Se­bo­godi’s star keeps on shin­ning

Ac­tor rein­vents him­self on TV, stage

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo kgob­ot­lob@sun­day­world.co.za

Flam­boy­ant TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity Somizi Mh­longo’s en­dear­ing role as a young boy on stage in Cir­cum­stances at At­teridgeville Hall in the late 1970s is the fire of pas­sion that fu­elled vet­eran ac­tor Seputla Se­bo­godi’s il­lus­tri­ous act­ing ca­reer.

Af­ter the 2014 Gen­er­a­tions saga that saw 16 of the SABC1 soapie’s pro­lific stars axed, in­clud­ing Se­bo­godi who played the ruth­less Ken­neth Mashaba, many naysay­ers pre­dicted his star to fade. But he has proven them wrong by rein­vent­ing him­self count­less times.

Se­bo­godi is once again prov­ing he is a force to be reck­oned with thanks to three new TV roles and a stage play.

In the play Flak My Son, cur­rently run­ning at the SA State Theatre in Pre­to­ria un­til Oc­to­ber 28, Se­bo­godi for the first time team up with his ac­tor son Thapelo.

Se­bo­godi, 55, said the play tells a story of change of man­hood over three gen­er­a­tions. “The sto­ry­line is about three gen­er­a­tions of men, I am the grand­fa­ther and Thapelo is my son, his son is late and I am try­ing to give him the ad­vice that does not ap­ply in his gen­er­a­tion and he is los­ing his life while try­ing to fol­low my ad­vice,” he said.

The play uses fewer words and more ges­tures to stim­u­late di­a­logue in com­mu­ni­ties.

He said shar­ing a stage with his son was not much of a sur­prise be­cause he re­alised his love for drama when he was still in pri­mary school but was shocked to see him per­form a com­edy show at his high school.

“I did not want him to be in act­ing be­cause I didn’t want him to go through the chal­lenges I also faced, he was good in cricket and soc­cer but there came a time when I had to ac­cept that he is pas­sion­ate about drama,” he said.

Se­bo­godi made his de­but last week on sea­son two of The Im­poster as Dali on Mzansi Magic. He also ap­pears on SABC3 drama The Docket and SABC1 show Di­a­mond City on Sun­day.

He could not hold back his laughter as he ex­plained the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Ken­neth Mashaba and his vil­lain­ous char­ac­ter on The Im­poster.

“I will again be a cruel char­ac­ter on The Im­poster, I mean, it is what I do best,” he said.

Se­bo­godi is also a gospel mu­si­cian. He re­vealed that he has shelved two un­re­leased al­bums and is not keen to re­lease them be­cause of wide­spread mu­sic piracy in the coun­try.

He low­ered his voice when nar­rat­ing how he spends “not less than R150 000 to re­lease mu­sic only for some­one to copy and sell it for R10 on the streets”.

“I will not re­lease my CDs un­til piracy stops be­cause it hurts to see my CDs on street cor­ners,” he said.

Apart from en­ter­tain­ing us on screen, Se­bo­godi said he en­joys trav­el­ling with his cousins, who he con­sid­ers as his best friends, and en­joys watch­ing soc­cer.

Though coy talk­ing about his pri­vate life, he re­vealed that one of his hob­bies is cook­ing.

“I know I am good when it comes to cook­ing ox­tail and seafood. I can cook,” he said with huge laughter.

‘Flak My Son’,

/ P h otos/ State Theatre

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