'Shaka Ilembe'.

Luyanda Zwane plays Vundlazi in ‘Shaka Ilembe’. Image via Instagram @bomb-productions

Actress Luyanda Zwane: ‘Shaka Ilembe was life-changing for me’

‘Sibongile and The Dlaminis’ actress Luyanda Zwane discusses her acting career and landing a role on ‘Shaka Ilembe’ as Vundlazi.

'Shaka Ilembe'.

Luyanda Zwane plays Vundlazi in ‘Shaka Ilembe’. Image via Instagram @bomb-productions

Talented actress Luyanda Zwane, who is famously known for her starring role as the title character in Sibongile and The Dlaminis opens up about her role in Mzansi Magic’s drama series Shaka Ilembe.

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The Redemption actress Luyanda Zwane, who debuted on Shaka Ilembe as Vundlazi last Sunday, 27 August tells Sunday World how the role was life changing for her.

Her character Vundlazi is King Shaka’s (Lemogang Tsipa) love interest in the Mzansi Magic’s hit drama series.

Shaka ilembe was life-changing for me, I was given an opportunity to work with the biggest productions and names that I grew up learning about in High School.”

“It was also educational because I got to learn about my culture, my tribe, and the other tribes discussed,” says Zwane. 

The KwaZulu-Natal-born actress also reveals to the publication that she landed her first acting role as Lelo on e.tv’s canned medical drama Durban Gen, after completing grade 12.

She’s also starred as a beautiful teenage girl named Nomonde Gumede in the BET telenovela Redemption.

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The Shaka Ilembe actress Luyanda Zwane also portrays the role of a domestic worker in Mzansi Wethu’s first telenovela, Sibongile and The Dlaminis.

The Mzansi Wethu telenovela follows the journey of Sibongile Mbambo (Luyanda Zwane), an innocent rural young woman forced to leave her family and dreams behind to become a domestic worker in the lavish mansion of the affluent Dlamini family.

The show is set in the small town of Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal and promises to explore timeless themes of love, sacrifice, ambition, and familial bonds.

Shirley Adonisi, who is director of local entertainment channels at M-Net revealed in a statement to TshisaLIVE that the airing of Sibongile and The Dlaminis will mark a significant milestone in their commitment to deliver diverse and compelling local content.”

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