Ingoma is a South African television drama series which follows three aspiring artists from the Eastern Cape town of Alice, who are lured to Cape Town by businessman and record label owner Leo Black by the promise of breaking into the industry via his label, Platinum Records.
With a tagline that asks "what is the cost of your dreams?", music industry exploitation is at the heart of the series.
The naive youngsters - Sino, Ezekiel and Angel - soon find themselves immersed in a shiny new world, with the promise of glamour, wealth and extravagance.
Of course... as we all know, this cutthroat world is as full of promises as it is lies, and it is soon revealed that Leo Black's intentions are not as savoury as what the group were first led to believe.
Sino sees the move to Cape Town as her last resort for success, with her family back in Alice relying on her for financial support. But when a member of her band strikes a deal with Leo Black, her future - and that of her family - is in jeopardy.
Ingoma is an M-Net Original Production created and produced by Paw Paw Films. The directors are Mandilakhe Yengo and Bantuza Mchunu. The script is by Justine Loots.
Sinovuyo 'Sino' Mdledle
played by Anita Sibozo
A beautiful, lost queen, gifted but afraid of her full potential. This self-sacrificing young talent has the hopes of her family riding on her success in the big city.
Ezekiel 'Ezee' Biko
played by Ayanda Makayi
Sino's boyfriend, Ezee is an imaginative and thoughtful poet with a wealth of ideas. He is hard-working, generous and deeply loyal.
Buntu 'Angel' Mdlele
played by Oros Mampofu
Angel is a charming, small-time hustler with his finger on the pulse. He is impulsive, impressionable and optimistic to a fault. Sino's brother and Ezekiel's best friend.
played by Buyile Mdladla
Leo is a charming and charismatic businessman and record label owner, but all's not what they seem when the group gets to know the 'real' Leo after moving into his Cape Town mansion.
played by Matshepo Sekgopi
Sino's younger sister Bongi is jealous of Sino's looks and popularity. Bongi wants to be the centre of attention for once, and this is a catalyst for drama.
played by Peggy Tunyiswa
The orderly matron. Religious and motherly, she is the hardworking single parent who will do anything to see her son Ezekiel succeed.
played by Sive Matiwane
Sive Matiwane portrays a big friendly giant who's not afraid to throw his weight around. Zola hopes to ultimately be a lawyer and maintain peace among the people he loves.
played by Siphenathi Qeja
The show's loudmouth funnyman yearns for female attention. China also desperately wants to go to Asia to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming a kung-fu fighter.
Season 1 Cast
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Oros Mampofu ... Buntu 'Angel' Mdlele
Ayanda Makayi ... Ezekiel 'Ezee' Biko
Anita Sibozo ... Sinovuyo 'Sino' Mdledle
Buyile Mdladla ... Leo Black
Recurring / Guests
Matshepo Sekgopi ... Bongi
Sylvia Mngxekeza ... Gogo Mancwane
DJ Tira ... Himself
Ayanda Dlamini ... Laura
Sive Matiwane ... Zola Mabaso
Siphenathi Qeja ... China Mthimkhulu
Ayabonga Makanya ... Dumi
Inam Hojisi ... Princess
Simthandile Koyana ... Smangaliso
Lunathi Guda ... Thami
Peggy Tunyiswa ... Mam' B
Busiswa Gqulu ... Herself
Bongeka Dumalisile ... Female Detective
Bulelwa Sakayi ... Mabija
Melissa de Vries ... Video Vixen 1
Avumile Qongqo ... Video Vixen 2
Zama Jimba ... Spaza Owner / Bra Tubs
Ernest St Clair ... Clayton
Apollo Ntshoko ... Tata Tokyo
Kwezi Kobus ... Pastor
Gcina Jojo ... Sex Worker
Pedzisai Madaba ... Caretaker (as Pedezsai Madaba)
Riana Alfreds ... Sex Therapy Facilitator
Hlombe Ndube ... Lerato
Nonku Lekoma ... Khetiwe
Sindiwe Magona ... Zandile
Dylan Skews ... Rex
Zimasa Dyani ... Neo
Spirit Mba ... Thandeka
Lisa Marie Clarke ... Bee
Faniswa Yisa ... Zodwa
Mkhuseli Richard Tafane ... Bobo (as Richard Tafane)
Lwandile Sompontsha ... Tikki
Paul Nwanko ... Tough Guy 1