South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha revealed that she’ll be starring and executive producing the new Shaka Zulu series, Shaka Ilembe.
Set in the 1700s, Shaka Ilembe tells the story of the making of Shaka Zulu, with iterations from his early childhood through to his adulthood. The two key actors playing King Shaka are Lemongang Tsipa as the adult king and Ntando Zondi as the young Shaka.
Leading the cast is star Nomzamo Mbatha, who plays Queen Nandi, Shaka’s mother, with Thembinkosi Mthembu starring as King Dingiswayo and Wiseman Mncube as King Zwide.
Nomzamo feels honoured to bring the giant that is Queen Nandi to life.
“History will remember those who informed its people of where we come from, to better understand who we are. I am fortunate to be part of a project that is much bigger than ourselves and to tell this story in our own language. Impi iyeza!” said Nomzamo.
According to Multichoice, the production has been six years in the making, consulting historians, academics, and family descendants, including the late King Goodwill Zwelithini and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.