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Former Isidingo actor Lerato Makhetha is branching out into music

2020-04-06 16:00
Lerato Makheta
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Playing Ntando Sibeko in SABC3’s Isidingo was a role he’d wanted for five years. And when he nailed the audition in 2018, Lerato Makhetha thought he’d stick around for a few years. But due to poor audience ratings among other reasons, Isidingo was cancelled – leaving many actors unemployed.

But that did not bring Lerato down as he has other talents up his sleeve.The 33-year-old recently unleashed his vocal power when he released his debut single, Makubenjalo.

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“Makubenjalo is a love letter to Africa with the intent to apologise for the xenophobia, gender-based violence, marches advocating for free higher education and general social unrest that was prevalent at the time [2019],” he says.

Lerato believes he was born a musician, which is what drove him to do music studies at Drakensberg Boys Choir School in 1997.

“I started my professional music career in 2003, playing piano for Tuks Senganga.

The son of veteran actor Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha now goes by the stage name Son of Jerry.“Since Isidingo I have thrown myself back into creating music again. I’ve also started film scoring, creating jingles and working on my upcoming EP,” he says.

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With the 21-day lockdown, Lerato has had more time to write music in the comfort of his home. “I am using what’s left of the 21-day lockdown period to complete a six- to seven-track EP that I’ll be releasing as a winter-warmer,” he adds.