Dash tak­ing his ca­reer to the next level with new gig

Dreamteam star to host ‘All Ac­cess’

Sowetan - - TV - By Kyle Zee­man

Dreamteam mu­si­cian Mthoko “Dash” Mkhathini is ready to take his ca­reer in a more se­ri­ous di­rec­tion as he once again steps into the spot­light as a new host on Mzansi Magic’s pop­u­lar life­style show All Ac­cess Mzansi.

As Time Out con­grat­u­lated Dash on his new role, he cheek­ily in­ter­rupted with “and you should con­grat­u­late All Ac­cess for get­ting me”.

Dash may have been jok­ing but the star is cer­tainly not wrong. He has come a long way from mak­ing mu­sic for fun in his home­town of Ntuzuma, north of Dur­ban, and is one of the hottest prop­er­ties in the South African en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try at the mo­ment.

“It took a bit of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­cause I was very spe­cific about what I wanted from a TV show based on my pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I wanted to be sure that the de­ci­sion fit­ted my brand. What re­ally ap­pealed to me was that we are lo­ca­tion-based be­cause I love be­ing around peo­ple,” he said.

The star strength­ened his TV cre­den­tials as a host on Vuzu Amp’s V-En­ter­tain­ment be­fore he was cut from the show’s ros­ter after it re­launched. He said the de­ci­sion was mu­tual as he also wanted to move in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion to that of the show.

“I am very grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity V-En­ter­tain­ment gave me. I learnt a lot, but [I be­lieve] for ev­ery door that closes a win­dow gets opened,” he added.

Al­though Dash was ex­cited to re­turn to screens, he re­vealed that he had no plans to move into TV act­ing.

“Film is the only form of act­ing I would con­sider go­ing into. I don’t like TV be­cause I feel like the cal­i­bre of lo­cal TV shows could be im­proved dras­ti­cally. I think the SA film in­dus­try is great and I would love to move into that space.

“I have been in ne­go­ti­a­tions for some projects but un­til I find the right one, I am go­ing to wait and fo­cus on other things.” It is all part of Dash’s plan to dom­i­nate screens as his group Dreamteam have dom­i­nated the mu­sic charts. He ad­mits that jug­gling a grow­ing TV ca­reer with the de­mands of mu­sic has led to many late nights and early morn­ings, but said he was grate­ful for the sup­port of his fel­low Dreamteam mem­bers Lusaso “Saso” Ngcobo and Trevor “Trey” Sineke. “We all have our own solo projects but we sup­port each other. That is the rea­son Dreamteam will al­ways be to­gether – we are a fam­ily,” he says.

The group even made a dif­fi­cult choice to all move to Jo­han­nes­burg to fur­ther their ca­reers.

“The move had its chal­lenges. In Jo­han­nes­burg my ca­reer seemed to be tak­ing off while the group was still in the same space. But the guys were in­cred­i­ble and en­cour­aged me to take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. “After all, I rep­re­sent Dreamteam,” he says.

Dash is new host of ‘All Ac­cess Mzansi’ show

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