I was first introduced to Samkelo Ndlovu back in 2012. She was one of the stars in SA’s first telenovela called, iNkaba. Fans loved her, as did the industry and she was everywhere. When I met her on set, she was warm, friendly and the two young interns who were with me were absolutely thrilled to have met her. What has Samkelo got on the go now? Lots apparently… Here’s what you can expect to come from Samkelo for the rest of the year and beyond:
1. You’re an incredible talent and a fun loving woman. When you introduce yourself to people or people ask you to tell them more about yourself, you describe yourself as?
I describe myself as a working storyteller. I use the word storyteller because I have more than one medium. I’m an actress singer/song writer and qualified director and writer for television and film. I’m also a dark dreadlocked weirdo who is a yoga enthusiast and extreme foodie.
2. There’s an interesting term you’ve coined for yourself… Samurai. Can you tell us more?
Back at film school, I moved around some musical circles. Particularly rappers. Because they often had informal gatherings called ciphers. I was often the rose amongst thorns and I was the lady who did all the hooks to the songs we jammed. So, my shortened name is Samu, even though my full name is Samkelo without the “u” between the “m” and the “k”. So, they, as creative as rappers are known to be, dubbed me “the Samu-rai”. They saw me as a strong link between bringing their words from simple rhymes to melody’s. A positive figure. And, it stocked. I liked it because it has a positive connotation to it. And Samurai’s represent tenacity and strength. I felt it suited me quite well.
3. You’ve acted in some of the biggest shows on television, more recently Mzansi’s first telenovela. What was that experience like for you?
I’ve acted In a lot of already established drama’s and soaps and some weren’t. But starting something that the whole of Africa would see. Something we had to start from scratch, was a lot of pressure. It was a prototype and we needed it to be a success, not only for us, but for future telenovela’s to come in the country. It was like being in Generations 1st episode. We either had to capture people or not. And we did. The repeat of the 208 episode season is on repeat now on Mzansi Wethu daily and people still love it. Continue reading “Q&A with Samkelo Ndlovu”