Our actor-spotlight for the week is no other than the well-known multi-talented Seputla Sebogodi.
Seputla Sebogodi is a South African actor and gospel singer who became a household name when portraying the villainous Kenneth Mashaba on the SABC soap opera Generations from 2005-2014. He is also well known for being part of the long-running sitcom Suburban Bliss, the e.tv soapies Scandal! And Rhythm City, and the starring role of Joseph “Jazzman” Cele, a self-made millionaire and ruthless businessman, in the Mzansi Magic soap opera Zabalaza, just to name a few of his television appearances. He could most recently be seen in the Mzanzi Magic series The Republic as well as playing the character Funani in the local hit series The Docket.
Seputla Sebogodi has also appeared in a number of films including Hearts and Minds (1995), The Long Run (2001), Mr. Bones (2001), Beat the Drum (2003), and Max and Mona (2004). He can also be seen in the much anticipated upcoming Afrikaans film Racheltjie de Beer (2019) – set to be released in October. The story of Racheltjie de Beer is based on the well-known Afrikaans folk tale passed on from generation to generation, and recently won no less than 2 awards at the prestigious Silwerskerm filmfees.
Apart from blessing our screens, Seputla also has impressive theatre productions attached to his name. This includes Waiting for Godot directed by the award-winning Lara foot (2002), Rivonia co-directed by the award-winning Aubrey Sekhabi and Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom. (2010), Mating Birds (2014) and most recently Flak My Son (2018) in which he acted alongside his actor son Thapelo Sebogodi.
Seputla Sebogodi is also a well-known gospel singer in his community, making him a well-rounded performer and a deserving actor of legendary status in the South African entertainment industry. His hard work and experience has not been unnoticed: in 2010 Seputla Sebogodi won a well-deserved SAFTA for ‘best actor in a television soap’, the first of hopefully many more prestigious awards.