Port Shepstone actor in SABC TV drama

2016-10-20 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Gamalakhe actor Siphesihle 'Nono' Cele at a theatre performance.

PHOTO: supplied Gamalakhe actor Siphesihle 'Nono' Cele at a theatre performance.

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PORT Shepstone award-winning actor Siphesihle “Nono” Cele recently appeared as “Jojo” in Uzalo, the SABC drama after being approached by the production team in May.

Cele has worked his way up in the art industry after performing in theatres­ in Durban.

He said his acting career started at Galeni High School in Gamalakhe under the guidance of his teacher, Thokoza Sithole.

After finishing matric he studied civil engineering at Berea Technical College in Durban, but he dropped out after a year after realising his passion lies in acting.

“I dropped out of engineering and joined an art group in Gamalakhe - Emuhle All Artists - and was fortunate to be selected by a Swedish acting recruitment group called Twist Projects, which signed me into a three-year contract,” said Cele.

While part of the group he received three awards at the Inkundla Theatre Festival, one for best actor, one for acting in the best scripted show and one for acting in the best directed show in 2011.

Cele was involved in many other acting projects and one of his highlights was performing at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

“In 2014 I auditioned in Durban at the eThekwini Living Legends for one of their musicals Amabazo, The Musical alongside Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I was then approached by Edmond Mhlongo, who recommended that I study at his acting institution, Ekhaya Multi-Art Centre.”

At the institution he played a leading role in a play and then wrote his own play - I-Phaseji - and directed it, for which he received a best director award.

Cele is now a lecturer at Ekhaya Multi-Art Centre in Durban

His advice to upcoming arts talents is to study hard.

“I would really advise other artists to study and when entering the art industry don’t focus on money, art is not about fame, it is about dedication and passion,”

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