By Style Reporter
Zimbabwean film actor and producer based in South Africa Mthulisi “Mahlalela” Moyo has once again roped in comedian-cum-musician Freddy “Kapfupi” Manjalima for the sequel Mahlalela.
The actor, who was in the country for the festive season, said he was compelled to shelve the shooting of the drama titled Mahlalela 3 after Kapfupi indicated that he had other commitments in December.
This is not the first time that the two actors have joined forces having featured on dramas Mahlalela 1 and Mahlalela 2 alongside South African pop star Freddy Gwala.
Kapfupi and Gwala also featured on Moyo’s track Goli released last year.
“It is unfortunate that I am going back to South Africa without shooting the drama Mahlalela 3. Kapfupi said he was tied up and could not be part of the production up to January 15, by which date I would have returned to South Africa,” Moyo told Standard Style last week.
He said the large chunk of the production was supposed to have happened in Harare.
“It’s more of a comedy and you know what Kapfupi is capable of doing. It will be shot in Harare and Kapfupi acts the role of a poor man who falls in love with a woman from a well-to-do background,” Moyo said.
“In order to impress his girlfriend, Kapfupi books into a classy lodge, but later realises that it is beyond his reach. He then decides to find some guest to occupy the room and gets his refund. All of a sudden, Mahlalela, a wealthy businessman, comes into the picture. He offers to refund Kapfupi and use his room.
The rest is history.”
Moyo, who two years ago showed the flipside of his artistic talent by venturing into music, said his fans should look forward to Mahlalela 3 and a number of drama productions this year.
“I am working on Mahlalela 3 and other dramas where I will feature both Zimbabwean and South African actors,” he said.
He said he was happy that most of the productions he did last year were faring well, especially in Zimbabwe, singling out his latest song Twasa, which is getting favourable airplay on national radio.
“The song Twasa is doing well and I was hoping to see it among the best on the end of year charts. However, I am happy that it is popular on radio stations and was being played in communities around Christmas,” he said.
“I have become so popular that people were jostling for me to be their MC during wedding ceremonies, something that I want to pursue.
Last year Moyo released two singles — Twasa and Goli — which feature on a sungura album titled Hazvina Kana that was done by sungura outfit Mbarura Express, fronted by Lovemore Muzondiwa.
“I am promising more music this year. I am hoping to release my own album and videos,” he said.
He said his dramas were currently being featured on ZBC’s Khulumani FM Radio every day.
The Esigodini-born actor described his music and dramas as a reflection of his life and other millions of Zimbabweans staying in foreign lands.