Ashes to Ashes cast in fine form for season 2
Not even a thunderstorm could stop the cast of e.tv’s Ashes to Ashes from showing up in Sandton to the launch of the programme’s second season.
The evening opened with a dramatic flourish when Prince of Theatre Atandwa Kani recapped the first season.
Comedian and actor Mandla Gaduka and acclaimed actress Nambitha Mpumlwana were the evening’s hosts.
Mpumlwana wore a dazzling black number, and a fab pair of heels that looked as if they were not made for walking. The new season has new actors. They include Nyalleng Thibedi (Mpho Namane); Rhythm City’s Ntando Duma; Tina Jaxa, previously on Gold Diggers; and Kani (Buzwe Sihlahla).
Kani said: “It’s almost like a dream come true. Theatre and performing has always been part of my life and acting with any good actor is enticing.
“I met the cast of Ashes to Ashes in a different soap and coming back to the family felt right.”
Veteran actor Patrick Shai (Selogilwe Namane) said: “The family tragedy intensifies. In the previous season we set a great benchmark, and now things get darker and darker for the Namanes.” Star Menzi Ngubane joined the first season late as Detective Nkozo and returns to the telenovela. “More drama unfolds. I make it my mission to uncover what the Namanes are trying to cover up in their business with the funeral parlour.”
Mpumlwana, who plays Mandlakazi Namane, said: “Shooting the season as an entire package before the audience get to watch it should put an interesting spin on the story, unlike the first season, where we could still tweak our script based on audience response. But season 2 definitely has more shocking and scandalous dramatic moments.”
Ashes to Ashes received six South African Film and Television Award nominations on Thursday morning.
The new season airs on Monday, March 14 at 8pm on e.tv.
SEASON 2 From left: Atandwa Kani, Zenande Mfenyana, Menzi Ngubane and Tina Jaxa