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Saturday, 24 June 2023 14:32

'Shaka ILembe' delivers outstanding ratings for DStv.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Shaka Ilembe is a rating sensation with over 3.6 million viewers across DStv in South Africa - the best-ever performance for a MultiChoice drama series in its history. 

The show also reached number 1 on the DStv App across Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and other African countries. 

With the powerhouse series trending number 1 on Twitter and dominating Tik Tok, fans were quick with their accolades, including for stars Nomzamo Mbatha(Nandi), Wiseman Mncube(Zwide), Khabonina Qubeka (Queen Ntombazi) Ntando Zondi(Young Shaka), Senzo Radebe (Senzangakhona) and Dawn Thandeka King(Princess Mkabayi). Also featured in episode one was Calvin Ratladi, Xiya Zulu, Don Mlangeni, Ayanda Borotho, Abdul Khoza and Sibonile Ngubane. 

Also drawing praise was the elaborate costumes, sweeping cinematography, standout soundtrack, stellar CGI, and the resonant portrayal of Zulu culture and tradition. Created by Bomb Productions, Shaka Ilembe is the biggest single investment that MultiChoice has made into a local production in its history, and the show's success is speaking directly to the ambitions of its creators.

Commenting on the massive response to episode 1, MultiChoice CEO for General Entertainment Nomsa Philiso extended her gratitude to audiences for watching and interacting with show in droves.

"In Shaka Ilembe, our vision was to tell an epic African story, on a grand scale, and with the depth and finesse that can only come from a substantial investment. That audiences have bought into this storytelling universe is deeply affirming because it aligns to our understanding of the market appetite for this type of content."

She goes on to say, "This is a story that builds frame by frame, scene by scene, episode by episode.  Stars like Thembinkosi Mthembu, Hope Mbhele, Mondli Makhoba and Lemogang Tsipa are still to be seen. So, in each episode going forward, fans can expect another layer of this remarkable story to be revealed. We want to keep viewers absolutely entertained and do justice to the incredible support Shaka Ilembe is enjoying – from our audiences across South and Southern Africa to a wide array of media across the country."

The second episode of Shaka Ilembe is set to launch on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on Sunday, June 25 at 20:00. Episode 1 is available on DStv Catch-Up and via the DStv App. 

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