'Shaka Ilembe'

‘Shaka Ilembe’ star Lemogang Tsipa as Shaka. Image via Twitter @LemogangTsipa

‘Burn incense’: Tsipa shares ‘spiritual moments’ on ‘Shaka Ilembe’

Talented actor Lemogang Tsipa, who portrays the older Shaka in ‘Shaka Ilembe’ reveals ‘spiritual awakenings’ on set.

'Shaka Ilembe'

‘Shaka Ilembe’ star Lemogang Tsipa as Shaka. Image via Twitter @LemogangTsipa

Talented actor Lemogang Tsipa recently opened up about spiritual awakenings that occurred while filming Mzansi Magic’s hit drama series Shaka Ilembe.

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The thespian Lemogang Tsipa, who made his highly anticipated debut on Sunday, 6 August as the older Shaka in Shaka Ilembe told SA Film Chronicles there were moments he felt the ancestors awakening.

The actor shared about life on set of the series and said it hit him that what they doing there is bigger than them and bigger than just the moment. The star also reveals in the interview that there were a lot of spiritual moments on set they couldn’t shoot.

”You have to do traditional things like burn incense…so there was a lot of that. I think that’s where it hit me that what we’re doing here is big, is bigger than us, it’s bigger than just the moment.”

He adds that it’s not just a movie for entertainment, it was a moment for them crying for this thing: “I think it was them saying ‘we’re with you in this thing and we’ve also been fighting on the other side for these things’”.

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The actor Lemogang Tsipa revealed to The Citizen that he is unbothered by social media who said he wasn’t the right actor for the role of Shaka in Shaka Ilembe. He adds that taking on the role was like playing Mandela or another famous historical icon.

“I’m unaffected by that man, all the people that are usually commenters or people that have the most to say have never spent a day on set. They don’t know the intricacies of the film industry and what it takes to really get a great product out.”

Tsipa has been dragged by some social media users as he doesn’t have a Zulu name, while some revealed he doesn’t look as intimidating as Henry Cele, who first played the role of Shaka in the 1986 TV show, Shaka Zulu.

“I think the way in which Shaka built a nation and was able to unite people for one common cause is something we really need as a whole world

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