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Muvhango's leading man

By Sbusiso Shongwe | Jun 01, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 95 ]

"I've grown in the role"

MUVHANGO'S leading man and one of the popular SABC2 soapie's longest-serving actors, Gabriel Temudzani, loves embracing the character of Chief Azwindini in Muvhango for sustaining the culture of the VhaVenda.

He is particularly impressed by the democratic nature of Azwindini - the chief of Thathe - whom he has been playing with aplomb for many years.

"The character has good intentions and a vision for his community, so he rules with democratic style," Temudzani explains.

"He does not make decisions on his own. There are counsellors who are his eyes and ears and that is what earns him the respect of his subjects, peers and detractors alike."

Temudzani points out that Azwindini's undoing is his short-sightedness. "This especially when it comes to other issues, like those concerning women," Temudzani says.

"In the show Chief Azwindini uses culture as an excuse to corner woman into his home. But there is a limit within culture itself. As much as he is a black man with that highly respected seat in the community, he has responsibilities. It is wrong to use culture to abuse one's rank, like chiefdom."

Temudzani has been "wearing the skin" of Azwindini for 12 years now and says during the early days of the show he was not certain for how long he would remain good at his craft - and do justice to the role - but, with time, it all seems to have worked out well.

The 32-year-old has featured in other shows such as the movies Diamond and Destiny and Night Drive With Winnie Mandela, and theatre productions that include The Dog and The Night of Horror, for which he won a Vita award.

Temudzini also took over from Shandukani Nesengani on the SABC2 magazine show La Familia, which celebrates the lives of families and their dynamics.

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Sharpsharp
My KUKU is logged - hubby has the key.

Jun 01, 2012 10:43 | 0 replies

'preparing my weave' oh, you just confirmed that you are self-hater.........you can go and die, we shall not miss you......You are not a God's gift to humanity.......who cares when you go to the Festival. MondaG my foot

Jun 01, 2012 12:49 | 0 replies

@Ann - ek weet nie ou vriendin maar ek is seker sy's 'n pastoor. She is feature in the latest "Soul" magazine.

Jun 01, 2012 12:53 | 0 replies

Zwanga
@All f$ken h@ters, you have conviniently deviated from the core message which is: "the use of power to abuse women" Instead of commenting on how we normally use our culture to abuse our women, you are now talking about Gabriel the person......typical blacks, you don't have anything good to say about yourselves......instead you excel in 'bring him down syndrome'..........For your information, Gabriel is contributing in his own way to society... he comes from the village in Vend$...humble beginnings....I care less about who he dates, its none of my business and most importantly for us VhaVend$, we are very proud of him. Go f@rt peas to the moon.......................................
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why are you like these hee please lighten up, some of us have humour and know where to draw the line, please know how to differentiate when someone is joking and being serious, hey wa mo rata Gabriel yoo wa gago neh! chilll ntobazana.

Jun 01, 2012 12:58 | 0 replies

Rakgadi-Tabeya
@Ann - ek weet nie ou vriendin maar ek is seker sy's 'n pastoor. She is feature in the latest "Soul" magazine
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yah i saw her on the cover of Move, thnx to make she looks better, im just not sure about the whole pastor thing the lady looks like she s got lots of issues

Jun 01, 2012 1:1 | 0 replies

CAKE
Bye everyone - preparing my weave to go to the Festivaal...Ayobaness.....MondaG
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Zwanga
'preparing my weave' oh, you just confirmed that you are self-hater.........you can go and die, we shall not miss you......You are not a God's gift to humanity.......who cares when you go to the Festival. MondaG my foot
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@k. U.KU yhoo run girl run before Zwanga a o loya tjoooo o na le mathata sesi. Cake run as fast as you can or else vutha yo go vuthela moo.

Jun 01, 2012 1:1 | 0 replies

@spokowee
why are you like these hee please lighten up, some of us have humour and know where to draw the line, please know how to differentiate when someone is joking and being serious, hey wa mo rata Gabriel yoo wa gago neh! chilll ntobazana.
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Wena Spoko have a dry sense of humour, if you consider Cake's comments as jokes..........well, I cannot help you..........you can as well go to the nearest cemetry. If you think whatever you saying sounds like a joke......read this slowly: YOUR JOKES ARE TASTELESS

Jun 01, 2012 1:17 | 0 replies

@k. U.KU yhoo run girl run before Zwanga a o loya tjoooo o na le mathata sesi. Cake run as fast as you can or else vutha yo go vuthela moo.
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@Spoko.................if this is the best advise you can give to your friend, well, we must accept that stup1dity is not disability ........there is no cure for stup1dity...I for one, cannot help you in this one.....you are on your own....enjoy the ride.....the more i read your comments, the more I realised that some people are still mentally enslaved. Group Areas Act did a wonderful job in your parents and you have unfortunately inherited a useless gift, that is: TRIBALISM.....Its a pity nobody will honour you......

Jun 01, 2012 1:35 | 0 replies

Tjo tjo tjo this Zwanga wi.ll k.i..ll for Gabriel already telling me that i have a dry sense of humour tjoooo ke mathata aa tladi e tseleng moo. Gabriel you've gone too far X2 you should hide your head in shame gabrielllllllllllllllllllllllll gabrielllllllllllllllllllllllll gabriellllllllllllllllllllllllllllll *singing*

Jun 01, 2012 1:36 | 0 replies

Chief Azwindini he's the man.keep up being the best acter

Jun 01, 2012 1:37 | 0 replies

Bye everyone - preparing my weave to go to the Festivaal...Ayobaness.....MondaG

Jun 01, 2012 12:34 | 0 replies