Meet Zola, Ingoma’s beautiful young star

28 January 2015
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Zola Nombona is one of South Africa’s young rising stars who is well on her way to becoming a household name. We caught up with her ahead of her starring lead role in Ingoma, a brand new Original Mzansi Magic Movie this Sunday at 21:00.

Who is Zola Nombona and how did she work her way to our screens?
Zola Nombona is a girl from a small town in the Eastern Cape called Matatiele, who has always been passionate about acting and performance. I worked my way to the small screens by firstly studying Dramatic Arts in High School and completing my honors degree in Dramatic Arts at Wits University. I then went through auditions like everyone else.

What were the highlights of working on Ingoma?
Playing a lead role in my first feature film has been a massive highlight. Having the opportunity to act, sing and dance in one film and working with a big company such as Penguin Films has really been amazing.

Tell us about the cast and how it was like to work with the likes of Aubrey Poo?
The cast of Ingoma was an extremely supportive cast. We became a family and worked very well together. Working with the likes of Aubrey Poo was an honour and a dream come true. I learnt a lot from him and I appreciated the respect, advice and support he gave me.

What is the toughest thing about your job?
The toughest thing about my job is the unpredictability of it. Because we are freelancers, jobs aren't always guaranteed.

Give us 3 reasons why we should tune in to Ingoma on Sunday 1 February?
Ingoma is a great movie with a great storyline as so many of us can relate to the journey of coming from 'nowhere' and chasing a dream. Ingoma will take the audience on a journey filled with a lot of emotion, entertainment and drama. People will have the opportunity to see me act, sing and dance!

What show on Mzansi Magic would you love to be a part of?
I would be honored to be a part of any Mzansi Magic show, however I am a fan of creating and being part of new, innovative shows.

What are you working on now?
I just finished shooting another sitcom called Ithuba Lokugcina. I am now preparing to shoot an action series which will be coming out in the course of the year.

Other than acting, what else do you do?
I sing and dance. I am also a qualified Applied Theatre Practitioner and I love theatre making.

What advice would you give to young budding stars who would also like to see themselves staring in a movie?
Education is key. People need to go to school. Passion alone is not enough; one needs to acquire the necessary skill of performance to ensure longevity in the industry.

If a genie gave you 3 wishes, what would you ask for and why?
Firstly I would wish for God to grant my late grandmothers an opportunity to see me do what I love as they were and still are my greatest inspiration.
My second wish would be for God to grant me success and happiness in my career as I don't see myself doing anything else.
My last wish would be for God to bless my future marriage and children and to grant my family and friends good health and long life because family is an integral part of me.

Tune in to Ingoma, a movie about a naïve and sheltered girl who dreams of being a successful singer, this Sunday at 21:00.