Lights! Camera! Action! with Nyaniso Dzedze 

By Bantu Ndiki

Nyaniso Dzedze is more than just a local actor, he is an entertainer and youth inspiration. 

Nyaniso always had an inkling that he was interested in arts and entertainment, and that, combined with his passion for R&B music, he realized his future profession. The epiphany took place at Nyaniso’s high school, Bryanston High School, where he performed in “Greece” as Dudey, and decided on his forever role as actor.  

After matriculating, Nyaniso furthered his creative education at the University of Witwatersrand, where he had the option to study art or medicine, which he was also interested in. He then applied to major in music and drama and as time progressed, this became challenging for him so he dropped music and continued with drama instead, which he found again, to be his one true passion.  “I remember one time watching Michael Jackson concert on video and the best that I could do, because I was young maybe about nine or ten years old, was to translate that feeling I got when people were watching him was, I want to be like Michael Jackson” Nyaniso said. 

His professional big break came about during his third year. He and his friends created a play, which his friend directed.  Nyaniso was playing a role of chief leader, where he was discovered an industry legend, James Ngcobo, the market theatre artist and director. 

Since then, Nyaniso has been soaring from height to height, working with many productions, both in theatre and television. His theatre catalog boast Thirst, and One night in Miami directed by James Ngcobo, Nailed Mpho Molepo. His on-screen catalog is a strong contender though with his appearances inn Mzansi Magic productions short films. ‘Hear me move’  was one of the biggest productions he had worked on and landed many other roles that earned him credibility in the industry. Currently he is working with Stain Glass Productions acting as the professional medical doctor on Durban Gen, Kwa-Zulu Natal based hospital with full of drama, and he enjoys that role. 

He is one of the role models that lot of upcoming actors look up to, because he is testimony that you can love your work. 

Photo credit: Nyaniso Dzedze

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