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A labour of love: after 8 years in the making, Zulu Wedding is now at cinemas

After 8 years in the making and several postponements, the proudly South African movie, Zulu Wedding, is now playing at cinemas near you

The movie stars Nondumiso Tembe as Lu “Lungile”, as she leaves South Africa and her Zulu-Sotho heritage behind to become a dancer in the land of the stars and stripes, USA. 

When she falls in love with TEX (played by American choreographer and actor Darrin Dewitt Henson, she knows he’s the man to marry. But when she decides to travel back her hometown of Durban, so he can  introduce him to her family, she discovers she discovers something; she’s been promised since birth to a Zulu king, who is hard to resist given their shared cultural traits. Caught between two men, two families and two countries, Lou has to come to terms with who she is, so she can fight for what she wants.

Showcasing the captivating  Zulu culture and it’s people, who refer to themselves as ‘the people of the heavens’, the movie has been shot and produced in three different locations – South Africa, New York and Botswana. It features an ensemble cast from South Africa, Nigeria and the United States. These include the likes of Kgomotso Christopher, Makgano Mamabolo, Bubu Mazibuko, Sthandiwe Kgoroge and Jerry Phele.

Watch Zulu Wedding trailer

The film’s soundtrack was curated by South African music superstar, DJ Maphorisa, and features Afrotainment’s Tira and Prince Bulo, Kelly Khumalo, Goapele, Shekhinah and JR, among others.

A labour of love

A royal promise that cannot be dishonored. A transatlantic love triangle. An enchanting young woman who’s torn between duty and her heart. Two charismatic potential grooms who represent wildly divergent life paths… These are the themes brought dramatically to life in this delightful rom-com, which is sure to claim its place as a firm favorite on the movie circuit.

 Although it took 8 years to complete and several postponements to have it released, it was a labour of love for producer and executive director Lineo Sekeleoane. Commenting on the film’s multi-layered theme, she says: “The themes in this film are love and identity, expressed in the controlling idea: you have to know and love yourself (and where you come from) before you can truly love someone else.”

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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