Jes­sica swaps TV role for mu­si­cal theatre

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TV dar­ling Jes­sica Nkosi has gone back to where her ca­reer started: the theatre.

Nkosi, who por­trays Qondi on Mzansi Magic’s te­len­ov­ela Isi­baya, stars in her first pro­fes­sional gospel mu­sic pro­duc­tion. The show, Maria: The Story of the Son of God, pre­miered at Car­ni­val City yes­ter­day.

Nkosi re­veals her singing tal­ent in play­ing the lead. She per­forms along­side ac­tor and mu­si­cian Brian Temba, who por­trays Je­sus.

Although the 27-year-old stud­ied drama and did a few theatre productions at univer­sity, she ad­mit­ted to feel­ing ner­vous about re­turn­ing to the stage.

“I didn’t know whether I could project my voice [ap­pro­pri­ately] again be­cause on cam­era you have to tone it down; you can’t over­act,” she said.

Her pub­li­cist, Sarit Tom­lin­son, praised Nkosi’s singing and danc­ing skills.

Nkosi re­cently posted a short video on In­sta­gram of a re­hearsal be­fore her ap­pear­ance on the Lip Sync Bat­tle Africa show on MTV Base. But, she in­sists, “I am an ac­tress, so no al­bums from me.”

Zanele Mbokazi, the founder of World Gospel Pow­er­house, which pro­duces the renowned Crown Gospel Mu­sic Awards, ap­proached Nkosi, be­liev­ing she would be per­fect for the role of Maria and give a gra­cious por­trayal.

Mbokazi said she felt the story of Maria and Je­sus had not been told enough and wanted to re­mind peo­ple of the sac­ri­fice Christ made for the world.

Nkosi ad­mit­ted that play­ing Qondi had en­abled her to por­tray Maria better. “Maria is roy­alty be­cause she is car­ry­ing a king, and Qondi is a queen. They are both down-to-earth in­di­vid­u­als who care about their com­mu­nity.”

Asked if she had met her ideal man yet, she blushed: “No. I haven’t met my busi­ness­man yet, but I want to get married one day and have kids.

“I am still sin­gle, but when I do find some­one special, peo­ple will know by slight hints I will leave in pic­tures I post. But I won’t re­veal his face,” she said.

ON STAGE Jes­sica Nkosi and Brian Temba in the gospel mu­sic theatre pro­duc­tion Maria

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