Balobedu Royal Council Reject MultiChoice’s Queen Modjadji Drama Series

The cast from the Mzansi Magic show Queen Modjaji. Actress Makoma Mohale plays the part of Queen Modjaji.

The Balobedu Royal Council has expressed disapproval of the Mzansi Magic series Queen Modjaji, which is slated to debut on Sunday, claiming that the show’s makers never consulted with them.

The royal council claims that neither MultiChoice nor the producers, Duma ka Ndlovu, addressed them before creating the series, which is inspired by the world-famous Balobedu rainmaker, the first Queen Modjadji, whose bloodline has controlled South Africa’s Balobedu Clan for centuries.

Queen Modjadji is set to debut on Mzansi Magic on July 14, 2024.

According to Multichoice and the acclaimed poet and producer, Ka Ndlovu, this series allows viewers to participate with Lobedu culture and traditions. The drama series will also depict how Queen Modjadji managed to manufacture rain.

The cast from the Mzansi Magic show Queen Modjaji. Actor Wiseman Zitha plays Mamila.

However, the Royal Council does not approve of the series because neither Multichoice nor the producer spoke with them before creating it.

“It is crucial that any representation of our cultural heritage is accurate, respectful, involves thorough consultation and consent from the Balobedu Royal Council and recognition of Her Majesty, Rain Queen Masalanabo Modjadji,” according to a statement issued on Sunday, April 10.

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The Royal Council further stated that Her Majesty, Queen Masalanabo Modjadji, will not tolerate her history being altered and misrepresented, either by spoken language or mis-narration, for commercial interests.

They stated that the queen will not be overlooked or disrespected in matters impacting her country and people.

The cast from the Mzansi Magic show Queen Modjaji. Actress Helen Lebepe plays Rasibe.

“We urge all stakeholders, including Multichoice and the producers of Queen Modjadji, to engage in meaningful dialogue with the Balobedu Royal Council and Her Majesty, Rain Queen Masalanabo Modjadji VII, to ensure that any depiction of Balobedu heritage is done with sensitivity, authenticity and acknowledgement of the profound role of Rain Queens in our community,” said the Royal Council.

In a press release in February, MultiChoice said it was researching and consulting with key stakeholders, tribal leaders, and academic experts, before scripting and casting.

The show is set to air on Mzansi Magic’s 8pm Sunday night prime spot.

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