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Singer to play Makeba in Mandela movie

2013-03-18 20:43
 
Cape Town - She may have a small role in the upcoming film adaptation of Nelson Mandela's bestselling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, but South African actress and singer Nomfusi Gotyana believes she learned a lot from the experience, reports Sowetan Live.

The SAMA winner portrays the late Miriam Makeba in the much-antipated film, by SA über-producer Anant Singh, which has been titled Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

"I play a scene in which the young former President Nelson Mandela comes to an underground bar to enjoy good music," Nomfusi explained to Sowetan Live. "I am happy to have to relived an era that really appreciated good live music."

New possibilities

With Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom as her first major movie role, Nomfusi feels that this has opened up doors for her and confirmed for her that she would love to do it again.

"I am a performer and would not turn down opportunities to perform, be it singing or acting."

She also recently returned from Germany after performing at the Music for Goals concert, a concert which sets out to make people more aware of racism, and will be hosting her second solo show in Munich during July.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom stars British actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Gys de Villiers as FW De Klerk and Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada.

The movie, directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, The First Grader), is set for release in South Africa on 6 December .

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