Ayanda Daweti is a 32-year-old South African actor, musician and fashion designer. He is professionally known as Tuckshop Bafanaz and is also popularly known for portraying Chumani Langa on e.tv soapie Scandal. He founded a fashion brand called Tuckshop Wear which makes various kinds of colourful and fun street style clothes.
Full name: Ayanda Daweti
Stage names: Tuckshop Bafanaz
Date of birth: 1990 (age- 32)
Place of birth: Tsolo, Eastern Cape Province
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Actor, Musician, Fashion Designer
TV Shows: Scandal, Blood Psalms
Years Active: 2009 to present
Parents: Nomalizo Daweti (mother)
Early life of Ayanda Daweti
Ayanda Daweti was born in 1990 in a small urban township of Mdantsane in the East London, Eastern Cape province in South Africa. He was raised in Tsolo and when he was 13, his mother, Nomalizo Daweti, died in her sleep from heart complications. This changed Daweti’s childhood and life from then onward as he had to fully appreciate the people in his life.
He left Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape after his mother’s death to live with his aunt Stella Sondaba and grandma Nomonde Sondaba in Mhlakulo, in a small town of Tsolo. His aunt and grandmother raised him to become the strong man he is today. [ ¹]
Education of Ayanda Daweti
After finishing his matric, Ayanda moved from Johannesburg where he stayed to Cape Town to study IT. After that he went on to enrol at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria to study Arts.
Acting career of Ayanda Daweti
Ayanda made his television debut in 2009 and has appeared on numerous television serials such as Scandal, Rhythm City and many others. He came to prominence when he made his debut on e.tv long-time running soapie Scandal playing Chumani, Boniswa Langa (Lusanda Mbane) and Siseko Langa’s (by Hlomla Dandala) son. In the soapie, he plays as a character that is younger than his actual age alongside Sive Mabuya as Xolile Langa, Chumani’s sister. [ ²]
In March 2022, he joins the cast of Gomora as Sizwe, a young and ambitious car wash entrepreneur and the restrained lover of Gugu, played by Velile Makhoba. He first appeared on Gomora screens while accompanying his lover to Phumlani and Thathi’s home.[ ⁵]
Films where Ayanda Daweti appeared
In 2016 he landed a role on a film called Okae Molao? In 2018 he won the Golden Horn award for the Best Made for TV Movie at the South African Film and Television Award for the his film Okae Molao. Then in 2020 he landed a role on international film series called Blood Psalms. [ ³]
Music career of Ayanda Daweti
Ayanda is also a musician who performs under the stage name ‘Tuckshop Bafanaz.’ He began making music in honour of his aunt, releasing a six-track first EP. He released an album devoted to his mother in 2019. From 2007 until her death in a horrific vehicle accident in 2010, he dated a girl named Xola. He later dedicated the song ‘Xola’ in her honour. [ ⁴]
- Tuckshop Bafanaz – AMADABI
- T Bafanaz x Laliboi
- Tuckshop Bafanaz feature Halo Yagami -Xola
- Ayanda as Tuckshop Bafanaz ft Uncuthu – The Firm – Stella
- T Bafanaz ft Halo Yagami – Xola
- Tuckshop Bafanaz – Interlude (Amawele)
- Tuckshop Bafanaz – Indaba Kamzala
- Iminyaka – Tuckshop Bafanaz
- Tuckshop B- Scoop Makhathini
Daweti is a Fashion designer
He has also ventured into fashion industry since 2018 and has got his own merchandise with hats, jackets, shirts and trousers. His clothing brand goes by the name, Tuckshop Wear, which took some time and a few mistakes to get off the ground. His clothing brand is a colourful and fun street style image which he believes suits all ages.
“It’s time we start empowering people and selling our African authenticity to the world,” he says.
Even though he is not a qualified fashion designer he believes he knows what makes good quality clothing items.
Social Media of Ayanda Tuckshop Bafanaz
Ayanda is on Facebook, Instagram and probably on Twitter. His Instagram account has about 85 thousand followers and posts most about his business and career life in acting and music. You can follow him @ayandadaweti_ on his twitter to stay updated.