- Rasta has his sights set on the big time, thanks to his TV commercial success with fast-food fried chicken restaurant chain Chicken Licken
- Mzansi was treated to a wave of hilarity as Rasta portrayed a sketch artist hoping to help a local police station catch wanted suspects
- Locals on social media shared their thoughts on the sparkling ad and Rasta's hopes to make a name for himself as an actor
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Mzansi's much loved to be hated celebrity portraitist Lebani Sirenje aka Rasta The Artist's exploits on a Chicken Licken 'SoulBite Snack' advert set tongues wagging far and wide in recent times.
Riding on the overwhelming reception to the TV commercial, his second after first appearing in Ballantine's Scotch Whisky's global campaign titled Stay True: There's No Wrong Way in April last year, the controversial painter is intent on forging an unprecedented path on the small screen.
In much the same way, locals waxed lyrical of the creative, with many others heading to the socials to heap praise on him for what he had to offer. In the ad, Rasta plays the part of a sketch artist keen on banding with a local police station to put together portraits of wanted suspects.
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'I did not feel offended'
The person interviewing him, presumably the station commander, falls into an imaginative state in which he conjures the scale of the backlog of unsolved cases that befalls the police station after struggling to catch the right suspect resulting from the artist's work.
The advert ends with the words: "Choose your sketch artist wisely," as Rasta's application for the job is set aside by the station commander once he comes to, News24 reported.
"I'm happy to have been a part of it. I did not feel offended as it was all part of work. [If anything] I felt honoured. Like with anything, there'll be those who love it and others who disapprove of things I do," Rasta told TimesLIVE.
"I'd love to act. Growing up, I always enjoyed the theatre at the school I attended. I enjoy theatre and music and anything that calls on my artistic side. So, I might find myself acting one day."
Netizens revel in excitement
Below, Briefly News takes a look at some of the hilarious, encouraging, and inspirational comments locals had to share.
"Are we sure South Africa is a real country? Is everything happening here not just our collective imagination?"
"I am ordering Chicken Licken just off the brilliance of this Advertisement. I won't be surprised if Rasta is an agent for SAPS."
"This is the most hilarious advert I've ever seen in my life. Others were fun but this sent me to the ancestors."
'Makhadzi' sculpture leaves Mzansi puzzled
Elsewhere, Briefly News previously reported that a determined sculptor surfaced, leaving peeps drawing a stark correlation between Rasta and the supposed new kid on the block making hilarious waves online.
Courtesy of Mzansi's very own 'The Cleaner', @RealMrumaDrive, who took to Twitter to introduce the self-styled sculptor's handiwork – a so-called sculpture of musician Makhadzi – netizens are falling off their seats.
The caption read:
"Owen is not serious. Who's this now?"
The tweet attracted an unprecedented frenzy online and instigated a torrent of laughter across the length and breadth of the bird app. The life-size sculpture showed Makhadzi holding a mic in one hand and rocking an orange two-piece skirt and crop top number with red Converse takkies.
Source: Briefly News