Leslie 'Lee' Kasumba

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Leslie 'Lee' Kasumba (born May 21, 1980) is a Ugandan radio and TV presenter, media personality, writer, singer, and songwriter in Africa.She has worked as the Head of Channel O Africa since 2011 and is one of the most influential and reputable media personalities in Africa.

Leslie Kasumba was born in Uganda and raised in South Africa. Her parents initially wanted her to study something more academic, but by the time she was 19, she began working as a DJ and entered the field of entertainment.

Leslie has served as a TV host for Emcee Africa. She also hosted the African Live 8 music concert, and presented the key-note address to the United Nations at the Global African Hip-Hop Summit.

Leslie has worked internationally as an on-air personality. She has presented African radio shows in Norway, co-hosted the BBC's 'World Have Your Say' along with Ross Atkins which was broadcast to over 20 million people worldwide, and was continually invited to be a panelist on the show. She's worked with radio stations in Netherlands on a program called 'This Is Africa', their biggest hip-hop radio program.

Leslie Kasumba has worked as the head of Channel O Africa for 3 years. She has worked as part of the Big Brother Africa panel, worked on the Channel O Awards team, been a team member of the AMVCA and participated in numerous talks internationally.

Leslie is also regarded as having played an important role in Hip hop in Africa. Due to her love and relevance to the culture, she's been labelled the 'First Lady of Hip hop' in South Africa. She's hosted several hip-hop battles in South Africa, and traveled around the continent as TV host for Emcee Africa. She's exclusively interviewed various International hip hop acts, including Damian Marley, K’naan, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Eve and Praz of the Fugees, and hosted the Live 8 and the 'Mixtape Interviews' with Missy Elliott. She's also the First African woman to be featured in XXL Magazine.

Kasumba emceed Beyonce's concert in South Africa,[8] and has been a judge at the BET awards, South Africa Music Awards and Hype Magazine Hip Hop Awards.

Kasumba is also a singer and song writer who has performed at Alicia Key’s Banquet and performed backup vocals for award-winning albums.

Kasumba appeared on the cover of Black, Mania, Y! Naija, Genevieve and more recently the June 2014 edition of Exquisite Magazine.

She is the owner and co-founder of Harambe Africa, which aims to link African Youth together through hip hop music.

Leslie Kasumba is the head of Channel O Africa, a position she has held since 2011.

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Profile added by Stanley Gazemba on 10 Feb 2015
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