Actor, singer, songwriter, rapper, Phila Madlingozi has won a Golden Horn award for Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score on TV Drama for Isikizi season two at the South African Film and Television awards (SAFTAS).
Filmmaker best known for his role as Zithembe/Zolile in the second season of the SABC1 drama series Intersexions, in 2013,
Phila, son of veteran musician Ringo Madlingozi, says he never saw the award coming and he did not even attend the awards because he didn’t think they would win. “I did not think we were going to win the award but it shows that hard work pays off and when I received the invite to attend the awards I was already on my way home to Port Elizabeth.”
“I was starting to feel lost; I had been working so hard in Johannesburg but I was not seeing any rewards for my hard work.”The singer and actor says his ancestors helped him win the award. “I came to get my blessings here in PE and my ancestors helped us get that award.”
“In this industry you have to be a character and being known as just Ringo’s son annoys me.” Phila Madlingozi says he even refuses to walk in the streets with his dad or attend events with him because he will be labeled “Ringo’s son” and not be seen for his acting and singing talent.
“I became gatvol of it all and I just decided to leave Jozi for a bit to get away from the noise and to cleanse my soul at home. I’m not doing anything ritualistic but being away from Johannesburg has helped me to appreciate myself and know who I am so I am able to come back and collect more awards,” says Phila.