Former Rhythm City's Mpho Molepo joins Skeem Saam – ‘In 25 years, I never experienced a dry season’

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Mpho Molepo joins Skeem Saam.

He is hardly ever called by his real name when in public. He is either Fats from Rhythm City or Digger from Zone 14. 

He always portrays his characters so well that fans eventually forget his real name. 

Now they will have a new name to call him, Jazz-T, as he joins one of the biggest shows on TV, Skeem Saam. 

Mpho Molepo says Fats and Digger were defining roles.

"Digger raised some eyebrows and Fats allowed me the freedom to play.

"There is a woman who smacked me in the grocery store, for locking the character Sting in the mortuary fridge in Zone 14." 

He tells Drum viewers are about to meet an easy-going music producer, streetwise and a smooth talker with Jazz-T. Mpho takes over the character from Karabo Mokhubela, who died in July 2020. 

“It’s not easy to take over from another actor. They have been established to the viewers,” he says. 

But he's going to give it his best.

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When Rhythm City closed its doors, it was not an easy goodbye for him. He spent years on the e.tv drama. 

“Of course it was hard to walk away from it. More so, because the show was doing well, we won Best Soap for two consecutive years,” he says. 

It's been three months and he has secured a new job. 

“I must say, in my 25 years of being in the industry, I never experienced a dry season, which is a blessing,” he tells us. 

With a career built on the solid foundation of educational theatre, he is well equipped to join this show.

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“The show is relevant and educational. I love changing people's mindsets. Skeem Saam gives that platform,” he says. 

Mpho gets asked a lot about how to get on TV.

"They always ask who my agent is. They [prospective actors] want to be on TV and not put in the work," he adds. 

The hard work never stops. He is still looking forward to bagging more challenging roles. "I wish to play a meaty villain role."  

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