Shaka Zulu (TV series)

Shaka Zulu is a 1986 South African television series directed by William C. Faure and written by Joshua Sinclair for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), based on Sinclair's novel of the same name (1985). It is based on the story of the king of the Zulu, Shaka (reigned 1816 to 1828), and the writings of the British traders with whom he interacted. It aired in U.S. syndication. Harmony Gold USA partly funded and distributed Shaka Zulu in spite of the economic sanctions at the time.[1] The series consists of 10 episodes of approximately 50 minutes each in duration.

Shaka Zulu
Title sequence to Shaka Zulu
GenreHistorical Novel
Created byEd Harper
Directed byWilliam C Faure
StarringHenry Cele
Edward Fox
Robert Powell
Trevor Howard
Fiona Fullerton
Christopher Lee
Dudu Mkhize
Roy Dotrice
Gordon Jackson
Kenneth Griffith
Conrad Magwaza
Patrick Ndlovu
Roland Mqwebu
Gugu Nxumalo
Tu Nokwe
Daphney Hlomuka
Composer(s)Dave Pollecutt
Country of originSouth Africa
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes10
Executive producer(s)Leon Rautenbach
Production location(s)Natal, South Africa
Editor(s)Bill Lenny A.C.E
Ettie Feldman
Running time50 minutes
Production company(s)South African Broadcasting Corporation
Original networkSouth African Broadcasting Corporation
Original releaseOctober 24 
19 December 1986 (1986-12-19)


Theme song

The theme song of the series, "We Are Growing", was sung by Margaret Singana.


  1. 'Shaka Zulu': Negative Metaphor For South African Blacks, Los Angeles Times, 21 November 1986
  2. "Daphney Hlomuka: Much-loved actress". The Sunday Times (South Africa). 5 October 2008. Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2008.

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