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Shaka Zulu

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

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Seasons

Season 1

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
TV1 09 Oct 1986 11 Dec 1986 Thursdays, 19h00 - 20h00 10
Syndication 24 Oct 1986 19 Dec 1986 Fridays, 20h00 - 21h00 10
SABC1 03 Mar 2001 05 May 2001 Saturdays, 20h00 - 21h00 10
SABC3 30 Jul 2014 01 Oct 2014 Wednesdays, 20h30 - 21h30 10
SABC1 20 Aug 2017 22 Oct 2017 Sundays, 20h30 - 21h30 (R) 10


Season 1

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.

Credits

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

Starring

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

Introducing

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

Featuring

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


Season 1 Cast

as
Shaka

as
Lt. Francis Farewell

as
George IV

as
Mudli

as
Sitayi

as
Queen Ntombazi

as
Shaka (15-19)

as
Mphepha

as
Ogle

as
Simpson

as
Guest Star

as
Captain Blair


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