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Monday, March 14, 2022


Mzansi Magic premieres star-studded new Sunday night drama, Umbuso

The coveted Sunday night primetime slot has been dominated by Mzansi Magic for several years, and now the channel is taking things a step further with a new flagship drama, Umbuso, premiering on April 3 at 20h00.

It features strong performances from a star-studded and acclaimed cast including Lillian Dube, Sandile Mahlangu, Mzwandile Ngubeni, Zinzi Zungu, Christopher Jafta, Makhaola Ndebele and Omuhle Gela. Also featured is former Durban Gen actor Bheki Sibiya ‘Dr Ndlovu’.

Umbuso is a story about street-smart businessman, Ma E (Sibiya) and people’s politician, Tiny (Ndebele), two old comrades determined to secure a post-struggle legacy for themselves and their families.

However, after a brutal and bloody murder that shakes everyone to their core, a long-hidden and dark secret is finally revealed, cutting to the heart of both families. At the centre of it all is Qhawe (Kwanele Mthethwa), a daughter trying to keep her family – and its business – together. 

“Sunday’s primetime slot is critical for us a channel, and our viewers are constantly looking forward to the enticing and excellent shows that we have in store for them. We’re always upping the ante, and Umbuso is our latest. While the drama is always high stakes, the characters and what drives them are relatable and authentic to our viewers,” says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

While it’s the story of the past haunting the present, politics and crime, at its heart Umbuso is about family and the lengths people go to in order to protect those they love and what they believe is rightfully theirs.

More cast members in Umbuso include Sphamandla Dhludhlu, Bathabile Mashigo and Bahumi Mhlongo.

Tune in for the hot new series which promises intrigue, mystery, scheming, twists and turns as secrets are revealed and legacies tarnished. Umbuso premieres on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) on April 3, 2022, at 20h00.