23 October 2017, Alumni of the week
AFDA Johannesburg Higher Certificate alumnus, Brandon ka Madiba, is a very busy young man. He is an actor, dancer and singer currently rehearsing the theatre production “Three little Pigs” at the Irene Village Theatre. He is also fashion designer and has his own clothing brand, #LaBrandz. He is the author of the book “La Brandz In Revolt” which is available on createspace and Amazon. Here is what he has to say:
“The truth is, I am bored out of my mind without a challenge. I'm lonely without fashion to feed my creative nature. I am dead, completely buried six feet under without dramatic arts (acting, dancing and music). I must have it all. Ok I sound like a selfish, spoilt brat, but it's true, I cease to exist. I was born for it all. It chose me not the other way round. Who am I to fight destiny, my dreams are never going to end, never.”
What is my purpose? My purpose in life is to entertain, educate, inspire, help in shaping the world, tell stories, make people feel good about themselves and to leave a legacy. To sing a song that has never been sung, throughout life.
What do I want? I want to be known and celebrated all over the world. I want to use my talents which are acting, dancing, singing, fashion design and running my own multi-purpose business. To create wealth, prosperity and fame, not only for myself but for people around me too. I want to give and help the less fortunate from all walks of life and I want to upgrade my family’s standard of living.
What do I have? I also have two awards for dance (Most promising dancer in SA) and drama (Best Actor on stage). I have a mind and body fully that are functional as well as many talents to help me reach my destiny.
What do I value? Arts, creativity, honesty, confidence, true beauty, love, spirituality, faith and God ,my family, myself, my friends, all humanity and animals plants as well as life and all the beauty around us. I value life lessons, challenges, passions and good healthy living. I believe that books are a blessing to the human race.
What is success? To me success is a combination of things, but I will say this; it is accomplished dreams that are well on their way to maturity, it is having enough money to support those less fortunate, fame, joy, bad judgement that leads to good judgement, love and wisdom. All the above in one living breathing human being.
What are my fondest memories? Last year when I was doing the Snow Queen musical, at the end of one show a middle age white man came to me, hugged me & said “you were simply brilliant, you were my absolute highlight”. When I was doing Cinderella-the musical at Irene Village Theatre, a woman waited for me after the show. As I was leaving the theatre, she called me and said “You were born for this life, how I enjoyed your performance…go out there and grab every opportunity and I will be the first to buy into anything that has your face on it, It’ll be a crime if you didn’t share all of this with the world, I can’t wait to watch you again.” These lines may just be words to you, but to me they just melt away every injustice I faced in pursuing my career, like a mother holding her child for the first time, she no longer remembers labour pains…IT WAS ALL WORTH IT!
Get Down ‘Paul Rapetsoa’ Mahuma
Soweto Festival of Light ‘Titus Hlongwane’ African Pride Arts
RSM Showcase ‘Kimberleigh Stark’ Stark Raving
The Snow Queen ‘Clive Martin’ Pretoria Youth Theatre @ Irene Village Theatre
Cinderella ‘Clive Martin’ Pretorea Youth Theatre @Irene Village Theatre.
Pied Piper’Clive Martin’ Pretoria Youth Theatre @IreneVillageTheatre
Room 9 ‘Darrell Roodt’ DV8 FILMS
Erfsondes ‘Bobby Heaney’ Imani Media
Daddy Cool ‘Amy Allais’Vodacom commercial
Mosi Lager beer ‘VATICE OF INZY ‘Zambian Breweries
Music video and live performances ‘Khabonina Qubeka
Channel O Awards ‘ Glenn van Loggerenberg
Vuzu Channel ‘Masters Of Rhythm’ Nkateko Mabaso
SABC1 ‘Turn it Out ‘Kevin Hooks and Simon West
Most South African Promising Dancer-Khabodacious Move
Best Actor On Stage- Cinderella
AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.