The Muvhango actor Tebatso Mashishi, who plays the role of Kgosi Mukwevho got his acting break in the highly acclaimed film Matwetwe in 2019 and lost his co-star Sibusiso Khwinana who got stabbed and killed.
The actor-musician recently opened up about the traumatic experience and his acting and music career.
TEBATSO MASHISHI: LIFE AFTER ‘MATWETWE’
The Limpopo-born actor-writer-musician Tebatso Mashishi who is known as Kgosi Mukwevho in Muvhango lost his friend and co-star Sibusiso Khwinana after the filming of Matwetwe.
Mashishi who goes by the stage name Prodykal Son, derived from the Bible’s prodigal son story tells Sowetan he started as a musician before acting.
“My life soon changed from music to acting but I’ve been doing music for the longest time. [It was] only in 2019 that I decided to do things right by working with creditable producers and connects. I even started using my acting money to invest in my music. I do this because I know that acting gigs aren’t guaranteed.”
His co-star and friend Sibusiso Khwinana got stabbed and killed by muggers shortly after the release of the movie Matwetwe and he concurrently had to deal with the loss of his mother.
“Having the ongoing case take place was like the sore wound being opened again. It sort of gives me closure now that the killer was found guilty. It’s great news that Sibusiso’s killer is behind bars but that won’t bring my friend back. We were robbed of such a talented human being.”
HIS ROLE IN ‘MUVHANGO’ AND HIS MUSIC CAREER
The 29-year-old star also tells the publication that he uses music to deal with any pain or issues he might be facing in his life.
His latest album titled A Lot Happened speaks on losing his mother, battling depression and suicidal thoughts, and finally finding hope.
“My favourite song on the album is track number three, titled Modimo ase Sny (loosely translated, God is not an idiot). This song is like a prayer to me… when everything was happening around me, I was asking God whether he could see my suffering.”
He plays millionaire KK Mulaudzi’s (played by MacDonald Ndou) son who recently exited the soapie.
His character Kgosi is an IT specialist and a millionaire at Muvhango Milling who often appears on-screen alongside his cousin Vutshilo.