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Isibaya: Who’s In & Who’s Out?

Update on Isibaya cast members.

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Mzansi Magic telenovela, Isibaya is back on everyone’s tongue after a long time. However, it is not because of the on-screen action. It’s safe to say that the TV show lost the plot a long time ago. It came as no surprise when rumours started swirling around that it was going to get canned.

Like the Titanic after it hit the iceberg, some actors have begun jumping the sinking ship. Ironically, there are also additions made to the roster of late that are tasked with reviving the flopping ratings. It remains to be seen if the television program can ever get back to its former glory.

WHO’S LEAVING…

The lead actor on the show, Siyabonga Thwala, who portrays Mpiyakhe Zungu is reported to be on his way out. It has been a long time coming, after there were allegations of the veteran actor being a diva on set. Thwala has already landed another role on the new M-Net telenovela, Legacy as Msizi Zulu.

Siyabonga Thwala

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The latest actor making an exit is Sdumo Mtshali, who plays Sbu Ndlovu. Luckily, he also has a life-jacket as SABC 3 is producing a new soapie dubbed The Estates. According to reports making the rounds, the actor jumped ship because of the dwindling tv ratings.

The last time the ratings were decent was when Menzi Ngubane was still associated with the show. The storyline that precipitated his exit coincided with Nomzamo Mbatha leaving Isibaya. Around that time, Palance Dladla was also linked with a move away from the TV show, which turned out to be falsehoods.

…WHO’S COMING IN

We wonder how this will be executed. Menzi Ngubane is linked with a dramatic return to the show, when it clear looked like that was a fatal gunshot. Ngubane’s move to The Queen never materialised due to health complications but we eagerly await his resurrection with bated breath.

Another returnee is Zakhele Msibi, who plays the mischievous Nkabinde. He was ran out of eBhubesini and his return will sure add some much needed flavour to the stale storyline.

Lastly; Thulani Mtsweni, formerly of Isidingo joins the cast of Isibaya as Mpihlangene Zungu. He is described as a charming conman who is the younger brother to the exiting Sengwayo. Mtsweni’s range as an actor is well documented, with his résumé including roles in sitcoms and daily dramas.

Catch Isibaya every Monday to Friday on Mzansi Magic, DSTV channel 161, at 20:30.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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