JOHANNESBURG. — Shaka iLemebe season 1 has finally wrapped and left the viewers with bitter-sweet feelings after 12 impressive episodes that left viewers in Southern Africa on the edge of their seats and evoking emotions without fail.
The show received excellent reviews every week, and this was no different with the last episode on Sunday.
Viewers from across the country and neighbouring countries showered the entire season with a thumbs-up.
Here are some of the comments that blew up the internet:
@Lush_Beauty1 said: “What a beautiful story. The cast ATE their roles shem and production was insane.”
“I can’t wait for season 2 next year, season one was the long walk to freedom, and Shaka really fought the odds. In season 2, we’re going to hate him, his power will be running to the brain, killing people like flies. Can’t wait to see when he killed people who were not mourning his mom.”
@Mapiwes gave the show a nod:
“Bomb Production always excels in their work, but this one was on another level.”
Nomzamo Mbatha was hailed for playing Queen Nandi.
Mbatha also revealed that she used real cow dung in one of the scenes and defended the women on the show for walking bare-chested.
MultiChoice announced on Monday that a second season for the epic Shaka iLembe has been greenlit.
According to a press release by the company, season 1 showcased the origins story of the legendary African King, culminating with a victorious Shaka returning to take the Zulu throne.
Season 2 will pick up the story as he begins his long prophesied reign, writing himself into history.
“MultiChoice is really committed to telling the Shaka iLembe story, and this season 2 announcement confirms our intentions to honour the iconic figure of King Shaka with a continuation of his story on air, said Nomsa Philiso, MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment.
“The fact that viewers across South Africa, and indeed the continent, have been so passionately supportive of the show, tuning in to watch weekly, sharing their commentary online and really engaging with this layered story of the Nguni Kingdoms, has been fantastic. We are now looking forward to bringing season 2 to life.”
After its premiere in June, the show set a new record as the best-ever performance for a MultiChoice drama series.
At the time, it reached more than 3.6 million viewers across DStv in South Africa and also took the number 1 spot on the DStv app across Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and other African countries.
The cast include Nomzamo Mbatha, Lemogang Tsipa, Thembinkosi Mthembu, Wiseman Mncube, Khabonina Qubeka, Hope Mbhele, Mondli Makhoba, Abdul Khoza, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Don Mlangeni, Vusi Kunene, Mduduzi Mabaso and Ayanda Borotho. — Briefly/news24.com