Actor Ayanda Daweti on his new role on Gomora

He joins the cast of Gomora as a good guy who gets roped into the life of crime.
He joins the cast of Gomora as a good guy who gets roped into the life of crime.

He's been on a break for months and was more than ready to get back into the swing of things.

He left his role as spoilt Chumani Langa on the e-tv soapie, Scandal! at the beginning of this year. Although he is enjoying the break, he misses playing the pampered youngster who lived a charmed life with many ups.

From once being drugged by his mother and tricked into killing his father and then struggling to come out as gay, it has been a rollercoaster ride being Chumani.

After playing Chumani for four years, his contract at Scandal! was not renewed. Leaving the show was bittersweet for the 32-year-old actor and musician Ayanda Daweti.

He wished to have stayed longer but now he's opening himself up to more opportunities.

“Leaving a role that I played for so long and a group of talented actors who have since become like family to me is sad, but it's all part of growth,” he tells Drum.

“It just means it’s time for me to explore other versions of my acting. Who knows, Chumani might make a return,” he adds.

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Ayanda joins the star-studded cast of telenovela Gomora, which revolves around the life of a family in the Alexandra township. He plays the role of Sizwe who gets embroiled in township crime activities.

“Sizwe made an appearance when Gugu first entered the show. He was her driver, but that was very brief. He now comes back to join a very hot storyline,” he says.

Without giving too much away, Ayanda says he comes into Gomora as Gugu’s love interest but also gets his hands sticky when he is involved in some criminal activity in the township.

“He is not really a thug, but he gets involved in some dangerous, criminal activity with Qhoqhoqho.”

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He's excited to take on a new challenge. Ayanda was once nominated for a Royalty Soapie Award alongside Aubrey Pooe, Hamilton Dlamini, and Themba Ndaba royalty soapie awards in 2021 and can’t wait to show his versatility.

“I get to play someone different either than Chumani or show the gangster side,” he says. “Being an actor means adaptable to any kind of role. I hope this will open doors for me to show my true acting skills.”

Still humble and respectful towards his craft, Ayanda also wants to take this time to explore his music career to the fullest.

This year, he plans to release his joint venture album titled Gwijo Wave alongside Xhosa rapper Elnino of Hip-Hop sensation, Driemanskaap.

“I have been talking about releasing more music for some time. But quality takes time,” he says.

His first album was a six-track tribute to his aunt titled Stella, then he followed with another EP titled, Nomalizwi.

“UNomalizwi is my late mom’s name. I am dedicating that project to her,” he says.

“We have been working on Gwijo Wave for a few months now and this is a perfect opportunity to share what we have in store. The album features seven amazing songs that touch on various topics affecting us, love, family, money, we aim to inspire through music,” he adds.

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