‘Gomora’ actor Ayanda Daweti. Image via Instagram @ayandadaweti_

‘Gomora’ star Ayanda Daweti scores lead role in ‘Inhlanhla’ film

Former ‘Scandal!’ actor Ayanda Daweti, who plays Sizwe in ‘Gomora’ discusses bagging role in ‘Inhlanhla’ film and his childhood.


‘Gomora’ actor Ayanda Daweti. Image via Instagram @ayandadaweti_

The Scandal! actor Ayanda Daweti, who plays the character of Sizwe in Gomora has landed a lead role in Mzansi Magic’s film Inhlanhla alongside Bontle Serai, Zola Hashatsi, and more.  

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The popular Scandal! actor Ayanda Daweti, who plays Sizwe in Gomora opens up about his role as an Uber driver in the local film Inhlanhla, which premiers on Mzansi Magic on 22 October 22.   

Daweti, who stars in a comedy film for the first time says he also enjoyed working with a cast and crew of young people.  

“I am excited that the film will be on screen. Normally, I do not enjoy watching myself because I criticise myself too much. I challenged myself with this film and I insisted to the director on speaking in Setswana, which is about 80% in the film. I love the idea of being versatile and not only known as a ‘Xhosa-speaking actor’.  

Daweti tells Sowetan that he’s looking forward to the movie being flighted, seeing viewers’ reactions, and his attempt at speaking Tswana.  

The isiXhosa actor plays a Tswana-speaking Uber driver who uses his car to benefit himself in mischievous ways.  

“The story revolves around an Uber driver who finds a bag accidentally left behind by a girl who caught his attention. He embarks on a series of misadventures as he desperately tries to return it to her. I enjoyed playing the character. In the film, the driver uses the car to do his own business including transporting thugs who want to commit robbery.”  

The publication adds that the film also stars Bontle Serai, Zola Hashatsi, Mbalenhle Zakwe and Madibe Mahlatjie.  

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The musician and actor Ayanda Daweti is also known for his role in Scandal! as Chumani Langa reveals he grew up in a village in Eastern Cape.  

“I grew up in a village singing and participating in different competitions. But somehow, I knew that I belonged to the arts. When I explored it, I did not know where I would end up. I did so because it felt good once I joined the theatre group. Five years I have been in the acting industry, I am grateful that I chose to do something that I love dearly and feel passionate about.”  

Daweti is also a musician who calls himself Tuckshop Bafanaz and dropped Amadabi two months ago.   

He defines his music as Igwijo Wave, which is a sound that is born out of the music he grew up listening to during imigidi (traditional ceremonies) and in gospel music.  

“It is just a combination of African sound fused with R&B, traditional music styles. As someone who grew up in a village, there is a lot of music that we were exposed to. I have recorded a lot of music but I am not ready to release an album. When it comes to composing music, my music talks about the development of the community and I also observe what happens around me and in society.” 

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