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Shaka iLembe’s glam premiere celebrates the epic African series

14 June 2023
South Africa’s A-listers came out in their Africa couture fit for royalty.
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The stars of the highly anticipated Shaka iLembe were out in full force at the glamourous, African inspired premiere of the prime-time, ensemble drama. With the series launching on Mzansi Magic at 20:00 on Sunday June 18, the event to celebrate its arrival attracted a galaxy of South Africa’s biggest names.

Chief among these was the show’s cast led by superstar actress and executive producer Nomzamo Mbatha, and young star Ntando Zondi.  Joining them was Dawn Thandeka King, Hope Mbhele and Sthandiwe Kgoroge along with Lemogang Tsipa, Mondli Makhoba, Senzo Radebe, Thembinkosi Mthembu, Wiseman Mncube, and Mduduzi Mabaso.

Befitting the scale of the production, the largest series ever created by MultiChoice, the premiere event was a dazzling night. From the décor that transformed the MonteCasino cinema complex into a showcase of Nguni culture to the stylish line-up of celebrity guests walking the Black Carpet, this was one of the entertainment highlights of the year.

Key to the festivities was a special pre-screening of episode 1 of Shaka iLembe, which was introduced by creative director Angus Gibson (Bomb Productions) and MultiChoice General Entertainment CEO Nomsa Philiso.  Speaking at the event, Philiso was passionate about the creation and intention of the series. 

“For decades MultiChoice has showcased the strength and skill of local filmmakers and Shaka iLembe represents the epitome of this investment. We are proud of this title and hope that our viewers will see that we worked to respect Nguni culture and traditions while delivering an entertaining series on an epic scale that truly befits the era of Kings and Queens it brings to life.”

Meanwhile, spotted at the event were Azania Mosaka, Sjava, Luthando 'BU' Mthembu, Nonkanyiso Conco, LaSizwe Dambuza, Baby Cele, Natasha Thahane, Ntando Duma, Robot Boii, Slindile Ndlovu, Thembi Seete, Sello Maake kaNcube and his wife Pearl, Letta Mbulu, Ringo Madlingozi, Natasha Thahane, Khanyi Mbau, Khaya Dladla, Blxckie, Zolisa Xaluva, Winnie Ntshaba, Ihhashi Elimhlophe, Linah Ngcobo, Ntombi Mzolo, Penny Lebyane and many more.  Other stars in attendance included iconic musician Mbuso Khoza, who performed songs from the series soundtrack, together with vocal powerhouse Ann Masina, and renowned South African visual artist Trevor Stuurman whose bespoke photographic installation provided an immersive experience for guests.

Now, with just days to go, get ready to tune in – Shaka iLembe launches on Sunday!

Find us on social media: Facebook (Mzansi Magic), Twitter (@Mzansimagic), Instagram (MzansiMagic), and TikTok (@mzansimagictv). Use the hashtag #ShakaiLembeMzansi. The show’s headline sponsor is Telkom. Associate sponsors are Grant’s Whisky and LottoStar, while tactical sponsors are Santam and Toyota SA.