September 21, 2023

The 12-part series is a fictional adaptation of the historic story of the famous Zulu King.

By Helena Olori

South African historic drama series, Shaka iLembe, is set to launch on Mzansi Magic on Sunday June 18, 2023. The series is Mzansi Magic’s biggest production since inception, and is fully funded by the MultiChoice Group as part of their expansive local content slate.

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Speaking to commercial partners at a joint press conference, Fahmeeda Cassim-Surtee, CEO, DStv Media Sales said “Shaka iLembe represents the best of African storytelling. It was created for a local market, but it is also, most certainly, a global television property.”

“We are so excited for our audiences to see Shaka iLembe, and embrace this world of Kings, Queens, prophets, warriors, strategists, and lovers. …it is a polished and compelling drama series filled with  conflict, action, romance, betrayal, sacrifice, struggle, triumph, and loss,” added Nomsa Philiso of MultiChoice General Entertainment.

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The much anticipated 12-part series is a fictional adaptation of the historic story of the famous Zulu King and pivotal events that influenced his remarkable life, with deliberate production efforts from the team to showcase the authentic Nguni culture. The serial drama was also filmed using advanced visual effects in 4K to accurately portray the Zulu, Elangeni, Hlubi, Mthethwa and Ndwandwe clans.

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Directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Angus Gibson, Shaka iLembe stars South African top talents including Coming 2 America actress, Nomzamo Mbatha; Lemogang Tsipa, Senzo Radebe, Thembinkosi Mthembu, Wiseman Mncube, Khabonina Qubeka, Dawn Thandeka King, Hope Mbhele, Mondli Makhoba, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, and introduces Ntando Zondi.

Shaka iLembe is produced by Nomzamo Mbatha, Nhlanhla Mtaka, and Desiree Markgraaff.

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