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Must Read! Mwine Mushi, Kasaka’s Life Story

By MUBANGA NONDO

THEIR characters may be comical but they spread messages of real life in all their casts.

One can not help but laugh while watching the locally produced comedy called Mwine Mushi on Muvi TV because of the mischief one naughty character always causes to the village headman.

These actors are Robam Mwape, known as Mwine Mushi and Webster Chiluba, known as Kasaka, the main characters in this interesting television comedy.

The two always cause laughter with their sense of humour during their acts which no doubt has become a house-hold comedy.

Robam acts as a village headman in a village which houses a naughty character called Kasaka.

He said the role he plays is about people and their way of life as he is fascinated by them.

Born in Ndola, 36 years ago to Ray Mwape and Charity Mwape in a family of 10, Robam attended a number of schools due to the nature of his father’s job who worked in the bank. Robam lifestyle revolves around reading and leads a very simple life. “I am very approachable,” he said.

Suffice to say that Mwine Mushi which translatedas village Headman’ is the brother to actors Clive Mwape who played the role of Mike Mbao in the Ndola produced soap, Loose Ends and his immediate older brother Owas Mwape who played the role of Chembo, Maybin Kabanana’s lawyer in the Kabanana soap.

So from his is evident that the Mwapes are a family of actors who are bent of entertaining people.

Robam played the role of Matongo in Kabanana, he was a replacement for Phakeni Makowane after his brother Owas, who was already in the cast, facilitated a meeting between him and the producer of the soap Lawrence Thompson.

But Robam’s job did not just end at acting, he used to play it double by writing scripts and some episodes of Kabanana along Bob Nkosha of the

Dorika and the Big Dudes fame.

He later got a contract to be in charge of production at the Muvi TV studios on the Copperbelt and that was how the Muvi TV Copperbelt office was born in Kitwe.

He often uses the character of Mwine Mushi to cover up for his inefficiencies.

Whereas, Mwine Mushi is talkative and so quick to give his opinion, Robam is a reserved and shy person who often avoids crowds.

He recalls his most embarrassing moment as being the time when he had a crash on a girl but was turned down.

“I always laugh at such experiences when I sit down to recall them now,” he adds.

He hopes to have a lot of films to his name because filming is what he has great passion for.

“But what interests me most, for some reason, are the Bemba sentiments, (not because I am Bemba of course) but sentiments which

Mwine Mushi uses to express most of the everyday happenings,” Robam said.

He attributes 80 per cent of the deep Bemba idioms that he often uses in the cast to his mother, while some of the gestures that he uses he mimicks his father plus a few others that he has picked up along the way.

“To this effect, I realise that children are mostly affected by what their parents do and say, I say am a typical example,” he notes.

He said the challenge faced during production of Mwine Mushi is when a cameraperson has to abruptly stop filming because there is a lot of laughter that takes place on stage.

“We do a lot of laughing on stage and that makes majority of us go off-set.

So sometimes the cameraperson has to stop shooting because some character is laughing out loudly at some point in the course of the production,”Mwape said.

Mwine Mushi cast is filmed in Ndola’s Chipulukusu area but if one is watching it for the first time, he or she would definitely ask as to which village is depicted in the comedy as it appears real.

Robam and Webster have blended so well with other characters from Chipulukusu Township, a place the duo describe as their village.

“The secret is, we do not appear to be different from the local people when we go to film.

“All we do is to identify ourselves with the local people. We live and behave just like them, hence we have no problems interacting.

“The local people have accepted us to be part of them and we have blended so well with them,” Robam said.

And born in Ndola in 1980, Webster (Kasaka) is the sixth born in a family of seven. He has two children.

Unlike Robam who is shy, Webster is more out going.

He enjoys listening to music and watching movies. He is also a Gospel singer.

“I also sing gospel music with Gabby of the Ichalo chipya besides being his manager.

“I sing gospel music so well that if you listen to my music, you would not resist but sing along to praise the Lord with me,” Webster said.

He said he rarely walks around places without people screaming out his stage name.

And that he was surprised when his four-year-old son told him that he would stop going to school one day because his friends always called him by his father’s stage name, Kasaka.

He gives an account of how he was mobbed by a group of people at a time he went to visit his aunt within in Ndola all in the name of just catching a glimpse of him.

“You see, it has become difficult for me to move because even when you jump on a mini bus, you end up disembarking even when you did not intend to, because you hear people laughing about the performances in the

Mwine Mushi comedy so I end up getting taxis all the time I have to move around,” he said.

Webster said he does not like nshima as perceived by some people but that he enjoys braiis and his drink, (Of course his beer).

But he quickly said he is disciplined to this end.

He said people recommend him to be handsome when they see him in real life adding that he is disguised by the attire he wraps himself in during the cast.

However, both Mwine Mushi and Kasaka have one thing to say-the production of the comedy wears them to the bone because of the facial expressions that they put up during the cast.

“We make faces to portray the aged men and the body language also to depict the aged and believe it or not we get so tired at the end of every cast,” they said.

Webster was discovered by Robam while at Masala Secondary School when he was in grade 11.

“I refer to Webster as ‘my own child’, because I spotted the talent in him at a somewhat tender age,” Robam said.

It was while at Masala Secondary School that the duo started acting together. Webster said he owes it to Robam because he (Mwine Mushi) has been his director to this day.

“You build a character out of someone and on the other hand, I believe that an actor should have certain elements for the character they are playing within themselves.

For one to pull and portray a character, we also use such characters to market a brand,” Mwape said.

Robam gives an example of how the Mwine Mushi concept came about.

“It was initially meant to be an advert for Ndola Lime but Muvi TV executive director, Steve Nyirenda liked it and asked us to build on it and turn it in to a production,” he said

In trying to find the “root cause” of some of the problems that society encounters today, Robam advises the audience not take the

Mwine Mushi comedy so casually but that it should be regarded as a reality which carries along with it messages that have a lot of teachings about real life in every episode.

In simple terms, Mwine Mushi is about realities of life. The little teachings that Kasaka and Mwine Mushi bring on the screen, bundled together, can transform a lot of lives in our society if properly followed.

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83 Responses to Must Read! Mwine Mushi, Kasaka’s Life Story

  1. Mu Sabala Wa pa Zed Reply

    July 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    The comedy is really bad, one old lady who was on the same Minibus with Kasaka was thrilled to learn that she was on the same bus with him, after drawing near him she said “ Ah Mulumendo kanshi ulimusumafye nomba nishi wa ilembela kunuma ati Swaziniger.”

  2. Youngest DJ Reply

    July 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I like thiz guys they are simply the Best. I buy evry season they release. Kasaka mwine mushi alikwata kakaputula epo balemba at 2010 world cup.

  3. Kennycool Reply

    July 25, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Fascinating actions on mwine……keep it up guys

  4. jopaz Reply

    July 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

    am buying today, never seen it, thot it was one of these boring zed comedies like chintelelwe

  5. Phakeni Makowane Reply

    July 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I Think Mwine Mushi Is One Of The Best Indigenous Artistic Projects To Come Out Of Zambia In The Recent Past. It Is Well Researched, Packed With Humour And Highly Entertainmening. This Project Deserves The Support Of All Well Meaning Zambians For It Accurately Depicts Zambian Life From That Perspective. Simply Fantastic!

  6. Edward Msoni Reply

    July 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    More real than fiction is what MWINE MUSHI is,upto date teachings and counselling is what i get from them. Robam true is very different from Mwine Mushi as i know him, i’ve come to like him in both coats. God bless you the more guys.

  7. Mimi Reply

    July 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Kasaka nshileshyentekwa noku shyentekwa iyoo kuti nakucusha ububi sana ilimuntu umo uwalamba sana mumano yobe…aasrit….kkip it up bane iyi ekomedy so zambicious.

  8. george Reply

    July 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

    you guys are very good. thumbs up 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. truth pains Reply

    July 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    hey

  10. correctedZ Reply

    July 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Agree with you George, “thumbs up 100%!!!!!!!!” When something is good, IT IS JUST GOOD!

  11. Chita get out...! Reply

    July 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Abakali bakali…u guys are simply the best..aasryt.!

  12. patricia Reply

    July 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

    just amazing I watch you guz everyday keep it up – though could you also introduce other local languages if possible – go to lozi , tonga and ngoni land – and bring other amazing lyrics.
    would nominate you for any award – all the best

  13. sonny Reply

    July 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Keep it up!!! Kasaka and Mwine mushi are simply the best!!!! thumps up! 100%!!!!

  14. MILS Reply

    July 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

    guys i and my children we like u keep it up God bless you

  15. Chileshe Lombe Reply

    July 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I never miss an episode, this is truly Zambian comdey at its best. Keep it up!

  16. fair bird Reply

    July 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    NEVER COMPARE A STRIKER AND A WINGER KASAKA AND MWINE MUNSHI ACT DIFFERENT COMEDY COMPARED TO BIKKILON AND DIFF(U ARE SO FASCINATING GUYS KEEP ON)

  17. urbanlegend Reply

    July 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    learn 2 sumarise wev a lat 2 do!

  18. Ruth Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

    There is one episode i watched called ichibili. With a guy called Boozebay. funny character too. Kapaso and Shi George are also my favs

  19. shoes Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

    The guys are great but just one que on Kasaka on the Two kids mentioned. Is the One in K/Sq II included?

  20. chingola Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    The guys are talented.Now,do they practice/rehearse before they act or they act free-style?

  21. Katongo Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Its a very good comedy I enjoy it

  22. sata Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    mmmmmmh

  23. IQ Reply

    September 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    KAPASO WA WRONG,i like this guyz there naturally good keep it up.

  24. Measuring Tape Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Bane mwalipesha metre, kip it up.

  25. CB Reply

    November 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

    i love the comedy..its great keep it up guys

  26. Elijah Reply

    November 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I like the comedy. Everything about this comedy is good

  27. Koswe Banda Reply

    December 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Allow abena billion to join u because they are finished. They are now just eating biscuits, very serious. Bafwilisheniko guys nabapwa sana.

  28. Moses Reply

    December 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

    No matter how sad i am you guys make me laugh keep it up guys.

  29. nakadinya Reply

    December 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

    @ Bikillon and Diff patali teti bafikeko kuli Mwine Mushi commedy those guys are opportunists they just wand to make money out of insulting no wonder one of them was in political campaigns come on grow up and build something that will make us happy not ifyabupuba ifi matoloshi fyamkwelelo ububi nefisapato fya plastic twatendwa fwayeniko fimbi you are just fake comedians.

  30. mariana bwalya Reply

    March 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    days some comedy to feast ur eyes on

  31. chileshe trevors k Reply

    September 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    This guys are the best they make me cry with tears of Joy.

  32. Pr. Chimba John Mwansa Reply

    January 18, 2014 at 5:39 am

    “Polish up you gift for it shall bring you before great men,” the bible says.
    Folks what you are doing is great in this country. Remember that you have created employment for people who sale your videos on the street, you cause people to laugh even when they are sad, you have brought people together and united in different places.
    I play that May the good Lord continue to enlarge your territory as you soldier on in this environment in a victorious way. “I have unspeaks.”

    Be blessed.

  33. Mushashu Mwape Reply

    March 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I live in South Africa and recently got engaged to a lovely Zambian woman who brings me dvd’s of Mwine Mushi. I cry my eyes out watching Kasaka and Mwine Mushi’s antics. I think it is BRILLIANT, funny and educating at the same time my only wish is that they should stat shooting it in High Definition. Big Up!!!

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