Admire Kuzhangaira, popularly known as Bhutisi, is a multi-talented Zimbabwean entertainer renowned for his roles in comedy, acting, and filmmaking. His journey in the entertainment industry has been marked by success and notable contributions.
The Loss of Mai Sorobhi
In a tragic turn of events, veteran actress Rhoda Mtembe, who portrayed the beloved Mai Sorobhi in the iconic Paraffin drama series, passed away in September 2022. The news, confirmed by her grandson Admire ‘Bhutisi’ Kuzhangaira, revealed that Mai Sorobhi succumbed to a stroke at the age of 79. A true veteran, Mai Sorobhi had been a household name since the 1990s, leaving an indelible mark on Zimbabwean television.
Unexpected Entry into Internet Comedy
Admire’s foray into internet comedy was unplanned. Connecting with former classmates Lucky Aaroni and Rolland Lunga, creators of the comedy show “P.O. Box,” he expressed interest and seamlessly became a part of the team. This collaboration later evolved into “Bustop TV,” where the character “Bhutisi” was born.
Acting Career and Breakthrough
Kuzhangaira, a graduate of Chemhondoro High School in Murehwa, pursued his passion for film by training at the Zimbabwe Film and Television School of Southern Africa. His breakthrough came in 2014 when he, alongside co-actor Boss Kheda, created the popular video “Boys dzeTonaz aka Hatiuye Ikoko.” This comedic portrayal of Zimbabweans abroad gained widespread acclaim for its humour and insightful commentary on the challenges faced by the diaspora.
- “Boys dzeTonaz aka Hatiuye Ikoko”
- “Mubhanditi Bhutisi”
- “Chaunoda chii”
Cancelled Show in Cape Town
In 2017, Bhutisi faced a setback when a scheduled performance in Cape Town alongside Guspy Warrior and King Shaddy was canceled due to poor turnout, attributed to weak marketing. Rumours circulated on social media about Bhutisi being stranded, but he later clarified that he had a positive experience in Cape Town despite the show’s cancellation.
Awards and Recognition
At the NAMA 2019 Film and Television Awards, Admire Kuzhangaira received the Outstanding Actor award. He also earned a Special Mention for his contributions, acknowledged even in compilations released posthumously.
Latest Feature: “Aah hakuna Officer vakadai” Ft Bhutisi
Admire Kuzhangaira continues to captivate audiences with his latest feature, “Aah hakuna Officer vakadai,” showcasing his comedic prowess and staying true to his unique style.