Lesley Musina's return to TV this past Sunday on Mzansi Magic drama series Omen has already earned him his lost popularity once again.
“Although I have had other small roles. I truly missed being on a drama series that unfolds as the weeks go by,” he tells Drum.
“I missed the journey of portraying someone else’s life and having viewers intrigued,” he said.
In the latest Mzansi Magic drama-series, Omen, Lesley portrays a top notch lawyer Mogale Kgorompi who is faced with a tough decision on whether to remain a family man or give in to his calling to take over as chief after his father is killed by a witch back home in his village.
“Mogale was raised by his uncle and never had a relationship with his parents. When his father dies, his mom comes to look for him to return home and take over,” he explained .
“I don’t want to spoil it for you. But he is caught in the middle and during this indecision, many things unfold,” he added.
After having seen only one episode, viewers and social media followers expressed their reservations over storylines related to witchcraft.
“This is not your regular witchcraft storyline,” said Lesley.
“This story portrays and educates people on how back in the day witchcraft was used positively but because of greed people started using it to harm others.
He went on; “And it also kills the ‘African stereotype' that witches travel on brooms and loaves of break.”
Born and raised into a Christian family, Lesley said he has seen people who have confessed to being witches or to being bewitched.
“It’s real, I’ve seen many things in church. But it doesn’t affect me and it doesn’t affect many people. But I do believe it’s real,” said the actor.
Lesley added that ‘Omen’ will have people talking and lead them into self introspection as they evaluate their own spirituality as he did while working on building his character.
“While shooting, I was challenged to look at my spirituality. I took time off to even visit my grandmother in Botswana and my great grandfather and really connect with my family and my spirituality. People should really look out for the twists and turns in the series,” he encouraged.
‘Omen’ plays on DSTV channel 169 Sundays at 20:00.
Lesley has acted in a number of television series including Generations, eKasi: Our Stories, Tshisa, Entabeni, Intersexions and After 9.
Lesley also hosted the 26-part SABC2 reality series Mind the Gap in 2009, designed as the ultimate guide to making the most of a Gap Year experience.
As a voice artist he voiced the lead role for the SABC2 animated series Adventures at the Waterhole and has voiced commercials for clients including SENTEC, Phila Immune Booster, Hollard Legal, RLW TV and the ANC centenary celebrations, in 2012.
He went on to star on SABC2 soapie Muvhango, in the role of Ndalamo Mukwevho, replacing Mutodi Neshehe in the role. The role was written out of the soapie in 2017.