Isibaya, Intersexions, iNumber Number and Tempy Pushas' Sdumo Mtshali inspired to tell local stories

Isibaya, Intersexions, iNumber Number and Tempy Pushas' Sdumo Mtshali inspired to tell local stories

Sdumo Mtshali currently features as Sibusiso Ndlovu in Isibaya and is renowned for his stellar performances in productions like Intersexions, iNumber Number and Tempy Pushas

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Handsome South African soapie star, Sdumo Mtshali recently opened up about more of his life when he was interviewed at a wine tasting event held at by La Motte. gathers that he is currently in demand due to his success in the variety of roles he has already featured in and is at the running for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Avenged, having been nominated for the African Movie Academy Award.

He also has other nominations, including those for his roles in series, Isibaya, Is’thunzi, and Saints and Sinners for Golden Horn Awards for Best Actor in a TV Drama.

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Having been in the dramatic industry acting in theatre and films for about 17 years he says he has loved every moment of what he describes as a great experience.

He says he was inspired to act so that local stories would be told. “It was a drive to tell the South African story and more so to a level that matches international standards,” he said explaining that his mother had encouraged him to expend his extra energy on stage or by playing with other children. “She was tired of me being a troublemaker at home as as kid,” he admits describing how she “chased him away” to leave her in peace.

It was while acting on stage in a role in the play, “One For The Road,” staged at The Playhouse theatre in his home town of Durban early in 2003 that set me him on the path that would lead to his fame and busy career today.

He enjoys relaxing in the city by the sea which he calls home and says drinking wine is something new to him. “Going out to the beach in Durban with my friends just to relax and enjoy a glass of Cognac on the rocks,” he said is what he us most used to doing to relax. “We often sit there for hours, just chilling and listening to the waves and feeling the breeze. Interestingly, I have just been introduced to wine and I am learning.”

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However more varied and sophisticated the circles he moves in becomes, he remains true to his roots and said his mother’s home cooked tripe remains his firm favourite food.

Asked if he has a motto or philosophy that drives him each morning he replied that trust is what keeps him going. “Trust the process. Whatever you do in life, trust it with all your heart. You must work hard and keep developing yourself. Like wine, keep on searching for the right ingredients. It's never perfect, but keep on working at it,” he says.

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