SABC1 showcases Ndebele culture for the first time with new TV drama iKani

19 October 2018



For the first time in the history of the SABC, the isiNdebele language and culture will find expression in the form of a TV drama, with the pioneering multi-lingual drama series that will tell the story of a young artists Khanya Hlophe leaving Johannesburg and going on a journey of self-discovery as she visits a fictional town called iKani. by Thinus Ferreira

Khanya eventually discovers that she is from an isiNdebele family despite being brought up by her aunt as a Zulu, and starts to learn about her roots and her culture.

iKani was developed to explore the colourful and rich culture of the AmaNdebele," says producer Wandile Molebatsi who is also seen in the show as the character of Vince. "It's time to appreciate all South African cultures in all their different facets.

The 13-part iKani is produced by Coal Stove Pictures and adds the first isiNdebele show to the SABC's programming line-up other than the isiNdebele TV news bulletin on SABC1 and the Ikwekwezi FM radio station.

The lead role in iKani is played by Thandeka Mdeliswa (25), together with veteran actress Florence Masebe as matriarch Bongeka and Nomonde Mbusi as Dinah.

The rest of the iKani cast includes: Themba Mahlangu as Butho, Bhlanhla Mahlangu as Jonas, Frieda Makoba as Esther, Sipho Mbele as Charles, Sophie Kabini as Ouma, and January Kabini as Khowleza.

Source: Channel 24