Multiple choice (www.MultiChoice.com) and Bomb Productions are proud to announce 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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About the MultiChoice Group:
MultiChoice Group (MCG), which appears on the main board of the JSE on February 27, 2019, is one of the fastest growing video entertainment providers in the world, offering entertainment products and services to 21.1 million households in 50 countries on the African continent. Its 35+ year track record reflects its commitment to bringing audiences only the best local, sports and international content.
MCG’s strong partnerships with distributors, installers and telecommunications companies, along with its well-established payment solutions, competitive pricing and choice of viewing packages continue to secure its place in the global market, while providing solutions unique to the African market.
Its direct-to-home (DTH), digital terrestrial television (DTT) and over-the-top (OTT) solutions enable the company to stay relevant and aligned with changing consumer habits while conquering new markets. Content is at the very heart of the business. MCG aims to deliver quality content anywhere, anytime and on any device through a comprehensive offering of video entertainment at various price points. As pioneers of African video entertainment, MCG plays an important role in making information and entertainment easily accessible to Africans.
MCG aims to secure content rights cost-effectively in a way that reflects the diversity of its audiences. Its extensive content portfolio made available on the group’s platforms (DStv, GOtv and Showmax) includes award-winning local content (a key differentiator of its service offering), a world-class sports offering (with production capabilities) and access to international content.
MCG has superior technological capability thanks to the security solutions that Irdeto, its technology company, brings to the group. These solutions allow MultiChoice to protect its investment, create new offers and fight against cybercrime. With over 50 years of expertise in software security, Irdeto’s software security solutions and cyber services protect over 6 billion devices and applications for some of the best brands in the world.
About Bomb Productions:
The Bomb Shelter is a respected leading production company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. For over 21 years, Bomb has produced some of South Africa’s most iconic and groundbreaking television dramas. The cult youth series, Yizo Yizowas critically acclaimed and awarded worldwide, and screened at the Venice Film Festival – their hit show Isibaya broke audience records and won awards seven years in a row, including more than 30 SAFTA awards.
The team that runs Bomb is responsible for many acclaimed projects, including the Oscar-nominated Mandela, son of Africa, father of a nationas well as Granada Television’s flagship documentary series 7 Up South Africa, which was nominated for a BAFTA. They were also behind two-time Sundance winner Amandla, Four-Part Harmony Revolution as well as the hit pan-African drama Jacob’s Cross, which ran for eight seasons. Other projects include Ayeye, Area 14, The road, isithembiso, Zwide’s House and Sekali the Meokgo, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Lupita N’yongo starred in and co-directed the groundbreaking Bomb series Shuga (seasons 1 and 2).
Bomb has produced over 1,000 hours of TV drama and is currently in production with the epic historical drama Chaka Ilembe.
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