SHAKA ILEMBE IS READY TO HIT GLOBAL SCREENS!

Johannesburg, June 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MultiChoice Group, the largest producer of original content on the African continent, is set to debut SHAKA ILEMBE, its biggest ever primetime-drama series. Created by the award-winning South African Emmy and Oscar nominated team at Bomb Productions, with global star Nomzamo Mbatha taking on double billing as lead […]

Johannesburg, June 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —
  • MultiChoice Group, the largest producer of original content on the African continent, is set to debut SHAKA ILEMBE, its biggest ever primetime-drama series.
  • Created by the award-winning South African Emmy and Oscar nominated team at Bomb Productions, with global star Nomzamo Mbatha taking on double billing as lead actress and Executive Producer.

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed MultiChoice Group is about to debut it’s biggest ever prime-time drama series, Shaka Ilembe, an epic 12-part tale that follows the origins story of the legendary African monarch and military strategist, King Shaka. Six years in the making, the highly anticipated series boasts the talents of some of South Africa’s biggest stars, including Coming 2 America lead actress Nomzamo Mbatha.

With the epic series launching across sub-Saharan Africa on MultiChoice’s video entertainment service DStv this June, Shaka Ilembe is already attracting significant interest outside of the continent. MultiChoice Studios, the busy sales and distribution arm of the sub-Saharan business, is hard at work introducing the title to international buyers at film markets from Cannes to Los Angeles, building on a growing MultiChoice slate of original production exports including the Emmy nominated Reyka and the Deon Meyer penned Trackers.

For Nomsa Philiso, CEO of MultiChoice General Entertainment, Shaka Ilembe offers audiences worldwide the opportunity to immerse into a rich dynastic African story, set in the 1700’s.

“We are confident that this series will travel. It speaks, not only the heritage of the Zulu Nation, but to the fascination that the world has always had with King Shaka. It speaks to Africans owning the stories that their ancestors lived. And it celebrates that, long before colonialism, beyond the pages of history, there was a majestic ancient era of African Kings and Queens, warriors, healers, and leaders who lived, loved, ruled, battled, and above all, entrenched a legacy and culture that endures even today. Further, the series was filmed in isiZulu so it carries a distinct language identity, but it will be sub-titled in multiple languages so audiences from across the globe can enjoy it.”

Central to the Shaka Ilembe story is actress Nomzamo Mbatha, who balances her Executive Producer responsibilities with fulfilling a life-long ambition to play King Shaka’s beloved mother, Queen Nandi.

Speaking to her dual roles on Shaka Ilembe, Mbatha says, “This series is rich in depth, and was shot in 4K on a tremendous scale that fuels the narrative. From the fierce battlefield choreography and the meticulous accuracy of the wardrobe to the resonance of the script, it’s remarkable. And while this is a fictional story, it’s inspired by real events, people, and places. Already, ahead of our domestic launch audiences at home are very supportive because, they know like I do, that TV series like Shaka Ilembe transcends entertainment, and delivers representation, diversity, and progress.”

Mbatha leads off a top-flight ensemble cast featuring some of the country’s most charismatic leading men – Lemogang Tsipa, Senzo Radebe, Wiseman Mncube, Thembinkosi Mthembu and Mondli Makhoba alongside powerful character actresses Khabonina Qubeka, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Dawn Thandeka King and rising star Hope Mbhele. Meanwhile, playing the boy destined to be King, is gifted young newcomer Ntando Zondi whose prodigious talent was unearthed during the filming of the series.

Filmed in South Africa, SHAKA ILEMBE features much of the country’s magnificent wildlife and scenery, including the mountains, savanna, and coastline of the lushly beautiful province of KwaZulu Natal, home to the majority of South Africa’s Zulu people. Key filming locations here included the towns of Eshowe, Nkandla Forest, Port Edward, Drakensburg, Mooi River and Zulu Falls.

Meanwhile other parts of the series were shot on a purpose-built backlot near the UNESCO World Heritage Site “The Cradle of Humankind” where Emmy and Academy nominated showrunners Bomb Productions hosted the King of the Zulu Nation, His Excellency Misuzulu kaZwelithini, during a special visit to the set for the Royal to see first-hand the level of detail and care that was employed to ensure that the authenticity of the set.

For Mauro Black, MultiChoice Studios Content, Sales, and Distributions Director, it is this credibility of intention and execution that makes SHAKA ILEMBE a powerful cultural export.

“International buyers are discerning about what they will bring their local audiences from the global TV marketplace. So, from inception, SHAKA ILEMBE was crafted to weld an immense depth of oral, written and illustrated Zulu history into the framework of a highly watchable prime-time drama. The result is a deeply meaningful but profoundly enjoyable title that should win fans in markets as diverse as Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.”

With over 8000 people contributing their skills to create Shaka Ilembe, the series has already won the support of five of South Africa’s biggest brands (Telkom, LottoStar, Grant’s Whisky, Toyota SA and Santam) who all signed on as commercial partners within days of seeing an extended preview of the series.  In addition, it’s Academy Award and BAFTA nominated Creative Director Angus Gibson and Sundance winning Executive Producer Desiree Markgraaff have drawn from the best of South Africa’s talent, including acclaimed Zulu musician Mbuso Khoza whose skill and vision drives the series soundtrack.

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Pakistani PM To Attend Inauguration Of Turkish President

Pakistani Prime Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, will attend the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara, tomorrow, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said, yesterday.The prime minister would convey warm felicitations on behalf of…

Pakistani Prime Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, will attend the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara, tomorrow, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said, yesterday.

The prime minister would convey warm felicitations on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan, to the Turkish president, on his recent re-election, the ministry said in a statement.

Sharif’s visit would be a reaffirmation of the deep-rooted fraternal ties between Pakistan and Türkiye, said the ministry.

The Pakistan-Türkiye relationship is deeply embedded in commonalities of faith, culture and history, and strengthened by mutual trust and convergence of views on regional and global matters, it added.

Frequent leadership-level exchanges are a defining feature of the eternal bonds of friendship between the two countries, according to the statement

Source: Nam News Network

Security forces kill two terrorists in North Waziristan

Two terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Dossali, North Waziristan.According to ISPR, Pak Army troops effectively engaged the terrorists’ location and sealed all possible escape routes.Weapons and ammunition were also …

Two terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Dossali, North Waziristan.

According to ISPR, Pak Army troops effectively engaged the terrorists' location and sealed all possible escape routes.

Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the killed terrorists who remained actively involved in terrorist activities against security forces and killing of innocent citizens.

Sanitization of the area is underway to eliminate any terrorists found in the area.

Locals of the area appreciated the operation and expressed their full support to eliminate the menace of terrorism.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan, Georgia sign MoU to formalize Bilateral Political Consultations

Pakistan and Georgia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize Bilateral Political Consultations.Foreign Secretary Asad Majid Khan and his Georgian counterpart signed the MoU after delegation level inaugrual round of talks between the two…

Pakistan and Georgia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize Bilateral Political Consultations.

Foreign Secretary Asad Majid Khan and his Georgian counterpart signed the MoU after delegation level inaugrual round of talks between the two countreis at Tblisi.

They also agreed to enhance cooperation in trade, education, tourism and agriculture.

The Foreign Secretary also held separate meetings with Georgian Deputy Ministers of Justice and Economy to discuss matters of mutual interest.

Both sides agreed to continue the conversations to further advance bilateral agenda.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Beijing: Lin Songtian conferred upon with Sitara e Pakistan

On behalf of the President Arif Alvi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque conferred Pakistan’s civil award “Sitar-e-Pakistan” upon the President of Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Lin Songtian, in a special …

On behalf of the President Arif Alvi, Pakistan's Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque conferred Pakistan's civil award "Sitar-e-Pakistan" upon the President of Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Lin Songtian, in a special investiture ceremony at Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing on Friday.

Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Moin ul Haque paid tributes to President Lin Songtian for his endeavors for strengthening China-Pakistan friendship.

In his remarks, Lin Songtian expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan for the conferment of civil award.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Imam-ul-Haq’s Trademark Pull Shot is Now Part of Matric Syllabus

The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) has included the pull shot of the opening batter, Imam-ul-Haq, as an example of force and energy in 9th-grade physics.A renowned sports journalist has pointed out that the PCTB has mentioned the trademar…

The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) has included the pull shot of the opening batter, Imam-ul-Haq, as an example of force and energy in 9th-grade physics.

A renowned sports journalist has pointed out that the PCTB has mentioned the trademark pull shot of the left-hander in chapter three of ‘Force and Motion.

Imam is regarded as an integral part of the national team for ODI and Test cricket and has been displaying phenomenal performance in both formats for years.

Earlier this month, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq joined Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan on the list of highest hundred-run partnerships for Pakistan in ODI cricket.

Last year, Imam became the fastest batter to smash nine ODI hundreds, surpassing the legendary South African batter, Hashim Amla, in the historic series against Australia.

It is worth noting that the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) has also included a question regarding Babar Azam’s elegant cover drive in the syllabus.

Earlier this year, Babar Azam was honored in India, where an Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) book for eighth-graders featured the 28-year-old batter.

The book includes a question: “Cricket is the most loved game in India, and the cricketers are celebrities. Do you know the nicknames of your favorite cricketers?”

Source: Pro Pakistani

Azam Nazeer terms Bar Councils integral part of country’s legal justice system

Law Minister Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar has termed Bar Councils an integral part of the country’s legal justice system.He was talking to a delegation of lawyers from the Punjab Bar Council that called on him in Islamabad on Friday.The delegation, led b…

Law Minister Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar has termed Bar Councils an integral part of the country's legal justice system.

He was talking to a delegation of lawyers from the Punjab Bar Council that called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

The delegation, led by Vice Chairman of Punjab Bar Council Basharat Ullah Khan discussed issues of mutual interest.

The minister said it was important to have a liaison between government and bars.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Steve Smith Warns Australian Team Against 2 Pakistani Superstars for Next Series

Former Australian captain, Steve Smith, has issued a warning to his team regarding Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi ahead of the Test series scheduled in Australia this year.Speaking to the media, Steve Smith said that the all-format captain is a wonderf…

Former Australian captain, Steve Smith, has issued a warning to his team regarding Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi ahead of the Test series scheduled in Australia this year.

Speaking to the media, Steve Smith said that the all-format captain is a wonderful batter in modern-day cricket, given the way he has been playing the game for the last few years.

“Babar Azam is someone we have to look out for. He is dangerous, he makes big scores, and he usually does it at a pretty good pace as well,” Smith said.

Speaking about the abilities of Shaheen Afridi, Smith said that the left-arm pacer played for the national team when they visited last time, and since then he has improved his skills.

The right-handed batter further added that the 22-year-old fast bowler has the ability to swing the ball, and he becomes even more dangerous when it comes to the new ball.

“The ability to swing it back is obviously a big key for him. Shaheen Shah Afridi is certainly one we will have to look out for this year,” Steve Smith added.

It is worth noting that the Babar Azam-led side will visit Australia for the red-ball series after the ODI World Cup 2023 in India, where they will play three Test matches.

As per the schedule, the Australian summer will commence at the Optus Stadium in Perth and then move on to the next two traditional holiday Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

Source: Pro Pakistani