Telling empowering stories, South Africans want to hear

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 15:57

Balobedu royal family thrilled with premiere of new drama series Queen Modjadji.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

His Majesty, Ba Mosata, Bakhoma Mpapatla Modjadji, CEO General Entertainment Nomsa Philiso and Executive Producer Duma Ndlovu at MultiChoice.

MultiChoice hosted His Majesty, Ba Mosata, Bakhoma Mpapatla Modjadji of the Royal Family at MultiChoice City, Randburg, marking a significant moment ahead of the highly anticipated premiere of Mzansi Magic's new prime-time drama, Queen Modjadji.

This historically inspired series promises to shed light on the rich culture and history of the Balobedu people.

His Majesty Ba Mosata, Bakhoma Mpapatla Modjadji, said the series means a lot to them.

"The moment I heard about it, I fell in love with the idea. This will raise awareness of the Balobedu people, our culture, and our history.

It's also a wonderful opportunity for our people to showcase their talent in a language they love and understand," he added.

The making of Queen Modjadji included using artifacts and traditional items directly from the Balobedu Kingdom. Clay pots, calabashes, reed baskets, and beautifully made beadwork, all crafted by local artisans. The production created more than 600 jobs, offering important economic opportunities and supporting local talent.

Nomsa Philiso, CEO of General Entertainment at Multichoice, expressed gratitude for the collaboration and support they received from the royal family.

She emphasised the importance of storytelling in preserving history: "It's nothing that happens without a practitioner. One of the things that are really important for us at MultiChoice, we don;t call ourselves the biggest storytellers in Africa only; we really try our best to make sure that we tell stories that will resonate and also preserve our history for future generations."

Philiso also shared her excitement and anticipation for the premiere: "We're quite excited. We are anxious because this is the first for a Sunday night to have this big production in the language that we have. I’ve been in television for many years, but I don’t think that we've ever told a story in Khelobedu."

Queen Modjadji will premiere on 14 July at 8 pm, featuring a stunning cast including former Miss SA queens Shudufhadzo Musida and Ndavi Nokeri, along with actress Ngelekanyo Ramulondi, who will portray the young Modjadji, 14-year-old Maselegwani.