He's making his dreams come true, one comedy skit at a time.
Siyabulela Deli, popularly known as Ta Fire, is famous for his comedy skits on social media where his fictional character Masixole navigates life by addressing common topics within the black community.
After years of making people laugh on social media, he's branching out to TV and hopes to leave his mark in the entertainment industry.
Siyabulela (24) has landed himself a lead role in a new Mzansi Magic film titled Kuyafiwa Esihogweni which is a sequel of Kuyafiwa Ezulwini. The first film, Kuyafiwa Ezulwini takes on a comedic look as to what would happen if heaven had a home affairs.
DRUM spoke to the leading actor as well as the movie producer Nomvuselelo Dlamini.
Kuyafiwa Esihogweni follows Vusi, once a deviant thief who had redeemed himself and turned into a keyboard player at his church. But it wasn't long before he returned to his thieving ways and after church sermons he starts pocketing money from the church's collection basket. He's got big dreams of using it to advance his music career, but he's shot and dies before he could make that happen.
What happens next is a man negotiating his way through the 'after death' system.
Siyabulela says he enjoyed playing Vusi and being a part of a Mzansi Magic production as acting has always been his passion.
“Vusi is a very troublesome Xhosa boy who is willing to do anything to get what he wants. He wants to live his dream and also take care of his family,” he tells DRUM.
“Before content creation, acting has always been my passion. It was such a blessing when I received a call to for the lead role of this film and its not just any role it’s a big role. I prepared myself very well and hopefully there will be many more after this. Hopefully other directors out there will see that I'm not just about comedy, there is more to Ta Fire than content creation.”
Siyabulela says growing up he was a troublesome child.
“In my family I was the only child that was beaten by my grandfather, he was not the kind of man to hit children, but I think I pushed him too far, but I was very respectful but naughty. My mother used to spoil us a lot, I grew up in a steady and warm home. I grew up with 'white privilege', something you would not understand,” he jokes.
He says when he first started making his skits the internet was not that much of a thing and content creation was not that popular.
“I am very fortunate to be one of the first people to use the internet to launch my career and it has grown beyond my imagination. I have learnt a lot in the industry in the years that I have been active in. I have learnt that you need to be patient because your time is going to come.”
Ta Fire says he's got a lot of exciting projects lined up for the year and can't wait to share them with his followers as they happen.
Nomvuselelo Dlamini is a young producer who created Kuyafiwa and has worked on multiple productions that have been aired on Mzansi Magic and she is looking forward to writing more productions moving forward.
“The concept of Kuyafiwa was inspired by me thinking it would be cool to have a home affairs in heaven. I wanted to use what frustrates us in real life and see how those things would frustrate us in the afterlife. Characters in the film that wear white went to heaven and the ones that wore red meant that they belonged in hell and Vusi had an all-red outfit with a small stain of white and he fought against the idea of being in hell. We incorporated comedy to make the film light and not too dark,” she tells DRUM.
She's always wanted to write films, she says, from the time she was in high school. And she worked to make it happen.
“My big producing break come when I was part of the Multi-Choice talent factory which at the time was called Magic in Motion. I produced two movies, my first movie was Ngeculo and I wrote and produced Kuyafiwa the prequel as well.”
Nomvuselelo hopes to produce for the likes of ShowMax and Netflix but says that she is grateful for every opportunity she gets to leave her mark in the film industry.
Kuyafiwa Esihogweni will air on 23 January on Mzansi Magic at 20:30