Former Rhythm City actress, dancer, singer and songwriter Keabetswe “KB” Motsilanyane has bounced back with a huge role on SABC2’s thriller Thola after a year without action.
Motsilanyane will play Dibuseng Makwarela, a wife who was wrongfully arrested and serving a sentence for murdering her husband – a crime she did not commit.
“My character will go through a journey of hardship, friendship, hope and love. Viewers can expect everything!” she laughs, “they’re in for a thrill of a ride and will definitely enjoy the storyline, the way it’s told, the look and feel is enthralling.
“Being in prison Dibuseng is heartbroken and miserable. The viewers will see me stressed out and not wearing make-up. The role has made me dump my usual glamorous look, this will really have the viewers see me in a different light. Literally.”
Motsilanyane (37) was invited and cast for the role in Thola without having to go through auditions. “It’s a case of most artists at this stage of our career, a producer knows if they want to involve you in their project or not.”
Famous as an R&B singer, Motsilanyane says her latest single, Find A Way, is topping the charts on JoziFM, Soweto’s community radio station.
“I’m really proud of how it’s doing. I’m getting ready to shoot the music video. I will be releasing the album soon, it could be as early as next summer.”
Motsilanyane made her debut as an actor at the State Theatre in Pretoria, shortly thereafter she featured in Ali, the movie, alongside Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jamie Foxx. Her first TV role was on the sitcom SOS, followed by SABC1’s mthunzini.com, e.tv’s Backstage in 2001. She started playing the famous Lucilla on Rhythm City in 2007.
She says she always wanted to be a performing artist while growing up in Mahikeng, in North West. “I’m an artist to the core and that came naturally for me to follow my craft and do what I enjoy.”
Through her Mosadi Outreach community empowerment project back home, she says she wants to work on her craft and let her work speak for itself.
She says she spends most of her quality time with her son but still finds time for talent identification, training and grooming workshops for youngsters .
Motsilanyane recently returned from a trip to Norway and Sweden, where she worked with writers and producers on her seventh studio album.
Last month she performed at a concert with her friends at the Bassline in Jozi.