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OYO Restaurant at Zoo Lake, Johannesburg, has in recent days resembled a royal function when Shaka Zulu, a musical written by Samson Khumalo, Sean Else and Deon Opperman, was launched.
Leading actors Sello Sebotsane and Lindani Nkosi graced the occasion in their full Zulu regalia. Well, this was a drama off the theatre stages, but the real stage drama with all the lighting, the costumes and the set designs is about to unfold.
Thokozani Nzima, who has worked in various roles in the arts since 2004, plays Shaka Zulu.
Sebotsane plays the character of Dingiswayo, chief of the Mthethwas and Shaka's mentor.
And one must mention that having watched Sebotsane play characters that need him to project power and stage presence, it appears as if he was miscast. He probably is more suited to playing Shaka Zulu.
Anyway, the other role to look forward to is Phumi Mncayi, who plays Dingaan, Shaka's half brother .
The musical will be performed at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria from June 26 to July 18. Expected to attract a lot of interest from the public because of Shaka's colourful and historical achievements, the life of Shaka will be brought on stage for the first time in a musical form.
"We are telling the story of Shaka from birth to death," said Paul Berning, the chief executive of Packed House Productions, the producers.