Now Sek­gopi aims at mu­sic

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Sunday World - - News - XOLILE MTSHAZO Z bondiwe Soul Bud­dyz Z bondiwe, Z bondiwe Z bondiwe

PETITE and young ac­tress Mat­shepo Em­mie Sek­gopi has set her sights on branch­ing into mu­sic.

Sek­gopi, 19, is fa­mous for play­ing the equally small-boned and youth­ful Esihle in the e.tv week-night gang­ster drama.

With South African mu­sic gain­ing mo­men­tum and recog­ni­tion both on the con­ti­nent and abroad, she is fa­mil­iaris­ing her­self with lo­cal mu­sic gen­res be­fore mak­ing in­roads.

I want to make my mark as an ac­tor be­fore go­ing into mu­sic as an art, big time. I first want to learn how the in­dus­try works,” says the for­mer stu­dent of Hoërskool Bekker, in pic­turesque Ma­galies­burg, Mo­gale City.

Now study­ing part-time, do­ing a short course in per­form­ing arts at Bos­ton Me­dia Col­lege, Sek­gopi does not mince her words when spell­ing out how she is arm­ing her­self for the cut-throat mu­sic in­dus­try.

I am not in a rush to start get­ting into the stu­dio and record­ing. That will come at a later stage. For now, I am ex­plor­ing and lay­ing a foun­da­tion, says the for­mer edu­tain­ment show host.

One thing I like about the in­dus­try [act­ing] is the bonds we form with dif­fer­ent peo­ple. I like work­ing with the older, more ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors be­cause at my age I still have a lot to learn.

She says she is at ease when guided by peo­ple who best know what they are talk­ing about.

I take their ad­vice to heart so as to be rel­e­vant. It is hard work but when ev­ery­thing falls into place the hard work I have put in will speak for my­self, I be­lieve.”

Sek­gopi never au­di­tioned for her char­ac­ter on she was hand-picked by the pro­duc­ers who had worked with her be­fore.

Un­like the hated spoilt brat she was in sea­son one, on part two Esihle has be­come the dar­ling of the view­ers.

Esihle was an un­happy soul when her mom up­rooted her from Dubai to set­tle in South Africa, so she be­came re­bel­lious but now she is more ma­ture, she has calmed down.

She is no longer caus­ing havoc, she is in teen-love with her boyfriend Paseka, a re­formed gang­ster. They come from sim­i­lar back­grounds of emo­tional ne­glect and hav­ing ab­sent fa­thers but both aspire to live a nor­mal life.”

Sek­gopi views as a town­ship thugs se­ries that al­ways re­in­forces the weak­ness of peo­ple armed with guns.

It proves that the armed are vul­ner­a­ble with or without their weapons and it por­trays street life as real as it is in town­ships. It has some­thing for ev­ery­one. The unique­ness of the char­ac­ters gives ev­ery viewer some­thing to pon­der on.”

Catch Z bondiwe on e.tv on Tues­days at 9:35pm.

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