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Shaka Ilembe

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Shaka iLembe receives rave reviews

29 June 2023
Here’s what the media had to say.
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After six years in the making, and what felt like six centuries waiting for it to start, Shaka iLembe is here! We’re living from Sunday to Sunday in anticipation of the next episode and we’re not alone.

More than 3.6 million viewers tuned into the show in South Africa during the first week, which is the most of any new drama in MultiChoice’s history.

The media has also kept their eyes glued to the screen and their fingers clacking on keyboards. Here’s what some of the country’s media outlets had to say about the first episode:

“As a TV vehicle, Shaka iLembe on Mzansi Magic embodies all of the hallmarks of prestige television – combining meticulous attention to detail in this expansive world-building exercise with earnest and immersive method acting, beautiful cinematography devouring the flowing scenery, and the incorporation of a play of shadows and action, pacey script and judicious editing.”

Read the full review here.

Shaka iLembe is a testament to the growing prowess of South African filmmaking. This ambitious production showcases the country’s ability to deliver high-quality content that can rival international standards. From its grand scale to its rich storytelling, this series aims to captivate audiences both locally and globally.”

Read the full review here.

“Talk about goosebumps. That’s what I felt when I watched the first episode of Mzansi Magic’s hugely-anticipated historical drama, Shaka iLembe."

Read the full review here.

What do you think of Shaka iLembe so far? Share your thoughts using #ShakaiLembeMzansi.

Find us on social media: Facebook (Mzansi Magic), Twitter (@Mzansimagic), Instagram (MzansiMagic), and TikTok (@mzansimagictv). Use the hashtag #ShakaiLembeMzansi. Watch it on Sundays on Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161 and the repeat on Fridays at 21:30.

Shaka iLembe’s headline sponsor is Telkom. Associate sponsors are Grant’s Whisky and LottoStar, while tactical sponsors are Santam and Toyota SA.