Ba Kae pays tribute to the Icons who once entertained us, inspired us and became a part of our lives and made a mark on our country’s landscape.
The show, previously on SABC 1 and presented by Tholi B, has been revamped with a new home and a new presenter.
Actor and presenter Tshepo Maseko takes on this challenging new role and helps us answer Ba Kae?
How was your first interview last week Wenesday?
Our first guest on Ba Kae was Hlengiwe Carol Dlamini. I must say that one can never prepare enough for any interview, in fact one gets to listen and engage better when you are not over prepared. You are always on your toes and it is wonderful to travel the same journey with your viewer at home. Over preparing borders easily on taking information for granted.
Why do you think we have lost touch with so many of our on-screen (and off-screen) icons?
Icons have a common concern. The cash flow is not nearly enough, they are not appreciated enough and their strong value system does not allow them to cut corners. Integration can work but it is too much of an effort for the youngsters.
The advantage of fame in SA is that it serves as good PR to get more gigs and endorsements. The disadvantages however is that somehow your audience expects you to be constantly glamorous and visible even though the money does not match the fame. The greatest fear for any SA public figure is to retire and die broke. Another disadvantage is that there is no such thing as privacy.
You gained more popularity when you played Parsons on Isidingo, do you still come across people who call you that name?
Contrary to popular belief, Tlharantlhope is still more popular than Parsons. A lot of my fans refer to me as Phologolo, a vibrant and liberal radio show I hosted on Motsweding FM on Saturday mornings from. So Tlharantlhope, Phologolo and Parsons are still major contenders.
What comes first, presenting or acting?
Acting will always be a big part of my career, it is my life. Don't get me wrong, I do love presenting but acting gives me the opportunity to portray different characters. That is exciting and challenging. Presenting however allows me to learn and meet more people. My first presenting jobs were Limits Unlimited and Take-5. And then there was Love Life. It is at Love Life that I fell in love with people interaction, youth development and motivational programs.
What else are you working on?
I am on Saints and Sinners (Mzansi Magic). I also hope to play the role of the late Baby Jake Matlala soon. For now, see you all on the next episode of Ba Kae on SABC 2, where you belong.
Journalist Siphelele Buthelezi is fascinated with Le good life, enjoys SA and international entertainment and fashion.