With DSTV’s premiere of the Shaka iLembe series set to hit South African homes and the world at large, Mzansi magics is set to wow its viewers and keep them glued to their screens on Sunday nights.
The king shaka film is one of the most controversial stories ever depicted and is by far the most anticipated production of this decade.
Shaka ilembe is the story of the making of a great African king who is a Legendary African Warrior and Conqueror. The series features incredible actors including Nomzamo Mbatha who plays Queen Nandi the revered mother of Shaka, with Thembinkosi Mthembu starring as King Dingiswayo and Wiseman Mncube (from the hit Showmax series “The Wife”) in the role of King Zwide.
Talented actress, Nomzamo is central to the story and is also an executive producer who fulfilled a life-long ambition to play King Shaka’s beloved mother, Queen Nandi.
Speaking about her dual roles on Shaka Ilembe, Mbatha says, “This series is rich in depth, and was shot in 4K on a tremendous scale that fuels the narrative. From the fierce battlefield choreography and the meticulous accuracy of the wardrobe to the resonance of the script, it’s remarkable. News24 reported.
CEO of MultiChoice General Entertainment, Nomsa Philiso said that the Shaka Ilembe series offers audiences worldwide the opportunity to immerse into a rich dynastic African story, set in the 1700’s. “It speaks, not only the heritage of the Zulu Nation, but to the fascination that the world has always had with King Shaka. It speaks to Africans owning the stories that their ancestors lived. And it celebrates that, long before colonialism, beyond the pages of history, there was a majestic ancient era of African Kings and Queens, warriors, healers, and leaders who lived, loved, ruled, battled, and above all, entrenched a legacy and culture that endures even today. Further, the series was filmed in isiZulu so it carries a distinct language identity, but it will be sub-titled in multiple languages so audiences from across the globe can enjoy it.”- she added.
SHAKA ILEMBE was filmed in South Africa, it features much of the country’s magnificent wildlife and scenery, including the mountains, savanna, and the beautiful province of KwaZulu Natal, home to the majority of South Africa’s Zulu people. Key filming locations here included the towns of Eshowe, Nkandla Forest, Port Edward, Drakensburg, Mooi River and Zulu Falls.
DSTV and Bomb productions celebrated with a special screening of the first episode of Shaka Ilemebe at Monte Casino on Tuesday the 13th of June, with Mzansi’s celebrities dressed and dripped in African couture to join in the festivities. The event features some of the best south African personalities which included the entire cast and likes of Kanyi Mbau, Blxckie, Ayanda “MaNgubane” Borotho, Sjava, Lasizwe, and more.
The show is coming to Mzansi Magic on 18 June at 20:00, and is set to wow DSTV views. Here is Everything you need to know about the epic historical drama.