THANDEKA Zulu (25) is a vocalist, actress and singer who has made her name in the entertainment industry.
Her aim and dream is to get the the youth from her home town of Tongaat, to follow in her footsteps.
Coastal Weekly reporter, Andile Sithole recently caught up with her to find out more about what she wants to achieve.
CW: Where did you grow up?
TZ: I grew up in Hambanathi in Tongaat.
CW: What did you want to become as a child?
TZ: I wanted to be an entertainer.
CW: Who is your source of inspiration?
TZ: I look up to Mbongeni Ngema.
CW: What have you achieved so far in the industry?
TZ: I worked with a group called Lindokuhle from the age of eight. While at school I had a privilege of working with Jae [African-pop artist] as a backing vocalist and dancer. After [completing] matric I worked with Mbongeni Ngema in productions, Sarafina, Jola and Stimela Sase-Zola to mention a few. In 2010 I ventured into modelling, which opened many doors for me. I was also part of a chorus in a production called Spirit and Bones, which was performed at the Pretoria State Theatre and in Johannesburg at the Winde Bra Theatre. That year I was hired as the lead dancer at the Crown Gospel Awards gala dinner. I started working with Afrosoul as a dancer and backing vocalist before I became a lead dancer.
CW: You were one of the actresses for Uzalo, so how did you end up on television?
TZ: I kept on going to auditions.
CW: Viewers know you as Nombuso on Uzalo, how different are you from Nombuso’s character?
TZ: Nombuso is like my twin, her background and mine are almost the same.
CW: You landed a role in a Zulu comedy movie in 2016. Who did you play?
TZ: I played Thembalethu and enjoyed it. My partner Shokwakhe is a good actor.
CW: You are part of a local band, Afrosoul, what is your role in it?
TZ: I’m the only female member of this multi-award winning trio called Afrosoul.
CW: Do you have any advice for aspiring singers.
TZ: Believe in your dreams, pursue them and keep working hard because there is enough light for all of us in the world.