Evenings that would usually be spent watching Ring of Lies or shows on the free to air channels are about to be spent watching the latest Mzansi Magic telenovela titled, The Throne.
According to DSTV, the 30-minute Ferguson Films drama will be set in a mythical BaTswana kingdom in the North West Province’s Magaliesburg region. The Throne centres on a divided royal family, with each member on a desperate quest to serve their own interest: be it ascending into the coveted seat or pursuit of freedom, avoiding customary obligation and anxiety. This after "mineral deposits are discovered on their land, and the reigning monarch’s legitimacy is questioned."
The plot will follow Queen Mosadi Kwena (played by Monnye Kunupi), the current ruler and matriarch, who has to decide which of her daughters, Kefilwe (Lerato Zah Moloi) and Mosetsana (Tshegofatso Seakgoe), should ascend to the throne. The Queen’s brother Moseki (Don Mlangeni), also has a claim to power and will therefore look to override tradition and claim power. Described as the "communal sage", a character by the ironic name of Sephiri (played by Seipati Motshwane, who is the custodian of cultural history and boundlessly loyal to the throne is the only person who knows who will truly rise to the throne.
The kingdom traces its lineage back many years, to a momentous event that occurred over five generations ago. A great Tswana king who ruled over a fertile valley discovered a cruel betrayal by his only son. As punishment, he decided to hand over the reins of his kingdom to his beloved eldest daughter, who would become the first in a long line of queens.
His furious son took some of the community with him and founded a rival monarchy – the Morule Kingdom – that many years later still disputes Queen Mosadi’s rightful claim to the throne. Queen Mosadi is a just and brilliant ruler. She was the first in her lineage to receive a university education, and she has put her schooling to great use. She founded a tea company in the fertile valley of Kweneng.
Kwena Tea is sold both locally and internationally and is known to treat a multitude of ailments. It is a herbal infusion that her great aunt introduced to her as a teenager, made from traditional herbs. Queen Mosadi realised the tea had the potential to create great wealth for her community. The wealth has been invested in roads, infrastructure, and in education. She rules over a peaceful kingdom, and her subjects love and adore her. But trouble is brewing in the kingdom of Kweneng.
“The Throne has all the makings of a great local drama: strong characters, an exciting world, treachery, a vicious power struggle, and most importantly, a reluctant hero. The big task will be for the audience to figure out exactly who that hero is, which will be part of the show’s appeal,” commented Reneilwe Sema, M-Net’s Director of Local Entertainment Channels.
The Throne, starts on Monday, 30 July at 7pm and will air Mondays - Thursdays at that same time on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).
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