Getting To Know Minenhle Dlamini
When our boy Tbo touch left the LIVE building, we knew or should I say I knew I was going to see fresh talent and a new face. Minenhle “Minnie” Dlamini was voted as the new member of the Live family and outshone the other final contestants. We all had our favourites and who we wanted to win but Minnie managed to get the spot. Not everyone knows her but when I sat down with her to get to know her, I found out she’s loud, fun and friendly.
Lebza4sho: Ok firstly let me start by asking, who’s Minnie?
Minnie: Who am I? Uhmm I’m very loud, energetic, I’m a person who’s a jack of all trades, I did everything. I mean my parents believed that they should expose me to a whole lot of things to keep me out of trouble. Sunday was my church day if I’m lucky because I would sometimes have tournaments. I also played a lot of sports; I used to sing, dance, acted and did musical theatre. I’m a busy bee, so I’m the type of person who cannot be categorized into one thing. You can’t say Minnie is a drama queen or a prima dona . I’m pretty much everything.
Lebza4sho: How would you define your style and personality?
Minnie: I like taking risks, in terms of my personality and my style. I’m the kind of person who likes to stand out in a crowd, I love attention; I love it when people say “oh that’s Minnie look at what she’s wearing”. Lol Whether it’s ugly or not as long as I like it, that’s all that matters because I love being unique.
Lebza4sho: How does it feel being part of the LIVE family?
Minnie: Oh damn! It feels awesome, it’s one of the best music shows in the country because of the viewership. I’ve always wanted to present but didn’t think that Live would be my biggest break, always thought of something small.
Lebza4sho: I can imagine hey, so are your parents supportive about the whole presenting thing?
Minnie: I mean, yes definitely my parents support everything good that I do. I remember in my first year in Economics I did politics, I did well but I didn’t enjoy it. My passion is in the arts, drama, film and media. Instead of doing my second year, I re did my first year so that I can study something that I love and my parents were supportive of that decision.
Lebza4ho: What are you currently studying?
Minnie: Uhmm well I was studying film, media, drama and economics at UCT but I de registered so that I could move to Joburg.
Lebza4sho: Yho such a hectic move.
Minnie: Yeah I know but instead of studying Film and media, now I have the opportunity to intern here at LIVE and other shows. I’m interning here at Urban Brew studios, doing production, learning what it takes to produce a show and basically everything that has to do with TV.
So I have the opportunity to learn everything practically but I’m going to register to study next year. I’m thinking of doing Bcomm Marketing, just to do the business side of things.
Lebza4sho: Nje do you think you will be able to finish in record time with all the other stuff you are doing?
Minnie: Lol yeah, I actually find it difficult to only concentrate on one thing. I remember in my first year at varsity, I was just doing academics and I found myself very bored. I wasn’t able to function well coz I’m used to doing a lot of stuff every day.
Lebza4sho: How was the adjustment moving from Durbs to the concrete jungle JHB?
Minnie: I actually moved from Durban to Cape Town, from Cape Town to Joburg, Randburg where i currently reside and so far so good I must say.
Lebza4sho: Is intombi yomzulu your signature?
Minnie: Hahahahaha yeah I guess so I mean the funny part was that it wasn’t supposed to be a tagline, I just used it to describe myself from the other contestants because I was discovered in Cape Town even though I’m a Durbanite. I wanted people to vote for a proudly Durbanite, “i was like I’m from Cape Town kodwa ngiyintombi yomzulu”. The next thing I was told it was quite fresh and I should keep it.
Lebza4sho: Do you like it though?
Minnie: I like it, it describes who I am, it’s not like a tagline where I say “I’m freshelicious or something crazy”, and you know people can come up with weird things.
Ok I did this interview sometime in July but then at the SABC 1 launch in August Brown Shuga told Minnie that she’s doing a great job but she should take it slow with the “Intombi yomzulu line” then Minnie said it was done. So I wanted to find out why she stopped.
Lebza4sho: So why did you stop using your tagline “intombi yomzulu”?
Minnie: Like I said, it wasn’t a tagline. It was just something that describes who I am, so when you see me ngiyintombi yomzulu, i don’t have to say it.
Lebza4sho: oh cool, which local celebs do you look up to?
Minnie: Eish, that’s a tough one, I look up to a lot actually. I like to find certain things about certain people and make my own imaginary person that I admire. But if I was to pin point someone it would definitely be Basetsana Kumalo.
I think starting as Miss SA, she was able to build her own brand, and it opened up a lot of opportunities for her. She went into the corporate world, which is something that I also want; build my own brand as Minnie. After that i will start my own company. I love entertainment but I’m also business minded.
Lebza4sho: That’s the spirit nana, so how’s your relationship with Bonang and my boy Phila?
Minnie: I love them, oh great people and really talented. It’s a great show to work with such talent because they helping me top up my game.
Lebza4sho: What advice did B give you when you joined live?
Minnie: I actually got the best advice from Phila, he also got it from Andile Ncube. He said to me when I get to the LIVE stage, forget your problems, script, technicalities and just be you. That was the best advice I got because you don’t want people comparing me to Bonang or any other presenter.
Lebza4sho: How do you deal with criticism?
Minnie: As long as it’s constructive criticism, you can take it and use it because that’s the only way you can improve your work. One of the Live co-producers once told me that if you don’t have haters then you’re doing something wrong, so let it come, let it roll uhmm LOL- Not but yeah.
Lebza4sho: kwaaa be careful what you wish for, hai JC bloggers are always on fire I respect them. How long is your contract with LIVE?
Minnie: Everyone’s contract is on a 6 month basis and they renew it if you’re doing a good job.
Lebza4sho: And if you were given an opportunity to change LIVE, what would it be?
Minnie: Uhmm i pretty much like the way it is, I think the formula is great and people still love it but it wouldn’t hurt to re-brand every couple of years.
Lebza4sho: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Minnie: For now it’s my Blackberry, it’s so weird how a small device controls my life lol, ok I’m being dramatic but hey.
Lebza4sho: Dude, Blackberry is the future! So who do you normally hang around with?
Minnie: I’m always at work so I hardly have time to hang out and when I do; I love chilling on my couch watching TV and of course with food.
Lebza4sho: Awwww shem awuna life
Minnie: yeah I’m a loner lol
Lebza4sho: mmm becareful what you say.
Minnie: ok but I really see my mates when I can but I’m always too tired, so sorry guys if you ‘re going to read this heheh.
Lebza4sho. So what did you do with your first cheque?
Minnie: Well I gave some cash to my parents and bought food.
Lebza4sho: Kwaaa o strong hey, I’d buy clothes and food would take a chill pill.
Minnie: NEVER! A girl must eat.
Lebza4sho: oh well yeah, so what kind of music do you listen to?
Minnie: All music except for heavy metal. I love Durban house, hip hop, rnb and jazz. But my favourite is old music.
Lebza4sho: * jumps of the chair* hawu i gospel manje?
Minnie: I love it, I’m a huge Joyous celebration fan locally and Fred Hammond and many more internationally.
Lebza4sho: lol mina shem ngizithandela uHlengiwe Mhlaba
Minnie: Yeah she’s amazing and Ntokozo Mbambo too.
Lebza4sho: Ok let’s not talk about gospel anymore; I’m feeling the Holy Spirit manje.
Minnie: lol ok next question.
Lebza4sho: So what are the qualities you look for in your superman?
Minnie: First of all he has to be tall, shallow stuff aside, he must have a great sense of humour and be able to make me laugh, and he must have direction in life and a general nice guy with a backbone.
Lebza4sho: *melts* you just described me moes.
Minnie: your cute lol
Lebza4sho: lol thanks! So where to from here? Like After Live and stuff?
Minnie: I want to pursue my acting career; I will be on Generations in October for a small role. Then finish my degree.
Lebza4sho: So I can say on the interview that you’ll appear on Generations?
Minnie: yeah, you have the scoop. No one knows.
Lebza4sho. Oh wow thanks and thank you for your time; it was good chatting to you.
Minnie: Wow that was quick, thanks!
Believe it or not this young girl will go far with her confidence and she has this energy that I believe will take her far. Am looking forward to seeing how she’s gonna do at Generations, hopefully she won’t replace the skinny that everyone complains about lol.