Musa a ‘sim­ple man’ in real life

Mom, girl­friend keep shy Ngema grounded

Sowetan - - Personality - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

Soapie star Musa Ngema wor­ries about how he por­trays him­self in pub­lic.

Ngema plays Mazwi Moroka in the soapie Gen­er­a­tions: The

Legacy. Quiet and shy, he be­lieves liv­ing the life of his flashy on-screen char­ac­ter would send a wrong mes­sage about his true self.

“As ac­tors we start be­hav­ing as if we are big­ger than other hu­man be­ings,” he says.

“When I in­tro­duce my­self, I don’t tell peo­ple I am an ac­tor.”

Dur­ban-born Ngema, a re­served, pol­ished man, is in­deed to­tally dif­fer­ent from Mazwi who tends to be ar­ro­gant as he thinks he’s smarter than other peo­ple. Speak­ing to Time

Out, Ngema said he does not em­brace the grow­ing cul­ture of celebri­ties who at­tend all in­dus- try par­ties just to be seen.

He said in­stead of at­tend­ing such par­ties, he would rather re­lax and read a book. Ngema ad­mits that hav­ing two pow­er­ful women in his life – his mother and girl­friend of 13 years – has kept him grounded and fo­cused.

“My mother and my girl­friend al­ways re­mind me that I am Musa not Mazwi.

“Even when I am at home, I try to be away from this mad­ness that makes you think that you are bet­ter than other peo­ple. I don’t like to at­tend events where I know I will be glo­ri­fied be­cause of my sta­tus.”

Ngema re­fuses to dis­cuss his per­sonal life fur­ther be­cause he prefers “to keep it pri­vate”.

Switch­ing back to his char­ac­ter Mazwi, Ngema says the role has evolved in the past year. Mazwi was first in­tro­duced to view­ers as Archie Moroka’s long lost son who has come back to claim what is right­fully his. Un­like his brother Smanga – an orig­i­nal Moroka – who grew up with a sil­ver spoon in the mouth, Mazwi is a kasi man who has turned into an in­tel­lec­tual overnight.

When Mazwi was in­tro­duced to view­ers, he had morals and val­ues, but these had since changed. His quest for power has turned him into an ar­ro­gant per­son who of­ten gets un­der peo­ple’s skin. Ngema ad­mits that Mazwi has grown to be­come ar­ro­gant be­cause of his back­ground.

“Mazwi grew up poor and sud­denly finds him­self in a rich and pow­er­ful fam­ily. This makes him ar­ro­gant.

“When you give a poor man

money, he can eas­ily be­come ar­ro­gant be­cause he be­lieves that he is un­touch­able.”

Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy’s sto­ry­line has changed, ex­pos­ing Mazwi’s weak­nesses es­pe­cially to those who want to ma­nip­u­late him into wrong do­ings.

“He has this sense of en­ti­tle­ment. He thinks that he is en­ti­tled to power and hates those who be­lit­tle him.”

“Since he wants to be the chief ex­ec­u­tive and leader of the Moroka busi­ness and clan, he wants to ap­pear de­ci­sive,” he says.

Ngema’s wish is to see Mazwi los­ing it all and start­ing all over again.

“Right now he has lost him­self. It will be a big les­son if he had to start all over again.”

Ngema stud­ied drama at the Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy. He has had a few roles on 7de Laan and Rhythm City be­fore join­ing Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy. He has also played Othello in Shake­speare’s Othello, mul­ti­ple roles in both The Cru­cible and An­i­mal Farm and the prince in Cin­derella.

For now, Ngema is happy where he is and just wants to fo­cus on per­fect­ing his craft.

I try to stay away from this mad­ness that makes you think you’re bet­ter than ev­ery­one


Musa Ngema wants to lead a nor­mal life by separat­ing him­self from his soapie char­ac­ter.

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