May 20, 2024

Nomzamo Mbatha to executive produce and lead Shaka Ilembe


Nomzamo Mbatha is set to be the executive producer and cast as lead actress in a local drama series, Shaka Ilembe about the infamous Zulu King.

The series, Shaka Ilembe is currently being filmed in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. It is set to air in 2023, Bomb productions which created Isibaya, The Road and House of Zwide is producing the series for MultiChoice.

Set in the 1700s, Shaka Ilembe tells the story of the making of the Iconic African, Sgidi kaSenzangakhona who was commonly known as Shaka with iterations from his early childhood through to adulthood. The two key actors playing Shaka are Lemogang Tsipa (adult king) and newcomer Ntando Zondi (young king).

The star-studded cast is headlined by Nomzamo Mbatha, who plays Queen Nandi, the revered mother of Shaka with Thembinkosi Mthembu starring as King Dingiswayo and Wiseman Mncube in the role of King Zwide.

Speaking about her role, Mbatha said she is 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!,” Mbatha said. 

The production has been 6 years in the making, consulting historians, academics and family descendants, including the late King Goodwill Zwelithinii and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.