New drama features Khanyi Mbau as a church-going lady with a dark secret

2018-03-20 16:45

Cape Town - We can imagine Khanyi Mbau playing many roles but we could’ve never imagined her as a quiet and submissive church woman but thanks to Mzansi Magic, viewers will get to see a different side to Khanyi.

The TV and radio personality will star in Mzansi Magic’s new drama series, Abo Mama as Tshidi, an approval seeking former ghetto queen turned suburban wife who’s married to a reputable doctor played by Leroy Gopal.

Set in Soweto and Ferndale, the Parental Advisory Productions produced drama examines and challenges the ideas of faith and sin when four close women are sucked into the criminal underworld and forced to turn their stokvel into a money-laundering scheme.

The drama begins when Thabang (Kgosi Mongake), the brother of soft-spoken Mapule (Nokuthula Ledwaba) is arrested, for the umpteenth time, but this time tells her he has hidden R2 million away for her and his daughter to use. Unbeknownst to Mapule, the money belongs to Bonanza (Kenneth Nkosi), local heist king and butcher, who Thabang has now double crossed. Mapule takes the news to her prayer group and stokvel ladies, where Fumane (Joyce Skefu) the pastor’s wife comes up with the plan to use the evil money to do good.

Respected and loved by the community, Fumane’s actions help her to find the power outside her controlling husband (Don Mlangeni Nawa) who is more concerned about his church and image than his wife. Fumane becomes of real service to the church and community. However, she begins to get tempted by power and it remains to be seen whether this archangel of Soweto will stay true to what she stands for.

Also part of the prayer group is Dora (newcomer Unathi Guma) and Tshidi (Khanyi Mbau). Dora is a jolly, former alcoholic with a problematic spending impulse. She is everyone’s favourite person at church but hides a dark secret and so does Tshidi.

Speaking to DRUM, M-Net’s Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Reneilwe Sema explained how the drama series is relatable.

“What makes Abomama relatable are these women who represent the mothers, sisters and grandmothers who hold our society together. The drama aims to show these everyday women as they grapple with temptations, weaknesses, strengths, miracles and victories. Abomama reveals the extraordinary lives of ordinary women” she said.

Other cast members include Masechaba Mtolo, Sekoati Tsubane, Gabriel Mini and veteran actor, Jerry Phele.

Catch Abo Mama on Mzanzi Magic on the 8th of April at 20:00.

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