Mo­hola lands SA drama se­ries role

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LO­CAL ac­tor Nkopane Mo­hola has landed another role on the South African small screen, this time in the drama se­ries Greed and De­sire which pre­miered on Mzansi Magic on Mon­day.

The Khu­bet­soana-born ac­tor made waves last year when he de­buted on the Se­sotho drama se­ries Ya Lla as Lenka Moshoeshoe. The se­ries is also broad­cast on Mzansi Magic.

In Greed and De­sire, Mo­hola plays the char­ac­ter of Tokelo Maake. The drama se­ries re­volves around the lives of a prom­i­nent Bloem­fontein-based fam­ily called the Makhethas. It starts off with the death of the pa­tri­arch whose mur­der re­sults in the fam­ily’s em­pire fall­ing into the wrong hands.

“Tokelo is a street wise guy who has a girl­friend that works for the Makhetha fam­ily,” Mo­hola told the Week­ender from his Jo­han­nes­burg base this week.

“Through a se­ries of events, he finds him­self in­volved in a scan­dal that lands him in hot wa­ter with the fam­ily.”

The se­ries con­sists of 30-minute episodes air­ing from Mon­day to Thurs­day at 7:30pm.

Mo­hola said even though it took him five years to land his first act­ing role, he had not found it dif­fi­cult to fit in the lu­cra­tive South African en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try since he was a grad­u­ate of the South African School of Mo­tion Pic­ture Medium and Live Per­for­mance (AFDA).

“I stud­ied act­ing at AFDA and grad­u­ated in 2010. I had been au­di­tion­ing since that time and only got my break last year when I was in­vited to au­di­tion for Ya Lla,” he said.

“Once I had my foot in with Ya Lla, it was not hard to blend in be­cause the vet­er­ans I ad­mire and dreamt of work­ing along­side while still at school are the ones I am work­ing with now.

“They ac­cepted me as the new guy and im­me­di­ately men­tored me on set and I man­aged to blend in.”

Prior to re­lo­cat­ing to South Africa, Mo­hola for­ayed into the lo­cal music in­dus­try as a rap­per us­ing the stage names Em­cee Co­nun­drum and Terama.

He said be­ing part of the South African en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try had made him aware of the long way the lo­cal in­dus­try still had to go.

“In South Africa, artists don’t strug­gle as much as in Le­sotho since pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies pay them hand­somely. As long as an artist keeps work­ing, they can make a de­cent liv­ing,” he said.

“The sad thing about home is that there is not much of an in­dus­try. We need to work very hard to change that, be­cause some peo­ple think work­ing for or with them is a favour.

“Un­for­tu­nately for the arts sec­tor, most of the in­flu­en­tial peo­ple are not will­ing to in­vest in pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies or chan­nels that al­low us to make our work of­fi­cial. It is al­most im­pos­si­ble to make a liv­ing as an artist in any genre in Le­sotho.”

Un­per­turbed by the chal­lenges, Mo­hola said he as­pires to show­case Se­sotho cul­ture to the world.

“I have set a goal for my­self that in the next three years I should be pre­sent­ing an au­then­tic Se­sotho film at an in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val,” said Mo­hola, adding that he had not given up on his mu­si­cal pas­sion.

“I am try­ing to work out a way to bal­ance the music and act­ing. I have not stopped record­ing music and I in­tend to make use of my bew-found recog­ni­tion to re­launch my music ca­reer.

“I still love music and Em­cee Co­nun­drum is far from fin­ished. I will be re­leas­ing a few sin­gles this win­ter and shows will soon fol­low.”

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