Shaka Zulu

Genres: Drama, Miniseries, Period Drama
Broadcast on: SABC1, SABC3, TV1



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Broadcaster information
International channels
Syndication : 24 Oct 1986 - 19 Dec 1986

South African channels

TV1 : 09 Oct 1986 - 11 Dec 1986
SABC1 : 03 Mar 2001 - 22 Oct 2017
SABC3 : 30 Jul 2014 - 01 Oct 2014

About the Show

Shaka Zulu is a South African period drama television miniseries based on historical fact written by Joshua Sinclair and based on his novel of the same name, which is based on the story of the king of the Zulu nation, Shaka (reign, 1816 to 1828), and the writings of the British traders with whom he interacted.

This lavish 10-hour mini series focusing on the life and times of Shaka Zulu, who grew to greatness, taking the scattered and forlorn tribes of Zululand and moulding them into a proud and mighty nation, making its name respected from the sun baked tip of Africa to the shores of colonial Europe.

Gaining a reputation as the Black Napoleon, Shaka was a military genius who revolutionised African warfare with strategies almost unequalled in battle. He built an invincible army that became the most efficient fighting machine Africa has ever known.

Starring in the title role is South African actor Henry Cele, alongside Dudu Mkhize, who plays his mother, Nandi, the force that drives her son to become the greatest warrior king Africa has ever seen.

Produced by Harmony Gold Inc., Shake Zulu was written by Joshua Sinclair. The music was composed and conducted by Dave Pollecutt. The executive producer was Leon Rautenbach and the script editor, narrator and director was William C. Faure.


This is the order of credits from the opening sequence of Episode 1:


Edward Fox		as	Lt. Francis Farewell
Robert Powell		as	Dr. Henry Fynn
Trevor Howard		as	Lord Charles Somerset
and Fiona Fullerton	as	Elizabeth Farewell
with Christopher Lee	as	Lord Bathurst


Henry Cele		as	Shaka
Dudu Mkhize		as	Nandi

Guest Stars

Roy Dotrice		as	George IV
Gordon Jackson		as	Prof. Bramston
and Kenneth Griffith	as	Zacharias Abrahams


Simon Sabela		as	Dingiswayo
Sam Williams		as	Jama
Patrick Ndlovu		as	Mudli
Roland Mqwebu		as	Ngomane
Bingo Bentley		as	Bhuza
Conrad Magwaza		as	Senzagakona
Tu Nokwe		as	Pampata
Gugu Nxumalo		as	Mkabayi
Graham Armitage		as	Wilkins
Alex Heyns		as	Vegte
Vuyisile Bojana		as	Mgobozi
Nomsa Xaba		as	Sitayi
Daphney Hlomuka		as	Queen Ntombazi
Khumbulani Cele		as	Shaka (6-11)
Glen Gabela		as	Shaka (15-19)
William C. Faure	as	Narrator


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