Murangi’s Hendrick and Rose Nemalili (photo: Louise Stickland)
South Africa - Murangi Productions started as a family-based technical production and rental company way back in the year 2000. The company is now based in Edenvale, Johannesburg, South Africa and run by Hendrick Nemalili and his wife Rose.
Murangi Productions supplies full-production and crew to corporates, awards ceremonies, live shows, music festivals and a lot of church-based events including gospel shows and has recently expanded its inventory of Robe moving lights, with the purchase of 12 x LEDBeam 150s and 12 x 350s with 12 x Paintes on order.
Like many businesses in South Africa, Murangi Productions scaled back during the pandemic but was robust enough to survive, and they are now steadily gaining momentum again, with the assistance of their 12 full-time staff.
At the end of 2022 Hendrick and Rose were confident enough about the industry bounce back to make this major outlay on new Robe fixtures.
The LEDBeam 150s arrived first shortly after the order was placed, soon followed by the LEDBeam 350s in February of this year.
“We wanted something that was super-punchy and that could be a wash and a beam,” Hendrick said of the LEDBeams admitting that, as a noise boy himself, he called in Murangi’s chief lighting designer, Musa Mthetwa, to advise on the purchase.
They reached out to Duncan Riley from DWR, Robe’s South African distributor, whom they have known for many years, who also recommended the LEDBeams.
The LEDBeam 150s he loves for their tiny size and the fact that they can be used “virtually anywhere” as beams, washes and for general eye candy.
The slightly larger LEDBeam 350 - one of Robe’s most popular fixtures - he describes as “fantastic, super powerful, they work really well for so many different styles of show and have made a huge difference to how we can light events.”
The first show for the new LEDBeams was the 2023 North West Sports Awards held at Sun City Superbowl in March, for which they supplied the full production with Musa as the LD.
It’s perhaps not surprising that these were not the first Robe luminaires in the Murangi house!
Hendrick and Rose visited the Robe factory in Valašské Meziříčí in the Czech Republic this year after the Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt, Germany, and were impressed with the set up.
“It’s very different when you see a product being made for the first time! You can then really appreciate the value and quality of what you’re getting!” he stated, adding that he thinks Robe “really stands out” as a brand for so many different reasons, especially “the human factor involved in the production,” which is something he feels is important and fundamental in business and in life.
Hendrick also has plenty of great comments about DWR and the levels of locally based client and technical support. “You feel like you are their only client - no matter the size of the order,” he concluded.

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