Move over Game of Thrones, because the Zuma daughters have just created South Africa’s own alternative – a dramatic new TV series titled Ifalakhe
The brand new show, which is set in early South Africa, aired on Sunday night and was created by Gugu Zuma-Ncube and her sister, Thuli Zuma.
Gugu Zuma-Ncube is widely hailed as one of the most influential content creators in television, having put her stamp on Uzalo and the two have combined their experience to deliver a show which had South African fans buzzing early this week.
The period drama, produced by Stained Glass Productions, grabbed the attention of viewers from the moment it aired on Mzansi Magic. Many reflected that this show was the African version of other popular historic dramas that fans on the continent have been waiting for.
The show tells the story of the Okuhle tribe who wage war on the neighbouring Khanya clan after the latter is accused of stealing livestock from their kingdom.
Speaking to IOL before the show’s big debut, Ifalakhe’s director, Mmamitse Thibedi explained how this project has been in the works for the last three years:
“It’s a period story, and so, that did need a lot of research from our team.
“We have been working on this since 2016 until now, so it has taken us a very long time to develop the story, including getting all the cultural nuances right, the wardrobe, and what symbolism the clothes had, and how life was like back then.”
The Zuma daughters grabbed the headlines on social media after the show premiered on Sunday evening.
— IG: Siyanda_mwelase (@siyah_94) October 6, 2019
— Palesentle Katleho Moloi (@PalesentleK) October 6, 2019
— DaveMtheartist (@DaveM19203998) October 4, 2019
Ifalakhe will be airing every Sunday on Mzansi Magic at 8 PM. If the first episode is anything to go by, then we are in for a treat as the season unfolds.
— Sthakathy (@mpilotwabu) October 7, 2019
Do you think Ifalakhe will be the African alternative to Game of Thrones?