9 South African Creatives Featured in Beyoncé’s New Film ‘Black is King’

Beyonce released a teaser of her new film/visual album following the release of her single ‘Black Parade’ which debuted on Juneteeth. The film, which is set to be released later next month is based on the music of ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ and features some South African creatives. ‘Black is King’ is written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé.

We have compiled a list of creatives whose faces and/or work has been spotted on the trailer of the upcoming film. And although it is not yet been confirmed what everyone’s involvement in the film was, we know for sure that they contributed in the making of ‘Black is King’.

Nandi Madida

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Local media personality Nandi Madida has made her mark in the South African entertainment industry for being a musician and presenter. She further solidified her place in the entertainment industry with her acting role in the local telenovela ‘The Road’. The actress appeared twice in the trailer of the film.

Trevor Stuurman 

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Award-winning contemporary multimedia visual artist, Trevor posted on Twitter that he is honoured, blessed, and truly humbled to be a part of this moment in history. Stuurman’s work has been featured on Design Indaba, GQ, and British Vogue to name a few.  

Mmuso Maxwell

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We spotted Mmuso Maxwell’s Toni Africa coat on one of the models featured in the film trailer. The coat is from the collective’s SS20 collection. Evidently, Beyonce is a huge fan of the collective as she was seen wearing a Mmuso Maxwell SS16 suit at the Global Citizen Festival in 2018. 

Warren Masemola

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We also spotted the SAFTA award-winning actor Warren Masemola on the trailer. Masemola is one of the most talented artists we have in our country. He is popularly known for his roles in Ses’Top La, Tjovitjo, and Five Fingers for Marseilles. 

Connie Chiume

Veteran actress Connie Chuime is best known for her roles on local TV soapies like Gomora, Rhythm City, and Zone 6. In 2018, she starred in Marvel’s highly acclaimed superhero movie ‘Black Panther’.

Nyaniso Dzedze

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Nyaniso is best known for playing the lead, Muzi, in South Africa’s first dance feature film Hear Me Move. He is also recognized for playing Tsietsi Namane on South Africa’s celebrated Telenovella, etv’s Ashes To Ashes, and noted as Luther on South Africa’s TV show, High Rollers.

John Kani

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No stranger to the international big screen, veteran actor John Kani has previously worked with Beyoncé on the remaking of ‘The Lion King’. He is most popular for his roles on Black Panther (2018), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and The Lion King (2019).

Sheli Nyathi- Masondo

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Sheli is a wardrobe stylist and costume designer. She has previously worked on Red Pepper Productions, I See A Different You and Bomb Productions. She allegedly did the styling and wardrobe design for the South African leg of the film.

Gemaén Taylor 

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Although he is commonly known for his influencer work on Coca-Cola, H&M, 4th Street, New Balance, Elemis, and Consol Glass, Gemaén Jordan Taylor also dabbles presenting. He hosted the iDesign and the Weekend Hangout Session on GauTv. He confirmed on his IG that he flew to New York in December to be a part of the film.

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