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 ├╝ber-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 .


  • Danzo Roman Makgitla - 2013-03-18 21:05

    ...and who will play 'Mandela' American...yeah thats what i thot

      Bizarro Jerri - 2013-03-19 00:12

      ahem...Idris Elba is English...your argument is invalid,my hair is a bird.

      Zakhele Nkosi - 2013-03-19 05:04

      I don't want to sound like I'm anti-Mandela...but @ Bizzaro, he's got a valid point. When Lion King the Musical was first launched, Sello Maake ka Ncube played Mufasa's role so as to give the Character an African bold accent and voice...but that was it. There is/has never been an African playing that role or any other lead-roles within the musical in all the Lion King musicals around the world, unless its Rafiki who is just a supporting role. Now coming to Mandela's role played by the English, has nothing to do with (he fact that he's better suited for the role, has to do with who is funding the project and also to sell it internationally. Do you honestly want to tell me that we don't have an actor who can nail that character? How about the gentleman who is a spiting image of Mandela and speaks like him, you have seen him on TV, and he's been used a number of times for tiny Mandela roles in documentaries and adverts. In America and the would not play a role of a significant political leaders role without acquiring the permission of the performing artist rights unions that protect such roles for local artist and is constituted by their bill of rights, its not that easy. Ask John Kani he will tell you...artist and artists rights here in South Africa are violeted all the time and we've been debating these issues post 1994 elections. Did you watch big debate on sunday and listened to SAfm on monday morning? They addressed exactly these issues...imagine watching a Mandela character who could not speak a line of our deep isiXhosa accent , and we should be proud of that? Anant is the big business in the film industry based in Cape Town...I don't believe in a shadow of a doubt if he were asked; Was there no South African actor who can play this role far more better than the international artist and with more weight on the character?......if he's answer would be no, which I know it won't, then it would mean there are people behind him pressing his buttons. I'm an artist myself, I've been in every corner of the world and we engage with internatiol artist on these pressing issues and they are protected...unlike here. Here you simply take the money and run, and you would probably get a standing ovassion while you at it! Support local artist mr Bizzaro, you would help us a change a lot of injustices experienced by our local artist all day long. I could write a novel just on these issues. An English actor for Mandela's role is simply an insult to local artist and to the Country as a whole, and is most definately a VALID point mr Danzo Roman Makgitla....thank you for being at our level! Our Minister of arts and culture is simply an empty suit, they would not question these values. Local artist to star in new Mandela biopic the only one and its not even a big role, and we should applaud that...Hhay suka maan!!

  • Prada Ledger - 2013-03-18 21:32

    there are enough Mandela movies now

      Esme Munzhedzi - 2013-03-18 23:02

      @Prada they r not enough i still wnt 2 c more,can u plz name a few of his movies...?

      Fezile Ntontela - 2013-03-19 06:11

      and your point prada?

      Prada Ledger - 2013-03-19 06:55

      heres the names, goodbye bafana, long walk, that one abt bok win cant remember the name, the one with Terence Howard as Mandela. infact almost all leading black actors have played Mandela, Potier, Feeman, Howard etc

  • Shaun McCormack - 2013-03-19 05:59

    If this movie doesn't win an Oscar, they really should give up.

  • John Cryink - 2013-03-19 12:20

    What about a movie of his legasy that is with us today "I demand", entitlement,AA,BEE,equity,infrastructure colapse the list is long??

  • Lauren Haupt - 2013-03-19 16:41

    I wish they'd stop putting American and English actors into role that should be played by South Africans

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