Musician pursues passion in new soapie acting role

Zoë Mahopo

WITH two albums under his belt, Kabomo Vilakazi has become the darling of the local music scene.

Now the singer has turned to acting and will appear in Mzansi Magic’s new soapie, Zabalaza.

Acting has always been Vilakazi’s passion, but he says Zabalaza is his first big acting gig.

“I have only played small parts in plays. I also had a part in Soul City, but it was so insignificant that I don’t think anyone even recognised me,” he says.

Vilakazi adds that he would love to appear in movies some day soon.

Zabalaza is about the Cele family, who live in Soweto, with Seputla Sebogodi as Jazzman, the family patriarch.

Vilakazi plays Herbert, Jazzman’s accountant. He is a principled man and challenges Jazzman’s shady business dealings. For Vilakazi, working with veteran actor Sebogodi is a wonderful opportunity and great exposure.

Other members of the cast are seasoned actors Zandile Msutwana and Baby Cele, who plays the Cele matriarch.

M-Net’s director for local interest channels, Yolisa Phahle, says the soapie evolved from the Lokshin Bioskop genre, which had become popular.

Though the Lokshin Bioskop stories are usually full-length movies, Phahle says this time they decided on a series for variety .

Phahle says although Zabalaza is essentially a township story, it has universal elements that will resonate with a wider audience.

“I believe that good soapies educate through entertainment and this is an opportunity to give viewers guidance and support,” Phahle says.

Zabalaza airs on Mzansi Magic tonight at 9pm.

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