Thokozani Nzima to play Mister in 2020

Written by on July 17, 2019

After two very successful seasons of the musical The Color Purple in 2018 on the Nelson Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre, producers Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay are happy to announce that this 7 Naledi Theatre Awards winning production is set to embark on an international tour in 2020, with the tour kicking off in April at the theatre where it all started.

South African actor and musician Thokozani ‘TK’ Nzima will be playing the leading male role of Mister. TK originally played the role of Pa in 2018 and understudied the role of Mister.

The character of Mister, which has been played by top actors such as Danny Glover in the 1985 movie and Isaiah Johnson in the 2015 Broadway revival of the musical, is a highly layered, challenging role but Nzima is excited to step into this part.

“I’m extremely grateful to director Janice Honeyman and executive producer Bernard Jay for trusting me with this role. This is another step in the right direction for my career. It has been a dream role for me and I will surely work hard to portray the character of Mister with honesty and sincerity,” says Nzima.

TK has built an impressive profile on the South African musical theatre stage, where he first started his career in 2005 at the then Performer Theatre in a musical revue production, Kings and Queens of Music, before moving to the Barnyard Theatres where he performed in Rock Me Amadeus and Under African Skies. In 2008 he was cast in the supporting lead role of Sizwe in a new SA musical, Soweto Story, which was a spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in the iconic township of Soweto.

This catapulted him to new heights as Benjamin Coffin III in the musical Rent, Noah in The Full Monty, as lead male singer in Richard Loring’s Knights Of Music, supporting lead in Janice Honeyman’s pantomime Robinson Crusoe & The Caribbean Pirates, reprising his role as Narrator in the European Tour of Under African Skies, Eddie in Sister Act at Joburg Theatre and Rock Of Ages.

His television credits include [Penguin Films | SABC 1], Ba Kae [Dzuguda Productions | SABC 1], SesTop La [Black Brain Productions | SABC 1], and Generations The Legacy [Mfundi Vundla Productions | SABC 1].

Thokozani Nzima, also known professionally as Zano, studied music at the then Ochrim School Of Music where he graduated top of his class with a Diploma in Jazz & Popular Music, majoring in vocals. His voice was discovered in 2005 by the late Lebo Mathosa who had heard him sing on a track with DJ Christos and Nkosinathi Maphumulo, who would later become the world-wide House music superstar and icon DJ Black Coffee.

Lebo Mathosa gave Zano his first big break to work with a well-known artist as a backing vocalist. Later, he was entrusted with songwriting and music production duties for Lebo Mathosa’s last album before her tragic passing.

Since then, Zano has worked on countless singles and albums with DJs, producers and artists from all over the world – such as Ralf Gum, AtJazz, Jullian Gomes, Riky Rick, DJ Cleo, Pascal Morais, The Layabouts, DJ Silyvi and AfroWarriors. His most notable work was with DJ Black Coffee on his multi-platinum selling album Home Brewed and the Africa Rising Live DVD. The two created the inspirational and emotionally charged anthem Someday. Zano has two music albums under his belt, Colours Of My Soul, released in 2015 and The Emily EP released in 2016.

Joining Thokozani Nzima on stage in The Color Purple, acclaimed South African actors Didintle Khunou, Lelo Ramasimong, Neo Motaung and Yamakani Mahaka-Phiri will be reprising their roles as Celie, Shug Avery, Sofia and Harpo respectively at Joburg Theatre from April 2nd to 12th 2020.

Tickets are available by phoning 0861 670 670, going online at or booking in person at the Joburg Theatre box office.  Theatre patrons can also book online and pay at selected Pick N Pay stores.

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