A new Sarafina to debut at the State Theatre

By Khosi Biyela
27 February 2017

Replacing Leleti, is a bit nerve-wracking but an honor to fill those shoes- Noxolo.

By Khosi Biyela There is a new kid on the theatre stage and her name is Noxolo Dlamini . She will be playing the new revamped Sarafina in the production written by Mbongeni Ngema and later turned into an award-winning film starring Leleti Khumalo, Whoopi Goldberg and Miriam Makeba. We spoke to the passionate 23-year-old talent after her late rehearsals for the show that is due to start on 28 February at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

Q. Tell us more about Noxolo Dlamini?

A. I was born in Chiawelo, Soweto and I have lived there my entire life. I was raised by a single mother, Selina Dlamini, together with my four siblings. Performing has always been a part of my life and my family has always known that I was born for this.

Q. You were on the Lion King, tell us more about that?

A. In 2013 I auditioned for the Lion King Hong Kong which was my first professional audition but I did not get the part. In 2014 I auditioned again for the Lion King Musical and I got the part. I joined the Lion King’s cast  in London’s West End. This was my first job after graduation.

Q. You are the new Sarafina, was it difficult auditioning for the role?

A. It was not difficult, but it was long process. I had three call backs before I go the job. But I already knew after my the first call back that I was in the running for the role.

Q. What is it like playing Sarafina and replacing the talented Leleti Khumalo?

A. Playing Sarafina is exciting, more than anything. It requires a whole lot of energy, which I have, and a whole lot of love for what I do. I feel I have a great task at hand to tell this story in the best way possible. But replacing Leleti, is a bit nerve-wracking but an honour to fill those shoes.

Q. This is such an iconic production, how are you going to make sure that you are memorable like Leleti?

A. I am going to make sure that I do what Noxolo does best. I'm not going to try and imitate how Leleti portrayed the character. I will not be completely different, but she will be played by a different actor, therefore a difference approach can be expected.

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