SA stars shine at Black Pan­ther pre­miere

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Front Page - NONTOKOZO GXUMISA non­toko­zog@the­newage.co.za

LO­CAL stars and mem­bers of the Black Pan­ther cast John Kani, Atandwa Kani and Con­nie Chi­ume rubbed shoul­ders with Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters at the pre­miere of their new film on Mon­day.

The trio put the best fash­ion feet for­ward in their African-in­spired re­galia. The fa­ther and son duo were both clad in Max­hosa de­signer en­sem­bles while Chi­ume walked the red car­pet in a sub­tle long blue and cream white dress.

Speak­ing to reporters, Kani said the film was sig­nif­i­cant be­cause he felt strongly about por­tray­ing an African char­ac­ter in a good light.

“Very rarely do we find the comic book he­roes be­ing African and play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role with the en­tire com­pany be­ing African and not vil­lains, but be­ing good peo­ple who want to see a bet­ter life and a bet­ter world,” Kani said.

He said it was im­por­tant for him to play King T’Chaka to in­tro­duce a dif­fer­ent im­age about Africa.

“An African who would be a global fig­ure, an African who cares, who gives and who con­trib­utes to world peace,” he said.

Black Pan­ther is the first black su­per­hero in­tro­duced to the main­stream comic world in an is­sue of Fan­tas­tic Four in 1966. Slated for re­lease in lo­cal cin­e­mas on Fe­bru­ary 14, the new film is set in the imag­i­nary African king­dom of Wakanda. Some scenes are filmed in Wakan­dian which is, in fact, Xhosa.

Atandwa Kani

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