Siswati and IsiNdebele television drama promises royal intrigue!
Bukhosi is a story about a community that overcomes its twists and turns by resilience, courage, love, patriotism, a sense of pride and the desire to move forward. Bukhosi aims to close the gap in the current drama television where Swati and Ndebele speaking people are not catered for. It is a television series filmed primarily in Swati and Ndebele language. The project is a researched story about a community that still upholds it’s traditions, culture and way of living in modern day society. It touches on themes such as love, classism and gender equality among others. The series aims to educate, make an awareness and shed light on certain issues while entertaining.
Skeem Saam actor, Luyolo Zitha, and award-winning Afro-Soul musician and actor, Zamo Dlamini (aka Zamo of Joyous Celebration fame) are billed to lead the thrilling siSwati and IsiNdebele TV drama series, Bukhosi.
MZINTI – Zitha is known as Mfundo, Lelo Mthiyanes’s (Amanda du Pont) cousin on SABC 1’s Skeem Saam, while Dlamini plays Thandeka on Ingozi. On Bukhosi, Dlamini takes on the role of Lenhle Mtfombeni Royal Family and daughter of the late king.
“Lenhle is very rebellious, but also has a strong character and leadership skills. When she is appointed queen, division ensues in the kingdom as the king had brothers,” she said.
Zitha plays Busa Mbhele, a very influential, clever young man of Nkomazi. “His life journey changes completely just by falling in love with a beautiful young woman,” he commented on his role.
Bukhosi, an African tale about leadership, culture, love, wealth and power, tells the story of a community that overcomes its twists and turns through resilience, courage, love, patriotism, a sense of pride and the desire to move forward.
“It aims to close the gap in the current drama television where siSwati and IsiNdebele speaking people are not catered for,” said Delizwe Shabangu, the executive producer and creator of the programme.
He added, “It is a television series filmed primarily in siSwati and IsiNdebele languages, and depicts a community that still upholds its traditions, culture and way of living in modern-day society. It touches on themes such as love, classism and gender equality, among others. It aims to educate, create awareness and shed light on cultural and mostly royal matters, while entertaining.”
Bukhosi showcases the province’s attractions, uncovers talent and exposes unknown languages such as Sepulana, while also endorsing known languages like XiTsonga, siSwati and IsiNdebele.
It all started after publishing a youth-inspiring book, Young Minds Know How, that the series came to my mind. I then approached Kekeletso Mphuthi to help develop the project with me and over the past decade, it has gone through many changes. Now we have finally decided on a plot that makes us both happy,” Shabangu said.
The project is about the experience of living under the leadership of chiefs in a democratic country, which at times creates confusion and uncertainty.
“The segregation of responsibilities and the line of order can be so blurry. It also touches on gender equality in leadership. There is good and bad within the chaos, sometimes even ugly. What more can I say without spoiling it?” laughed the veteran actress, Mphuthi, who co-produces, develops and directs Bukhosi.
The former Soul City and Jozi H star added, “The content on television, on our screens at home lacks in offerings in these official languages that have been neglected. They deserve a light to be shone on them too.”
The series will be filmed in different areas around Mpumalanga to showcase the province’s beauty and rich culture, attractions, uncover talent and expose unknown languages such as Sepulana while also endorsing known languages like Tsonga, Swati and Ndebele.
Kekeletso Mphuthi directed and co-produced Bukhosi pilot. She holds a Diploma in Dramatic Arts from Pretoria Technikon. She is a film and television director, producer and an actress with over two decades of industry experience. She has acted on:
– Soul City S2-7 as a lead
– Justice For All
– Zero Tolerance
– Jozi H
– Backstage and many others.
She has also worked as a casting agent and done casting for Gaz’lam 3. She assisted Rhythm City with casting before joining them as a director. She also did performance coaching for the first 4 years of Rhythm City, as well as taking on Box producing. She went on to direct Generations, Isidingo, Ashes to Ashes, My Perfect family, Scandal, Mzansi Magic movies and many others.
Tshenolo Ditlhake produced and line-produced Bukhosi pilot. She holds a B-tech in Film and TV Production. She specializes in editing, writing, producing and has worked on different shows on programmes such as:
– Channel O
– Mzansi Magic
– Mzansi Magic Movies
– Mzansi Magic Music as an editor, line producer and writer.
She has also worked on international awards ceremony, Sound City as an editor. She made her first onscreen debut as one of the leads on Mzansi Magic movie called Taxi Queens. She runs a production company that focuses on post production which did editing for Bukhosi pilot.
Delizwe Shabangu is Bukhosi executive producer. Holds a BSc Degree and MBL. Author of YoungMindsKnowHow and Managing Director of Mahlombe Film Production. His passion is empowering young people and uplifting his community.
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Bukhosi: A story about Leadership, Culture, Love, Wealth and Power represented in a drama-series format. The drama’s objectives are to entertain, educate, promote SiSwati culture & language and showcase new talent.
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