There is good news, and bad news for fans who have been looking forward to director and producer, Lineo Sekeleoane’s much-anticipated rom-com, Zulu Wedding.
It has been announced that the film, initially scheduled for release later this month, will now only premiere on 20 April 2018.
Sekeleoane explains: “While we were extremely excited about the February release date, several new ideas started to take shape in recent months and we needed time to mobilise the right people to launch these initiatives. As such, we had no choice but to move the release date to April.”
The first of these initiatives is that instead of only showing the film locally, Zulu Wedding will be released simultaneously throughout Africa, with VIP screenings in several countries.
“We are currently working on a surprise screening in Los Angeles, but our goal is to tour the African continent with Zulu Wedding and premiere it in as many countries as possible,” says Sekeleoane.
“With the support of our funders, Tsoga Afrika Lifestyle, we will also be launching a pop-up cinema campaign to ensure that people in rural and low access township areas will be able to watch the film. This is aimed at starting new township economies that will rebuild the ‘bioscope’ moviegoing culture that was so popular in the townships during the 1980s,” she adds.
Furthermore, inspired by Casper Nyovest’s Fill up the Dome, the team behind Zulu Wedding is hoping to sell 1 million tickets for the film – a goal that will be driven by the #1MillionTicketsSoldforZuluWedding social media campaign.
All these initiatives will be supported by a star-studded soundtrack, curated by DJ Maphorisa and featuring Afrotainment’s Tira and Prince Bulo, Kelly Khumalo, Goapele, Shekhinah and JR, among others.
Watch the Zulu Wedding trailer here.