Muvhango Celebrates 20 Years of Drama
| Wednesday 5 April 2017 10:00
MUVHANGO CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF DRAMA
It all started back in the 90’s on the 07th of April 1997 when creator Duma Ndlovu scripted the first episode, broadcasting once a week. Fast track to 2017, the soapie is now broadcasting 5 days a week and celebrates 20 years of intrigue, authenticity, drama and edutainment. On Friday, 07th April 2017 marks 20 years of Muvhango.
The series made its television debut on the 07th of April 1997 as a 13 episode drama series, broadcast weekly, set in the city of Johannesburg and Thathe village in Venda. The battle for power between the two families culminated into outright war over a family incident which finally pits the two families against each other, both in this generation and the next. The family feuds between the Mukwevhos and Mokoenas has continued to be the talking point and looks far from over.
“It all started as a concept in the quest to bridge the cultural divide between black communities and also the language superiority. I feel extremely excited to be celebrating this milestone. Starting from a 13 episode drama broadcast once a week back in 1997 and now broadcasting 5 days a week fills me with pride and joy. It hasn’t been smooth sailing as we have gone through difficult challenges, but we have managed to pull through and still continues. We will continue dishing authentic stories that talk to communities, which will create talk ability and interaction amongst our viewers who happen to be the lifeline of the soapie’s success. Also gratitude goes out to everyone who has graced Muvhango with their presence from day one to date. These actors have made a huge contribution to the success that is Muvhango. Here’s to another 20 years.” - said Duma Ndlovu, Muvhango’s Executive Producer.
Viewers can look forward to some breathtaking stories with the Mukhwevho’s about to welcome a new addition to the family. KK is on a mission to tear the Vhakwevho’s family apart. There is so much to look forward to on this 20 year old drama soapie.
“What a journey! Honestly if someone had told me this would be me twenty years later, I wouldn’t have believed them. But there are things you find in yourself as you grow with the character and the symbiosis is unbreakable. I have grown with Thandaza, I have cried, I have laughed and I have danced with her. There’s been a time when she has felt like a sister and I empathized with her and there were times when she has soothed me with her storylines. It’s hard to point out my most favourite stories but I have enjoyed shooting the weddings, I’m a big romantic at heart. I have learnt a lot of TshiVenda. I have not enjoyed the fighting scenes for obvious reasons and that’s when you have to let your ego make way for your character and all these lessons have come through the years spent shooting Muvhango. I think the production has done very well to have pulled through the many changes, first once a week, to three and finally five times a week. Also, I look at the cast compliment and I stand amazed at the talent and the co-relation that exists between production and cast. It has been a wonderful 20 years and I salute our executive producer, Mr Duma Ndlovu, for the journey.”- commented Sindi Dlathu who plays the role of Thandaza.
Catch MUVHANGO Mondays to Fridays at 21h00 on SABC 2.
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