

Born and raised in Khayelitsha, Mawonga is a ‘local boy made good’, and has been featured on the popular ‘100% Youth’ show on SABC 1. He also a member of the College of Magic teaching staff, assisting with training programmes for disadvantaged youth in the Western and Northern Cape. Having been compared to a young Trevor Noah, by Cue Newspaper, we can only expect great thing from this talented young man.