Kudzai Mpangi, Sunday Life Reporter
THE brains behind Bulawayo’s biggest comedy act uMahlekisa comedy club, Ntando Van Moyo is set to make his acting debut in Bulawayo’s second feature film to be screened on DStv’s Zambezi Magic called Jaiva Sbone.
Having made a name for himself with the consistent monthly uMahlekisa stand up comedy shows which Bulawayo has come to know and love, Moyo felt it was time to spread his wings and branch into acting, an art which stand-up comedy itself borrows from quite a lot.
“This opportunity that I have been given will surely go a long way as it will exhibit some of my comedy skills off stage. I feel it will give my brand a boost as people will be able to identify with me better as more people watch TV than they do stand-up comedy and the diversity is set to give me an edge as being both a comedian and actor,” Moyo said.
When asked about how he feels about his debut acting and how he landed himself a role in the film Moyo said; “It’s one of those magical moments when you feel you could run on water and wake up from the dream but realise its true after all and the fact that the producer approached me to be part of the cast gave me hope that I could do it. Because of fear of the unknown I thought I didn’t have all it takes but they said they will bring it out on me,” he said.
Moyo, who plays the main character as uManyonyoba, a streetwise taxi driver, said the journey has been great.
“The experience was great as the film provided some comical twists in some of the serious scenes which made me to enjoy my role which I play as a taxi driver who is helping his friend find a lost lotto ticket,” he said.
Jaiva S’bone is a feature film which tackles serious issues to do with relationships, greed, deceit and dishonesty. Produced by Kudzai Chikomo, written by Nkosilesisa Ncube, story by Johanne Mpofu and directed by Memory Kumbota and commissioned by Zambezi Magic, the film features veteran actress Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda, veteran actor Kumbota, Aleck Zulu, Mzoe 7 and award-winning Gift Chadokwenda, among others.
Jaiva S’bone becomes Bulawayo’s second movie to be screened on DStv’s Zambezi Magic after last year’s breakthrough film The Lost Letter produced by Mhle Nzima and Elliot Moyo which made waves through its Hollywood style hype and celebrity fan fare.