Mzansi Magic adds new maskandi drama to line-up | Life

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  • Ayanda Borotho, Ernest Ndlovu, Nothando Ngcobo and Phumzile Mlangani star in Mzansi Magic’s (DStv 161) new show, uZulu no Mhlaba. 
  • The show, partially set in the township of Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, premieres at 20:00 on 30 October. 
  • Legendary maskandi musician Ihhashi Elimhlophe also makes a special appearance on the show. 

Ayanda Borotho, Ernest Ndlovu, Nothando Ngcobo and Phumizile Mlangeni star in Mzansi Magic’s (DStv 161) new Sunday night drama, uZulu no Mhlaba. 

Maskandi legend Ihhashi Elimhlophe also makes a special appearance on the show, which premieres at 20:00 on 30 October. The drama tells the story of two maskandi artists, Zulu (played by Aphiwe Bengu) and Mhlaba (played by Ntokozo Vilakazi), who engage in a brutal feud over music only to discover they are more closely linked than they imagined. 

Ernest Ndlovu in uZulu no Mhlaba.

Nothando Ngcobo in uZulu no Mhlaba.

Phumzile Mjlangeni in uZulu no Mhlaba.

Aphiwe Bengu as Zulu and Ntokozo Vilakazi as Mhlaba in uZulu no Mhlaba.

Hhashi Elimhlophe in uZulu no Mhlaba.

uZulu no Mhlaba explores two generations of maskandi musicians: fathers and their sons, and each generation’s musical (and deeply personal) rivalry,” a press statement reads.

“Having come from very different backgrounds but with a shared passion for maskandi music, Zulu and Mhlaba turn into rivals when they inherit a feud held by their respective fathers.” 

“They learn a secret long hidden from them when an unspeakable tragedy occurs. uZulu no Mhlaba is the story of music and what human beings will do when faced with life-changing moments that need them to confront their deepest fears to overcome them.” 

M-Net’s director of local entertainment channels, Shirley Adonisi, said the upcoming show’s slot was one of the “strongest performers”, adding they were proud to add a brand-new show to their lineup. 

“Our Sunday night drama slot has traditionally been one of our strongest performers, and we are committed to always attain this target. It’s a primetime slot known for Mzansi Magic’s celebrated dramas, and we’re proud to add a brand-new show to this slot, one set in the world of one of the country’s largest music genres,” she says in a press statement. “We always try and push the envelope.” 



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