Shaka is a popular name for the Zulu king and military leader Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. 1787 –1828), a popular character in numerous works of history and fiction.
He is the most legendary of the Zulu kings, a military genius who revolutionized African warfare and subdued a large part of the sub-continent. He was murdered by his brother Dingane, who then assumed the kingship.
A number of novels (notably Mofolo's famous work), epic poems (e.g. by B.W. Vilakazi) and plays have been written on his life.
Plays and films about Shaka
The plays include Shaka by Sam Gorey,
Tsjaka by Pieter Fourie (1940-), written in 1963 and published as Tsjaka in Afrikaans (by Perskor, Johannesburg), as well as Shaka in English (translated by Sheila Gillham, published by Longman, Cape Town) in 1976.
De Beer, 1995
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