Shaka Zulu still invokes fear in the hearts of black Africans, even to this day. I lived in South Africa for 20 years, and I once asked our elderly maid (Who was a Zulu) about Shaka Zulu. Terror was written all over her face at mention of a man so evil yet so powerful. She never wanted to speak about him again.
Folklore indeed, but folklore has its point of origin. What people don't remember is that Shaka had absolute power over his people, and each of their lives. This is portrayed very much in the movie. When I first saw this as a mini-series I loved it, and thought it was an excellent portayel of a mighty warrior with a formidable intellect, that at one time was a real problem for the British, a country that was thousands of years more technologically advanced than his own.
In this DVD Henry Cele delivers a perfect likeness of the real Shaka Zulu, an incredibly brilliant man with a strong physique, who had a awful childhood, for which, through brilliant madness, he savagely took revenge, to become ultimate ruler of his world, the Zulu nation.
.....How many people have you heard of has done that before ?