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MultiChoice and Bomb Productions, announced that the production of the epic drama series, Chaka Ilembestarted and is currently running in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, providing employment for over 8,000 people.

Set in the 1700s, Chaka Ilembe tells the story of the creation of the iconic African king, with iterations from his infancy through adulthood. The two key players playing Shaka are the incredibly talented Lemongang Tsipa (adult king) and newcomer Ntando Zondi (boy king). The star-studded cast is headlined by Amazon Coming 2 America star Nomzamo Mbatha, who plays Queen Nandi, Shaka’s revered mother, with Thembinkosi Mthembu as King Dingiswayo and Wiseman Mncube as King Zwide. Mbatha will also produce the series.

“Being able to bring this important story to the screen with such stellar talent is at the heart of MultiChoice’s continued commitment and investment in our local entertainment industry. We are committed to telling great African stories and c is a proudly African series told through the lens of Africans for the very first time,” said Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment & Connected Video at MultiChoice.

“I am honored to bring the giant that is Queen Nandi to life. History will remember those who informed her people of where we come from, to better understand who we are. a project much bigger than us and to tell this story in our own language. impi iyeza!” expressed Mbatha.

“It’s a cast with deep talent,” added Angus Gibson, Creative Director at Bomb Productions. “It’s magical to watch these performers bring to life characters we only know from the history books. When the actors arrive on set, fully dressed in period wardrobes and hairstyles , I am blown away.

The production took six years, consulting with historians, scholars and descendants of the family, including the late King Goodwill Zwelithini and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. “It’s our rendezvous with history; we want to capture the authenticity and deepen the understanding of this era,” explained Nhlanhla Mtaka, a director and cultural adviser.

Finding a balance between historical authenticity and drama is crucial to the plot. “We want people to learn more about our history and our culture, but we also want to keep viewers glued to the anticipation. This drama seeks to uncover story nuggets, but creates a narrative in the gaps by putting well-known characters alongside fictional characters in order to move the story forward,” Phahle continued.

MultiChoice is the largest funder of local content in Africa – producing content in local languages ​​with local actors and telling stories that resonate culturally. This production is the result of multiple successful co-productions such as Trackers, reyka and more recently Love and Murder Recipes. The quality of the group’s production and its continued partnership with international production companies enable global appeal and promote South African talent on the world stage.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of MultiChoice Group.

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