Rasta is ready to do more TV work - 'My acting career will kick off now'

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Lebani Sirenje, known as "Rasta".
Lebani Sirenje, known as "Rasta".
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Every time he releases a new work of art, South Africans can't help but make it trend. And sometimes, it's not all positive comments.

His secret is to keep on moving and avoid the noise and so far, it's worked very well for him. 

Artist Rasta, real name Lebani Sereje, is now embarking on something he always wanted to do - TV work. He had to focus on other things before he could reach his final destination. But he's now ready for more. 

He has bagged himself his second advert job with a big fast-food franchise and says it was fate. It serves as a constant reminder that if you know what you want in life you will keep going, he says.

Rasta tells Drum he's happy to be part of the advert alongside former Rhythm City actor Mpho Molepo. He says if it wasn’t for Mpho, he wouldn’t have gotten the part. Mpho was a casting director and also gave him a chance because of his most talked-about sketches.

“I am happy to do a second advert, I can only be grateful that I get opportunities like these. Mpho felt I would be perfect for the part, plus I like to believe that I am a good actor so apart from my sketches I also get a few minutes to showcase my talent,” he says.

Acting has always been a life-long dream of his, but he waited for the right time to start pursuing this career path. Now that he is technically in the game, and knows a thing or two about handling himself as an artist and a brand, the world is his oyster.

“This is the beginning of great things and I am ready for everything that will grow my brand to come my way. I have been an active artist for years, and such things solidify and validate why I have been holding on to the arts. I want someone to look at me as proof that if you remain consistent, you will reach your destination.”

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Fresh from drawing the late Patrick Shai’s portrait on Wednesday during his memorial, Rasta shares a few things that are in the pipeline for him this year.

His long-term goal is to open an art school and teach art classes.

“This year a lot of great things will be happening in my life, people should expect to see me on one of the series' on TV. My acting career will kick off as I will join the cast of DiepCity on Mzansi Magic and it is all thanks to Mandla N who also spotted my talent. I have been doing portraits for years, and soon I will doing my exhibition at the Market Theatre, I can’t share too much info on that. And there is a fashion line and art tools on the pipeline,” he says.

Rasta says he is most excited by the exhibition where all the paintings of the late celebrities will be sold on the day. He will donate proceeding for each photo to their respective family members.

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