Black comedy a hilarious trip

THE black film market in South Africa has taken off in a massive way in the past three years, but it would be a mistake to think of it as a new phenomenon.

THE black film market in South Africa has taken off in a massive way in the past three years, but it would be a mistake to think of it as a new phenomenon.

Black comedy was there in the days of Inyakanyaka and Ikati Elimnyama and after that it went through a phase and now it is back by popular demand.

That is why production companies such as Vhuru are making sure that the black film industry does not die though pirating is rife.

Based in Midrand, the production company is owned by Agrippa Tembe, Neli Ngwenya, Tinny Tembe and veteran television actor Luckyboy Mtshali.

Vhuru productions has just released its first comedy called Majazana, which hit the shelves two weeks ago.

Mtshali, who has acted in many television shows, says the company was established to give those talented people who have been denied an opportunity.

He says Majazana is an exciting local comedy . directed by Mtshali, who also acts in the comedy. Majazana touches on various issues that many people can relate to.

"Most people have heard about a guy from next door doing household chores, including washing his wife's underwear," he says.

Majazana talks about a guy who lives with his cousin Ranko and wife Matshobolo. The two men in the house are not working and the wife is the breadwinner.

Matshobolo expects the two to keep the house clean - which never happens.

Tembe says what they are trying to show is that women can balance work and being a wife.

"Though in many cases women are not supported the comedy shows that they go to work and are able to do the chores in the house as well."

Mtshali, who directed a film for the first time, says he is happy about the opportunity.

"I have been in the acting industry for 33 years and it is only now that I got a chance to direct a comedy film."

He says his first comedy was in 1976 when he acted in the comedy show Inyakanyaka alongside the late Ndaba Mhlongo and Joe Seakatsie.

Since then he has done television films such as Qude Manikiniki, Ikhaya Labantwana, Isidididi, Madluphuthu 2 and Shaka Zulu.

Mtshali is also an archbishop of the New St Luke Apostolic Church based in Soweto.

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