Is it true that stars can appear in the sky suddenly? That’s the story of Ntando Zondi, the little genius who’s swept the stage in South Africa. He’s only 15, but the anticipation surrounding his casting as little Shaka in Mzansi Magic’s ‘Shaka Ilembe’ is already palpable.
A Rising Star: Ntando Zondi
Ntando Zondi is a Grade 8 pupil who, contrary to popular belief, has no acting experience. However, this youngster outshines them all in terms of talent. Ntando has shown that he is a multitalented dynamo who is prepared to take on the world, excelling in theatre, art, culture, and academics since he was a little child.
An Eternally Formative Part
“For me and my family, it’s an honour to be a part of this production,” Ntando tells Sunday World. For Ntando, the chance to play the young Shaka—the man who would grow to be a powerful king—is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
His outstanding work in ‘Shaka Ilembe’ has garnered him much-deserved acclaim. One of his many admirers, @Queen_Enny19, tweets, “What a talented young man. As tiny Shaka, he’s fantastic.
Shaka’s Performance Stands Out Among Hundreds
It’s no small effort to play the renowned role of young Shaka in such a massive show without any prior training. DStv said that out of hundreds of hopeful young performers, they chose Ntando Zondi. Bomb Production was looking for a little actor who looked like Lemogang Tsipa, who plays the adult Shaka.
Ntando was cast because of his abilities and his uncanny similarity to Tsipa. The casting directors could see his potential as a star right away, even though he was still quite young.
Loud Cheers from the Audience
Zondi’s success has been recognised beyond his home region. His skill has won him admirers all across the world. He may just be 15, but @GeorgeBeatsSA tweets, “He’s already showing a lot of talent.” I’m so happy for him.
He’s still young, and I hope he develops to be huge and unstoppable in this profession,” @sirbongz_za elaborates. May he receive all the help he requires on the set of #ShakaiLembeMzansi, where he has already garnered the backing of stars like Nomzamo Mbatha?
Keep an Eye Out!
Continuing acclaim for his work in ‘Shaka Ilembe’ suggests that Zondi is on the verge of great success. Because of his talent, work ethic, and focus, he’s quickly becoming a rising star in the entertainment industry.
Ntando Zondi is a name to keep in mind. You’ll be hearing it a lot more in the years to come. See him in action as the young Shaka and you’ll understand the buzz surrounding this rising star.