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Generations’ detective sings the gospel

2017-11-28 16:17
PHOTO: Supplied to DRUM

He plays the honest and strict detective Roberts on Generations: The Legacy, but that’s not his only talent. Versatile Tumelo Matlala is also a recording gospel artist with three albums under his belt.

He recently dropped his latest album – From a Heart of a Man to God – and DRUM caught up with the star to find out how he manages to balance being a musician and actor.

How do you juggle being a gospel singer and an actor in one of the biggest soapies in Mzansi?

It’s a matter of balancing time. Luckily the Generations job is during the week and I don’t shoot every day. So after shooting I get time to go to rehearsals and my gigs are mostly on the weekends.

What are some of your best moments on Generations: The Legacy?

My highlight is working alongside a man that I respect so much, Vusi Kunene who plays Jack Mabaso and learning more about the law. Having to do research on criminal law.

Why did you decide to go into acting?

It’s my passion and so is singing. I started with music and along the way I realised that it’s a struggle to become an independent musician. So my second love was acting. I went to study acting and luckily it was one opportunity that opened doors for me. Before Generations I did about six Mzansi Magic movies.

How do your gospel fans receive you now that you’re playing the role of a detective on Generations?

It’s way better than before, the publicity that I’m getting from Generation helps when it comes to the music because most of the people look at artists and ask themselves, “What’s different about this artist?” and you need to focus on what people can remember you by.

Being on Generations really helps because when I go places people remember me as the detective on Generations.