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Fumani N Shilubana

Full / Real Name: Fumani Nkateko Shilubana
Born: 22 March 1980 (44 years old)
Gender: Male

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Fumani N Shilubana is a South African actor best known for his role as Detective Dabula on the SABC3 soapie Isidingo.

He was previously known for his roles as Detective Nataniel in the SABC2 drama series Hillside (2006-2008) and for his role as Dr. Mokhethi on the SABC1 soapie Generations, from 2008-2009.

Shilubana was born at Shiluvana Village in Tzaneen, Limpopo. In 2000 he nearly became a model, but he left it all together when he went to the South African State Theatre to enquire about drama, where he met Irene Mathe. He obtained a Certificate in Speech and Drama with Tshwana Modern Arts Company (TMAC) in 2001.

In 2002 he joined The South African State Theatre's Development Program (52 Seasons) where he meet his mentor and friend playwright/director Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, who taught Fumani all he knows. He did his first professional play in 2003 (Julius Caesar and Maru as a school set work).

He went on to do a number of productions with the State Theatre including Hamlet, Cards, Relativity "township stories", Telling Stories, Interracial and the first installment of the trilogy Welcome to Rocksburg, in 2009.

Some of the plays toured Europe countries like Austria, Belgium, Germany, UK, Poland, Holland and South Africa. Fumani was nominated for Best Supporting Role for the play Relativity "township stories" at the Naledi Awards in 2006.

In the same year he starred in a number of TV productions including Hillside (SABC2) and Soul City (SABC1). He also appeared in Death of a Queen (a mini-series that was part of SABC1's Shakespeare in Mzansi strand), Generations (SABC1) and Muvhango (SABC2).

He also appeared in television commercials for Sun International, Hollard Insurance and Hyundai. In 2009 he was a recipient of the Mama Beka Community Award given to individuals who have made their Province better with their achievement.

He was the founder of Xitengile Media House, a production company.

In 2010, Fumani appeared in the e.tv drama series eKasi: Our Stories, in the episode entitled "Foreign Husband". In 2011 he appeared in the episode "Over My Dead Body".

In 2012 he featured in his first film role in the movie Zama Zama.

He also had a starring role as Mountain, the incompetent caretaker at the retirement home who is an accident waiting to happen, in the SABC3 sitcom Let Heaven Wait, in 2013.

In the same year he had a starring role in the Mzansi Magic miniseries Naledi and in 2014 had a starring role as Rudzani Makwarela, a successful building contractor whose crooked dealings leave his family fighting for survival as he lies in a coma, in the SABC2 thriller series Thola.

Shilubana also appeared in four Mzansi Magic Lokshin Bioskop films as the leading man: Regrets (2014), Cursed (2015), Love Specialist (2015) and Battle Of The House (2015). He also had a supporting role in the miniseries Naledi, in 2014.

In 2015 Shilubana produced and directed his first film, Khomelela, in which 80% of the language spoken is Tsonga. The project was designed to leave a legacy in the Tsonga movie space.

In the same year he guest starred on the third and final season of the Mzansi Magic soapie Zabalaza, and on the channel's comedy series The Mayor, created by Kagiso Lediga.

In 2020 Fumani produced and directed Mafanato for Ritevac TV, a 100% black-owned streaming service; and Showmax.

Shilubana is also the co-owner of Xiculu Multimedia and a creative director and shareholder of Shiluva Film Studios – both production companies.

In 2021, through Xiculu Multimedia, he created, produced and directed a docu-reality series called Timbita Ta Le Vuxeni - a food show about how Vatsonga cooked food before western influence.

He is also the co-host of a podcast called "Being Tsonga in SA", also produced by Xiculu Multimedia.
 


Television Roles

Show

Character

Detective Maswanganyi (as Fumani Shilubane)

Tsaroga

Emmanuel

The Mayor

Dr. Mokhethi

Vukosi Moyo

Vukosi Moyo

Vukosi Moyo

Ezekiel Mokgopa (as Fumani N Shilubana)

Det. Nataniel Seboko

Det. Nataniel Seboko

Doctor

Detective Dabula

Mr Mboweni (as Fumani Shilubani)

Mountain

Advocate Molale

Chief

Lebohang

Zwelethu

Nduku (as Fumani Shilubana)

Ndumiso Mthunzi

Dumisani

Lead Investor (as Fumani Shiluba)

Rudzani Makwarela

D.O.P. / Official

Vinnie


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