Scandal's Ayanda Daweti on his heartache after losing his mother at 13
Ayanda Daweti. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).
On television he plays a rich, spoilt young
man and has the perfect family. Up until now, Chumani Langa has lived a charmed
life in the popular e.tv show Scandal! but things have become a little bit
harder for him.
There’s the drama that followed after Chumani
and his sister Xolile (played by Sivenathi Mabuya) discovered their parents,
Siseko Langa (played by Hlomla Dandala) and Boniswa (played by Lusanda Mbane),
were involved in a murder during the apartheid regime, putting their lives in
And Chumani is still trying to deal with
the fact that he recently came out as being gay. It’s a role Ayanda Daweti (29)
loves to play.
“Playing a gay character was educational,” he
says. “It’s strange to think that in 2019, people still judge others on their
Ayanda also knows all too well about struggling
and dealing with heartache. Chumani has nothing on this actor when it comes to
coping with pain.
Playing a character eight years his junior
made Ayanda see life through young eyes. “Chumani has always had an easy life
and does not really know the true struggles of the world,” he points out.
Ayanda, on the other hand, has faced many
challenges. At 13 years old, he lost his mother, Nomalizo Daweti, to heart
complications and she died in her sleep. “But my mom’s passing made me grow up
quickly and appreciate the people in my life,” he says sadly.
After her death, he left Mdantsane in the
Eastern Cape to go live with his aunt Stella Sondaba and grandmother Nomonde
Sondaba in Mhlakulo, Tsolo in the Eastern Cape.
He used music to pay tribute to his aunt.
Last month he released a six track debut EP named after her. An EP is a musical
recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified
as an album.
She’s not the only important woman in his
life who makes an appearance on the album. Xola, the song making waves on radio
stations across the country, is dedicated to his late girlfriend Xola, who died
after a tragic car accident in 2010. Ayanda and Xola dated from 2007 until she
But he’s now working on being a better version
of himself. “Music is a form of therapy.” Ayanda hopes to record more music and
feature well-known artists.
“I’m entering a competitive territory of music
and I am ready for the challenge.” He also wants to explore more acting roles.
His highlight as an actor was when he played the role of a nyaope dealer on the
film Okae Molao, which won a Golden Horn award for the Best Made for TV Movie
at the South African Film and Television Award in 2018.