Nine-year-old rising star |Melody Nosipho Niemann


Nine-year-old Melody Nosipho Niemann, who is originally from Pietermaritzburg, is currently appearing on the big screen. She plays JoJo in the Vancouver-made box office smash, Sonic the Hedgehog. The movie tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic (a cartoon character voiced by Ben Schwartz) and his new best friend, Tom Wachowski, team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination

Melody, who now lives with her mother, Maju Dladla, a founding member of the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, her father, Juergen Niemann, and her brother, Nhlakanipho, in Canada, describes the movie as really funny. When it came time to study for her part in the Sonic The Hedgehog movie, she had to get back to the basics: “Before I got the part I used to play Minecraft, NomNoms, and Pokeball,” she says. “It was my dad who told me about Sonic. I thought it was cool and then I downloaded it: it was very fun!”

I really didn’t know what the movie would turn out to be, but I knew people, especially kids, would love it because Sonic is in it. James, Tika [Sumpter, who plays Maddie Wachowski] and Natasha [Rothwell, who stars as Rachel] were so much fun to shoot with. They played games with me during takes.” she said


By: Bradley Brizzy @Bradley_Brizzy

courtesy of Pulse