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Beat the Drum (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 November 2006 (Hong Kong)
Young Musa is orphaned after a mysterious illness strikes his village in KwaZulu Natal. To help his grandmother, Musa sets out for Johannesburg with his father's last gift, a tribal drum, ... See full summary »

Director:

David Hickson

Writer:

David McBrayer (as W. David McBrayer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Singo Junior Singo ... Musa
Owen Sejake Owen Sejake ... Nobe Lebese
Mary Twala Mary Twala ... Ntombi
Clive Scott Clive Scott ... Pieter Botha
Noluthando Maleka Noluthando Maleka ... Letti (as Nolatandu Maleke)
Adelaide Shabalala Adelaide Shabalala ... Village Sangoma
Lennox Matheboe Lennox Matheboe ... Ayize
Bhekhimusi Mkize Bhekhimusi Mkize ... Stick Fighting Kid #1
Thulani Xolo Thulani Xolo ... Stick Fighting Kid #2
Glen Gabela Glen Gabela ... Teacher
Dineo Nchabeleng Dineo Nchabeleng ... Thandi (as Dinco Nchebeleng)
Jeremiah Ndlovu Jeremiah Ndlovu ... Village Elder
Elliot Makhubo Elliot Makhubo ... Village Man
Lindelani Buthelezi Lindelani Buthelezi ... Truckstop Owner
Pumi Mkhwanazi Pumi Mkhwanazi ... Prostitute (as Pumi Mkuwanazi)
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Young Musa is orphaned after a mysterious illness strikes his village in KwaZulu Natal. To help his grandmother, Musa sets out for Johannesburg with his father's last gift, a tribal drum, in search of work and his uncle. The journey confronts him with the stark realities of urban life, but his indomitable spirit never wavers; he returns with a truth and understanding his elders have failed to grasp. Written by Zoe Elton

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Zulu

Release Date:

2 November 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Bate toba! See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Z Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Beat The Drum can't be beat!
30 November 2006 | by RobertVaughanJrSee all my reviews

"Beat The Drum" can't be beat! The movie has won many top awards; the actual count, based on what I've just read, is now at 29! I've seen the movie and only wish they could bottle the effect it has on folks. Kudos to Junior Singo and Owen Sejake for such great performances!

There's nothing small about little Junior Singo, he's big in this movie! Klaus Badelt doesn't disappoint - as the music is memorable and truly compliments the movie. Congratulations are certainly in order for the two Davids ... Screenwriter & Producer David McBrayer and Director David Hickson ... who did themselves proud!

I think the movie is about making a difference, against overwhelming odds. David McBrayer's Little Musa has certainly influenced a lot of folks ... and he will you too! It's a wonderful movie with an important message, made by people with an obvious passion for doing the right things and doing them right!

We can all see it on Showtime in December, starting on the 1st at 8:00 p.m. ... I'm certainly going to watch it again ... join me, you'll be glad you did!


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