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