St Albans teen teams up with South Africa’s ‘Queen of Bling’ Khanyi Mbau
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She is a South African ‘Queen of Bling’ and he is a determined St Albans social media king.
Teenager Dylan Musanhu has teamed up with a television star thousands of miles away to help boost her online profile, while she has helped him gain a regular slot on her radio show.
The 19-year-old Marlborough Science Academy pupil put his media studies coursework to good use by editing photos of Khanyi Mbau, a South African television personality, actress and socialite, after noticing most online pictures of her were “pretty basic”.
Dylan said: “I put them on Instagram and tagged her in.
“She sent me a private message saying they were amazing.”
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So impressed was the star that she asked Dylan to continue designing and editing pictures for her.
A Wikipedia page he set up for Khanyi explains that in 2014 she featured in Strictly Come Dancing South Africa, while her talk show, “Katch It With Khanyi”, was nominated for the South African Film and Television Awards 2015.
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Dylan has also designed a website which he runs for her.
Small wonder, then, she has described him as a ‘gift from God’.
Dylan said: “She emails me loads of photos from photo shoots, which I then edit and she puts on Instagram. When she is filming for her talk show, she sends me pictures every day from the set, and I put them on the website.”
Khanyi, who also presents one of the biggest young adult radio stations in South Africa every weekend, asked Dylan to try doing a short stint on her show.
Battling nerves, he did an entertainment piece talking about celebrities and was such a success that the radio producers asked him to continue.
Dylan said: “They call me at 10.30am to connect me, and I tell stories about what is happening with celebrities. I do my show for five to eight minutes every Sunday.
“I feel blessed, and lucky. But at the same time, I still don’t believe it.”
It is not the first time Dylan has caught a celebrity’s attention.
Back in 2012, a year after moving to St Albans from South Africa, he began rapping and singing his version of a range of hits.
Early last year rapper Nicki Minaj posted a picture of herself alongside Dylan - where he was posing like the singer - on Instagram where it quickly received over 50,000 ‘likes’.
And last year, he racked up over one million views of his videos on YouTube.
The teen, who intends to study media production at the University of Hertfordshire, praised Marlborough’s head of performing arts, Serdah Salih, for teaching him the skills needed to be so successful at a young age.
Dylan said: “Mr Salih said he was proud of me - but he has taught me so much.”