TV series, 1986
Bill Faure's epic and controversial series about the legendary Zulu king. The series was produced by the SABC, but in order to get around cultural boycotts against South Africa, the corporation made a deal with American production company Harmony Gold to distribute the series abroad. The SABC even hid their involvement completely in some countries. Despite the controvercy, accusations of apartheid propaganda and many historical inaccuracies, the series became incredibly popular. It was seen by millions across the world, including in America, England and West Germany. In 1987, Henry Cele became the first black actor to win an Artes Award, for his portrayal as Shaka.
9 October 1986
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SABC; Harmony Gold (distribution)
Based on Sinclair's novel about real historical characters and events
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"We Are Growing", written by Patric van Blerk, Julian Laxton, Margaret Singana and Dave Pollecutt.
Sung by Margaret Singana and the Baragwanath Choir.
- Camera Q&A: Joshua Sinclair on Shaka Zulu and apartheid.http://camerainthesun.com/?p=25727
- Roline Hepburn, Swart akteurs se eerste Artes. Die Burger, 9 Maart 1987, p.3. http://18.104.22.168/argief/berigte/dieburger/1987/03/09/3/21.html
- Tomaselli, Keyan G. Shaka Zulu, Visual History and Television. Southern African Humanities 15, December 2003, pp.91-107. Pdf: http://www.sahumanities.org/ojs/index.php/SAH/article/download/176/136
- Stephen Coan, A Shaka fashioned by glamour and politics. News24, 3 April 2001. http://www.news24.com/xArchive/Archive/A-Shaka-fashioned-by-glamour-and-...