This week’s Cool Kid on the Wits block is triple threat Sandile ‘Pistol’ Mazibuko. 

Pistol leaps into the air.                                                             Photo: Onke Ngcuka

Dynamite comes in small packages and this week’s Cool Kid on the Wits block, Sandile ‘Pistol’ Mazibuko, is no different.

The fourth-year BA Dramatic Arts student is a triple threat: actor, musician and dancer.Pistol, which means highly energetic, is Mazibuko’s stage name, which came about three years ago when he was looking for a name that represented his approach to art.

“The name Pistol also gives me motivation because I come in a small package but when it’s time to perform, that’s when I go in hard,” Pistol said.

His inspiration to pursue the dramatic arts started in high school where he was involved in a play. He has channeled his energy into the art ever since.
Appearing on SABC 3’s Isidingo in 2017 is one of the highlights of Pistol’s acting career.

The release of his mixtape 433 on March 29 is the latest offering in his music career. The mixtape explores a number of different topics, including the challenges that graduates may face post graduation.
“I’m a storyteller,” Pistol said. “There’s a formation, a strategy to [what I do] to help me win. How do I tell my story in the best formation?”

Pistol has appeared in dance productions such as Breathe and Sleep, directed by Grace Barnes, which were showcased at the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni last year.
He told Wits Vuvuzela, “Breathe challenged me as a performer to go somewhere I never thought I’d go as a dancer. I found a connection with the movements and I wasn’t just dancing for the sake of dancing.”

He is excited to be dancing in a production called Vuselela which will be travelling to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June this year.