‘It’s in the blood’ SA Actor Dumisani Dlamini Gushes Over Daughter Doja Cat
Dumisani Dlamini takes great pride in being the father of global superstar Doja Cat. He believes that talent runs in his bloodline, and he couldn’t be more proud of his children’s accomplishments. Speaking about Doja Cat’s success as an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Dlamini said, “I’m so proud of her for what she has achieved. I’m not surprised because it’s in the blood. In fact, all my kids are very talented. I think South Africa as a whole should be proud of such great talent coming from us.”
An Accomplished Actor
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Dumisani Dlamini himself is an accomplished actor with a long and successful career. He recently starred in the new Showmax film Mkhonto as Chief Siviko ka Vaka, the ruler of the fictional, mystical kingdom of Eziqwaqweni. Dlamini took on this role because he was immediately interested in it. “The story is so deep and spiritual, and I liked how it’s attached to Zulu history,” he explained. He wants people to remember the phrase, “indlovu iyabulawa intuthwane” (an elephant can be killed by an ant), emphasizing the power of the unexpected.
A Villainous Strength
In Mkhonto, Dlamini portrays an antagonist, and he believes that playing a villain is where his strength lies. He stated, “I can play a role where I am a sweet person, but playing a villain is where I believe I nail it the most.” Dlamini’s ability to bring depth and authenticity to his characters comes from his approach of stepping out of himself and allowing the character to take over.
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He relies on prayer and meditation to keep each role unique and honest. He shared, “I don’t act; I simply become honest with the role. There are so many things that happen spiritually when I step on the scene, and I am always surprised by where I take these roles.”
A Lead Role Until the End
With three decades of experience in the industry, Dumisani Dlamini still has aspirations for a lead role that sees the story through until the end. Often, his roles get cut short based on the storyline or his busy schedule. He expressed his desire, saying, “If I could get a role that I will portray until the end, I believe prime-time television will never be the same.” Dlamini’s talent and dedication have been evident throughout his career, and he continues to seek opportunities to showcase his abilities in a leading capacity.