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Thousands gather to re-enact historic Zulu ‘Isandlwana’ battle victory over Britain

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It was a memorable moment as thousands of Zulu men called “amabutho” gathered at the historic site of Isandlwana on Saturday to mark the famous victory of their ancestors over the British invasion army.

According to historians, the day was in 1879, when Zulus won a decisive victory over the British who had attempted to conquer South Africa and annex the whole country.

On 21 January, 1879, around 20,000 Zulu warriors attacked the British garrison. Despite the defenders having rifles, the attackers forced them into a bloody battle and then defeated the colonial soldiers, king 1,300 out of 1,700 men at the Isandlwala garrison on the morning of the battle.

“It is one of the greatest triumphs in Zulu history and the only battle in which spears and ox-hide shields annihilated the guns and cannons of the British army,” King Misuzulu kaZwelithini said while addressing the gathering.

“It’s important to commemorate the battle, because it’s such an important part of our history.

“And it’s also important to both us and the Zulus and it’s commemorating fallen soldiers.

“It also reminds the soldiers that are serving now that it’s still important, that you are remembered for a long time. So it’s really important to commemorate this battle.”

The famous Isandlwana battle was achieved under the great Zulu warrior, Shaka Da Zulu who led a ragtag army of non-professional soldiers bearing only spears, bows and arrows, to defeat the British army with their guns and ammunition, and went ahead to win several other battles in
the early 1800s.

During the re-enactment many Zulus sang songs and paraded with traditional animal skins, bone necklaces and spears.

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South African actress, Thuso Mbedu, wins Outstanding Breakthrough Actress at Black Reel Awards

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South African actress, Thuso Mbedu, has hit off 2023 in grand style with another international honour under her belt, when she won the Outstanding Breakthrough Actress at the 23rd Black Reel Awards held on Monday in the US.

The Black Reel Awards, also known as The Bolts, is an award that recognises the excellence of African-Americans and the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora in the global film industry.

The KwaZulu-Natal-born star actress who won the award for her stellar performance as Nawi in “The Woman King,” was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress but lost to Angela Bassett for her role as Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.

“The Woman King” which was shot was shot in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape in South Africa as well as other locations in West Africa, dominated the Black Reel Awards with six awards including “Best Picture” while Gina Prince-Bythewood won the Best Director, and Viola Davis scooped the Best Actress award.

“The Woman King” tells the remarkable story of the trials and tribulations of the fierce Agojie warriors and Dahomey.

Mbedu, a multiple award winner, has won the Independent Spirit Award, a Gotham Award and a Hollywood Critics Award for her breakout international starring role in “The Underground Railroad”.

Thuso Mbedu made her international debut in 2021 with the Amazon Video limited series “The Underground Railroad,” making her the first South African actress to lead an American TV series.

The role earned her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series and Outstanding Performance in a New Series at the Gotham Awards, and was also recognised in the New York Times’ list of top 10 best actors of 2022.

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South African trio, Zakes, Wouter, Nomcebo celebrate historic Grammy win

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Three South African entertainers, have made the country proud after winning an award at the 65th annual Grammy Awards held at the Cryto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday night.

The trio of producer and singer Zakes Bantwini, flutist Wouter Kellerman and vocalist, Nomcebo Zikode, won the Best Global Music Performance award for their hit track, Bayethe.

To celebrate their win, the group leader, Zakes, took to social media to thank fans for their support and praised God for the win.

“Being in LA for the Grammys and being able to network and connect with other fellow African artists, music executives and entrepreneurs is such an amazing thing.

“I’ve been busy here with meetings with music executives, taking part in a Grammy Week panel discussion at the Grammy Museum, and later today I’m going to the studio to do some song programming and writing music, and of course getting ready for the big night,” Zakes wrote.

Wouter also shared the moment he and industry colleagues learnt they had won and dedicated the win to the whole of South Africa, while Nomcebo also expressed her gratitude to God for enabling her to grace the world stage.

“Look at God. From Hammarsdale to the world. I never imagined God would take me to such heights and platforms. I want to give a special shoutout to my fans,” she posted.

Before the Grammy Awards, the super stars were honoured on Saturday at an African nominees brunch at Spring Place in Beverly Hills hosted by Guba Enterprises to celebrate outstanding individuals from Africa.

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