By: Tasneem Amos & Zama Khumalo
There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance; however, Simphiwe Majozi has no issue with finding his balance. For those of you who don’t know who Simphiwe Majozi is, he plays role of Sbu on Uzalo, the popular telenovela aired on SABC 1.
Simphiwe, aged 29, was born and raised in Mthwalume, which is in the South Coast of KZN. He has a degree in Marketing and is also a professional percussionist. Simphiwe started his Arts journey at age 7, where he landed himself a leading role in a play that his brother’s cultural project was performing. He has been in theatre for the most part ever since.
When asked about his time at Uzalo, Majozi says: “Uzalo has opened [more] doors for me” and confirmed that people acknowledge and embrace his talent more, since his been on Uzalo.
He says that his time at Uzalo has helped him transform artistically; from theatre acting to screen acting. He researches and analyses the lines of his script; to understand what the writer is looking for and says that he will always touch base with the director before he starts the shoot. Simphiwe does this to understand how the director would like the scene to be portrayed and to share his ideas.
The transformation appears seamless to us because Sbu has been so well received.
We asked how does he cope with the fame and Simphiwe explained that he tries to consciously remain humble in every encounter, which allows him not to get carried away. Humility and professionalism; two qualities, which together are a guaranteed recipe for success.
Sbu and Simphiwe have one thing in common, their ability to be funny. Simphiwe was often referred to as Mr Bean, a character played by Rowan Atkinson, growing up and he says that Sbu, his character, is also funny at times.
Simphiwe has directed a few shows in theatre and would like to venture into directing films, to gain understanding and perspective. His biggest inspiration has been his mentor, Mr Bheki Mkhwana
Majozi’s faith lies in God and he is confident that a lead role will present itself before his 31st birthday in November 2019. He says he has a timeframe for his blessings to ensure that he is ever ready to receive and be worthy of them and affirms that God always delivers. We say amen.
Simphiwe certainly has the perfect balance between faith, passion and profession and we had to ask him for some advice for any other ordinary that wants to break into the industry and become a success whilst at it, he says: “They only need to spend more time [in] perfecting their skills in acting and never chase fame, eventually they will attract a good job offer without even noticing”. Wise words indeed.
There really is not much left to say but “world watch out”. We wish Simphiwe everything of the best in his future endeavours.