Zambezia (film)

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Zambezia Movie Poster 2012.jpg
Directed by Wayne Thornley
Produced by Mike Buckland
Stuart Forrest
James Middletown
Anthony Silverston
Screenplay by Andrew Cook
Raffaella Delle Donne
Anthony Silverston
Wayne Thornley
Music by Bruce Retief
Distributed by Cinema Management Group (international)
Sony Pictures (English territories)
Release dates July 3, 2012
Running time 83 minutes
Country South Africa
Language English
Budget R173 million ($20 million)[1]
Box office $34,428,345[2]

Zambezia (also known as Adventures in Zambezia) is a 2012 South African 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film, which was released on July 3, 2012. It was directed by Wayne Thornley, written by Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, and Anthony Silverston, it is the first film produced by Triggerfish Animation Studios and distributed by Cinema Management Group and Sony Pictures in English territories. This film features the voice talents of Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Samuel L. Jackson. It tells the story of a young falcon bird who leaves the desolate desert where he lives with his father to discover action and adventure in the big city of Zambezia.


Kai is a naive, but high-spirited young Peregrine falcon who lives with his father Tendai. After a visit from Gogo and Tini, Kai travels to "Zambezia," a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls where he discovers the truth about his origins and learns how to be part of the community. While learning of his father's past, Kai ends up having to work with the Hurricanes to protect Zambezia from the evil Budzo who has persuaded the Marabous (who have been left out of the development of Zambezia) to help him with his invasion.



The film won the Best South African Feature Film[3] at the Durban International Film Festival in 2012. It also won Best Animation at the South African Film and Television Awards and Best Animation at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards.


Award Category Recipient Result
Annie Awards[4] Music in an Animated Feature Production Bruce Retief Nominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Jim Cummings
Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Animation Wayne Thornley Won


Adventures in Zambezia (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released September 20, 2013
Recorded 2012-2013
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 36:19
Label Triggerfish
Producer Bruce Retief

The original motion picture soundtrack for the film was written, composed and produced by Bruce Retief, which was released on September 20, 2013 through Triggerfish in digital download. It includes fourteen tracks, with music from Retief as the film's score composer, and studio performances from various artists, including Gang of Instrumentals, Zolani Mahola (who also provided the voice of a weaver in the film), and Ludovic Mampuya. It is available on iTunes[5] and on Amazon.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All music written and composed by Bruce Retief, except where noted.

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Get Up"   Zolani Mahola 3:38
2. "Bandits"     1:18
3. "High Speed Air Chase"     1:56
4. "The Gorge"     4:32
5. "Cecil's Lament"     3:00
6. "Flying to Zambezia"     3:06
7. "Say Hello to Zambezia"   Gang of Instrumentals 2:30
8. "Zambezia Theme Variations"     1:18
9. "Hurricane Trials"     2:36
10. "Lizards on Zambezia"     2:40
11. "Fight on the Bridge"     3:04
12. "Budzo's End"     1:12
13. "Out of Mist"   Ludovic Mampuya 3:19
14. "Easy Easy"   Gang of Instrumentals 2:10
Total length:


  1. ^ Naidoo, Romaana. "Triggerfish takes on the big boys". Media Club South Africa. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Zambezia (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Durban International Film Festival: All the winners". Deadline. July 30, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Annie Award Nominations Unveiled". Deadline. December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Adventures in Zambezia (Motion Picture Soundtrack) on iTunes iTunes Retrieved September 6, 2014
  6. ^ Adventures in Zambezia (Motion Picture Soundtrack) on Retrieved September 6, 2014

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