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TV 'Summer loving' star is going places

By unknown | Jan 14, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

A catchy cellphone network commercial has made Nomsa Buthelezi a star in her neck of the woods.

In Alexandra, Johannesburg, where she lives, Buthelezi has become a celebrity since the Vodacom "Summer Loving" advert was first aired late last year.

Buthelezi, 25, is the star of the television commercial in which a female Metro police officer falls in love with a taxi driver.

The stage actress says appearing in the advert has not only revived her career but has made her a star.

"It is amazing how the advert has elevated me to being a star in a short time. I even get lots of invitations now and I am mobbed wherever I go," she says.

Buthelezi, who also acts in Muvhango, told Sowetan that she got the part in the commercial because of her fuller figure.

"When I went for the auditions I found skinny girls and I started doubting my ability. When I got in, I dazzled them with my dancing and singing skills. Immediately the concept was changed," she says.

After launching her name in television commercials, Buthelezi is set to act in a controversial theatre piece called Fat Black Women Sing by Napo Mashiane. The show is about five women who are all obsessed with their weight.

"The show talks to women who are fuller figured. We say accept yourself for what you are. If you love yourself it will show."

Buthelezi started acting at the age of 13 in Alexandra. She says her acting talent was moulded by people such as Jacob Semenya, Bongani Linda and Peter Ngwenya.

Buthelezi has acted with Tsotsi star Terry Pheto in a theatre show, The Toilet.

Fat Black Women Sing opens on February 16 at the Market Theatre.


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