FORMER Rhythm City actress Samkelo Ndlovu has taken a break from acting to do music.

And Samu, the name she now goes by, will release her debut single Into Yam on Christmas Day.

Speaking about her decision to put acting on hold, Samu said she needed to sacrifice acting.

“I learnt in my 13 years of being in the television industry that acting will take all of your time,” she said.

“I found it impossible to split my time, so I felt I needed to make the sacrifice in order to take a real plunge.”

Samku said she’s always been a musician, but hadn’t really given it time.

“I’ve always been a musician. I’ve spent the last 13 years practising my acting and it has been long overdue for me to get into music. So you can say I’m a singing actress,” she said.

Samu calls her upcoming EP an experimental project.

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“It is a celebration of women and their sexuality. It’s an exploration of the liberation of women’s sexual identity and prowess. It is experimental because it has six different genres, namely jazz, R&B, ballads, amapiano, trap soul and gqom.

“I did this to stretch myself the farthest before I make my album so that I can get my message across to different women who’d relate to my subject matter through a preferred genre.”

Samu said she didn’t know how long her break from acting would be, but she’d still be behind the scenes.

“When I went to film school, I studied directing and writing for film and television. So me being behind the scenes is only natural.

“People can expect to find me directing or writing some of Mzansi’s popular shows and films in future.

“I’m excited about this new journey and so are my fans who have supported me all these years. This is what I am now, a musician. I am Samu for now, because Samkelo Ndlovu is an actress.”