What happens when a great chiefdom faces a succession crisis? Find out as Mzansi Magic debuts its very first IsiNdebele offering, Komkhulu.
Premiering 9 April 2023, Komkhulu takes us to Mpumalanga's countryside, home to the chiefdom of Komkhulu, ruled by Chief Masoso Mbonani, a young Ndebele king.
With the backdrop of a chiefdom that is one of the richest in the province, Chief Masoso's, (played by Johannes Mandla Mnguni) life is at stake if he cannot produce an heir to the throne. The dynamic and charming king turns into a desperate man as he struggles to find a way to protect his chiefdom and secure the future of his dynasty, before he risks others taking control of the throne.
"Traditionally we've catered for our IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, Sepedi, Setswana/Sesotho audiences, and the success and warm reception to those shows proved that our subscribers appreciate diverse content and storytelling. We are now working on expanding our range to cater to other language groups, starting with IsiNdebele," says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.
She adds: "Creating more content that reflects the diversity of cultures and perspectives of our viewers is a priority for us. We want to ensure that our content is authentic and reflects the true culture and spirit of the communities within which we operate."
An intrigue-filled 13-episode drama, Chief Masoso's uncle and village headman Hlangabeza (played by Sipho Mbhele) sees an opportunity to assume the role of king – and so a power struggle begins within the family, launching into a series of tragic events.
Produced by Rhythm World Productions, Komkhulu explores the complexities and destruction of power struggles. As the series unfolds, the kingdom experiences a transitional period resulting in a new generation that will eventually rock the big and richest chiefdom in the province.
Komkhulu is a tremendous series steeped in mysticism, chronicling the rise and fall of one of the most famous and powerful chiefdoms, while reminiscent of the most beloved cultural folk tales.
Tune into Komkhulu on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161, every Sunday at 20:00 starting from 9 April 2023. Keep an eye out for more details on Mzansi Magic’s social media channels, @mzansimagic.