ACTOR and producer Zola Hashatsi has opened up about his ancestral calling.

Zola, better known as Shakes on’s Rhythm City, has confirmed to Daily Sun that he is a sangoma.

“Yes, I am a sangoma, not ithwasa kodwa igedla. I am here to heal, nothing more, nothing less.”

He said the calling had always been there.

“I think after my great-grandmother died in 2009, she became my ancestor and was always protecting me from evil things.

“I should have listened to the call in 2009 but I did not understand it. I had to jump over hurdles while being on many TV shows.”

Zola said his spiritual journey started last year when he turned 30.

“I started embracing it more and more. I was honestly not surprised. I was always that special kid at home who was into school, home and church. This means I am the son of the highest powers. I still believe in the Lord, but I am a child of the soil.”

When asked how people reacted to news of his calling, he said most were not surprised.

“The majority said they had always known I was different to them. The minority were taken back.

“I’ve learned to be in the moment, to be at peace. I dream more, I see more beyond the flesh and I appreciate our ancestors more.”