‘Mpho Sebeng was on my prayer list of actors’: ‘016FM’ star Joseph Sedibo

Actor Joseph Sedibo, who place the character of DJ Tsietsi in 016FM, recently opened up about acting alongside the late Mpho Sebeng.

Sebeng, who was 31-year-old, lost his life in a car accident in Potchefstroom on 5 May.

Opening up about working with the late Savage Beauty star, Sedibo – who is also currently on Showmax as Mkhonto on Empini – said it was an honour.

“It was such an honour working with him. Mpho was one of the people on my prayer list that I’ve always wanted to work with, so when that happened I was ecstatic.

“He was such a great demonstrator, especially when it came to all the stunts we did. Mpho taught me so many stunt techniques. Most of the stunts that viewers will see between him and I were facilitated by him.

“He was such a talented man and funny too. Sometimes when working, I’d want him to finish his lines because I’d want to break out of character and just laugh.

From humble beginnings at the Market Theatre to appearing on Rhythm City to acting on two Showmax Originals, it is clear that his star is on the rise. The Duma Ndlovu Academy graduate revealed that one of his acting dreams was to be on a Sotho show.

“I’m Sotho and so I always wanted my first big show to be in Sotho. So when I was presented with the 016FM script, I thought to myself, ‘This is it!’

“I also wanted to be a part of 016FM because of how it represents the Vaal pop culture. The Vaal doesn’t have a story out there, and I believe the Vaal has a story that South Africans need to hear.”

His character, DJ Tsietsi, is nothing like him, Sedibo shared.

“DJ Tsietsi and I are worlds apart. DJ Tsietsi is shy and reserved, whereas I’m loud and energetic. I’m more confident in my own skin than him; he’s such an awkward person. However, I do relate to some of his experiences, like losing a parent and being very much independent.”

016FM follows two polar opposite DJs who join forces to save their beloved radio station.

Their journey is fraught with obstacles, including the need to oust a dangerous, shadowy syndicate that has infiltrated the station. The series promises intense drama and high-stakes action, capturing the heart and soul of the Vaal community.

016FM’s star-studded cast also includes legendary actors Nthati Moshesh, Sophie Ndaba and Sello Motloung. The show will also star actors Katlego Mabote, Mapula Molefe, Noni Mafani, Mapaseka Koetle and Caddy Tsotetsi.