Zimbabwe comedy makes waves in SA

Mothusi Bashimane Ndlovu is riding a wave of success. The comedian and musician-cum-DJ who released his debut comedy DVD titled ‘Sikhobokhobo Power’ last weekend, says it is selling like hot cakes in Johannesburg.

Mothusi Ndlovu – humbled by public response.
Mothusi Ndlovu – humbled by public response.

The comedy shares the life and experiences of Zimbabwean economic migrants living in Johannesburg and Philemon “Mfile” Madlela, the character played by Ndlovu, is the centre of attraction.

Written by Ndlovu, the Director of Shilolo Music, and directed by South African Elvis Phiri, the movie is the first in a series of Sikhobokhobo episodes, centred on the adventures and mischief of an old man, Philemon “Mfile” Madlela.

Launched in Hillbrow last weekend, the DVD sold more than 1,000 copies within a few days of hitting the streets.

“I am humbled by the response people have shown me since we launched our debut DVD,” said Ndlovu, confirming that the comedy has become the most watched DVD in Hillbrow, Yeoville and Berea, areas with a commanding Zimbabwean population.

“A lot of people are already urging me to release a second DVD and the sales that I have recorded so far are just unbelievable – especially considered the widespread piracy in this industry. I also continue to receive calls and messages from fans saying that the DVD is one of the best Zimbabwean initiatives released here so far. I hope this support will continue,” he said.

“I am working hard to get the comedy to ZBC so people at home see how difficult life is for our people residing in South Africa. The play is full of humour but it depicts the reality of life for most of our citizens in Mzansi,” added the artist.

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