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Nearly two-thirds of this year’s SAFTA winners in the TV categories are available to binge now on Showmax.


Want to watch the best local productions out there? Then stay glued to Showmax, where over 66% of the winners in the TV categories are ready for a mega-binge, including all the telenovela winners, 12 out of the 13 drama winners, the best reality, natural history, lifestyle and variety shows, as well as the best documentary and short film winners.

Here are six of last night’s big winners you can stream right now.

The River

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With 10 awards, 1Magic’s The River was the most awarded series overall at the SAFTAs – for the second year in a row. This follows its International Emmy nomination last year.

Set against a backdrop of the dirty business of diamond mining, 1Magic’s thrill-a-minute telenovela The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is home to exquisite mansions populated by society’s upper crust, like the Dlaminis, who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth; the other by those, like the Dikana family, who have little to show for their hard work.

Produced by Tshedza Pictures, who also make Best Drama winner The Republic, The River won Best Telenovela, Best Actress (Sindi Dlathu) and Best Supporting Actress (Mary-Anne Barlow) as well craft awards for Directing, Script, Editing, Sound, Cinematography, Wardrobe, and Hair and Makeup.

Other winners in the category included Arendsvlei, which won Best Actor for Roberto Kyle and a craft award for Art Direction; The Queen, which won Best Supporting Actor for Loyiso MacDonald; and Isibaya, which won Best Music.

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The Republic

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With seven awards, Mzansi Magic’s The Republic was the most-awarded drama series and the second most awarded series overall.

Set in an alternative universe in present-day South Africa, The Republic follows the country’s first female president, Lufuno Zandile Mulaudzi (Florence Masebe), who’s determined to fight corruption and turn the country around.

Produced by Tshedza Pictures, who also make Best Telenovela winner The River, The Republic won Best Drama, Best Actress (Florence Masebe) and Best Supporting Actor (Seputla Sebogodi) as well as craft awards for Directing, Scriptwriting, Cinematography, Sound, and Music.

Other winners in the category included eHostela, which won Best Actor for Wiseman Mncube; iThemba, which won Best Supporting Actress for Brenda Ngxoli; Ifalakahe, which won craft awards for Best Wardrobe and Makeup and Hair and Die Spreeus, which won a craft for Editing.

Congratulations @FloMasebe. #SAFTAs14. You may let this pass as just but one of those things; but this time, we won’t let your humility get in the way of what many of us believe you deserved many a years back… BRAVO.

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Living the Dream with Somizi

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2020 is turning into quite a year for Somizi: he tied the knot a second time with Mohale, watched their Showmax wedding special break records on the platform, and last night Living The Dream With Somizi was named Best Structured or Docu-Reality Show at the SAFTAs.

Season 4 of the Mzansi Magic show saw the Idols SA judge engaged and living with Mohale for the first time, and followed the build up to their spectacular traditional wedding ceremony.

Elders: Japan

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At last night’s SAFTAs, kykNET’s Elders: Japan won Best Lifestyle Show.

In this travelogue, Erns Grundling, who gave us Elders: Die Camino, heads to Japan to walk two more pilgrimages and see if the country is ready for the Rugby World Cup.

He attempts to conquer Mount Fuji in thick snow, and interviews several international rugby players ahead of the World Cup. He also explores Japan’s wonderful culture, cuisine, incredible cities and scenery, and even tries to be a samurai warrior, ninja and sumo wrestler.

This fun series will entice you to put Japan on your travel bucket list.

Buddha in Africa

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At last night’s SAFTAs, Buddha in Africa won both Best Documentary and Best Directing.

In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan?

Directed by South African Nicole Schafer, Buddha in Africa was praised by Variety as “a complicated portrait of what’s been described as the latest chapter in Africa’s long struggle against colonization.”

Buddha in Africa screened at IDFA 2019, arguably the world’s top documentary festival, as part of their prestigious Best of Fests line-up, after winning Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War

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At last night’s SAFTAs, Stroop won for Best Natural History and Environmental Programme.

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War is a gripping wildlife crime thriller of a documentary that takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride between Africa and Asia. Two first-time filmmakers, award-winning editor Susan Scott (The Last Lions) and 50/50 presenter Bonné de Bod, embed themselves on the frontlines of the rhino poaching crisis, where they are given exclusive access to the war as it unfolds on the ground.

Carving out six months for the project, the two women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, only emerging from their odyssey four years later. The resulting film has won over 25 international awards, including Best of Festival at The International Wildlife Film Festival, and was shortlisted for two awards at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife filmmaking world.

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Westworld renewed for S4

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

HBO has renewed the Emmy-winning drama series Westworld for a fourth season.

“From the western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy,” noted Bloys. “We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”

Westworld returned to M-Net (DStv 101) for its eight-episode third season in March. Seasons 1 and 2 are also available to binge on Showmax.

A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the question of free will, the show was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are also executive producers. Nolan directed the season’s premiere episode, which has surpassed nine million viewers across all platforms.

Westworld was lauded as “the most epic show on TV” by Decider. TV Guide hailed the season as “dazzling,” “exhilarating,” and “incredibly relevant,” and Variety called it a “crowdpleasing ride through the world of the future.” The New York Times deemed it “sleek and eye-catching,” while NPR called season three “more entertaining than ever before.”

Westworld was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with Denise Thé, J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis, and Ben Stephenson. Production companies: Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.


Watch Westworld Mondays at 22:00 on M-Net (DStv 101) and on Showmax Mondays at 23:00.

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The Guptagate documentary How To Steal A Country is now streaming first on Showmax, just in time for the Freedom Day long weekend, with early reviews calling it “An excellent documentary, one of the best ever made in our country” (Leon van Nierop in Rapport); “Nothing short of remarkable… the definitive example of speaking truth to power so that this can never be allowed to happen again” (John Harvey, Dispatch news editor); and “Essential viewing for all South Africans” (Spling).

With the Emmy-winning Miners Shot Down and One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival winner Everything Must Fall, Rehad Desai made the definitive documentaries on Marikana and #feesmustfall respectively.

 

Now, in How To Steal A Country, co-directed by Emmy winner Mark J Kaplan (The Village Under The Forest, The Lion Sleeps Tonight), Desai turns his unflinching gaze to another defining moment in South Africa’s recent history: the rise and fall of the Gupta family.

 

As editor Ferial Haffajee puts it in the documentary, “They came here as traders. They sold shoes out of the boot of their car… And they left here as multi-billionaires.”

 

Desai’s take on how they accomplished that is a suspenseful detective story uncovering one huge bribery scandal after another, involving the top echelons of political power and several well-known multinational corporations.

 

As investigative journalist Thanduxolo Jika says in the documentary, “It’s been almost ten years of unabated looting. They estimate that it’s close to a trillion that the whole state capture debacle cost the country. A country that has got the highest unemployment rate, the highest rate of people who live in poverty. A trillion could have changed their lives.”

 

“The country has never known anything other than state capture – under Apartheid, it was the same,” says Kaplan. “So in a way, everything that we’re experiencing was built into the system. The Guptas didn’t invent anything – they just perfected it.”

 

“Part of state capture in South Africa was not just the extraction of funds from institutions like Eskom or Denel or whatever it is,” says then finance minister Pravin Gordhan in the documentary. “It was also the capture and the almost decapitation of the relevant law enforcement institutions. You had a double whammy. You had the freedom to steal but you also had freedom from prosecution.”

 

In How To Steal A Country, journalist Richard Poplak traces the turning of the tide against the Guptas to their landing at Waterkloof airbase, a National Key Point, for a family wedding. “I think one of the defining moments in the history of democratic South Africa was the landing at Waterkloof,” says Poplak. “This moment of overreach where they flexed so much muscle, you know, they strained their biceps so massively, they actually tore through their clothing and we got a peak at how this actually works.“

 

Former president Jacob Zuma’s firing of two finance ministers in quick succession raised further questions, but the smoking gun was the #GuptaLeaks – a trove of over 300 000 emails and documents akin to the Panama Papers, laying bare the modus operandi of the Guptas and their associates.

 

“The Gupta leaks are this huge treasure trove,” says investigative journalist Susan Comrie in the documentary. “What we figure out from the leaks is that you’ve got Gupta lieutenants heading up state-owned companies. You’ve got ministers that are in their pockets; you’ve got these all-expenses-paid trips to India, Dubai. We figure out that the president’s son has a residence permit in Dubai. I mean the emails really confirm the inner workings of deals that have been made between Gupta companies and particularly the big state-owned companies, Transnet and Eskom.”

 

Speaking about the Gupta leaks, Poplak says, “I’ve tried to describe to people all the time what it’s like to be inside those emails. You kind of feel the revoltingness sort of rise up your oesophagus as you go along.“

 

“The problem with the news is we get all these snippets and small parts of the jigsaw puzzle but we never get to see the full picture,” says Desai. “This film in many ways was a response to the then minister of finance’s appeal to join the dots – and from the feedback we’re getting, people find it jaw-dropping and gobsmacking and surreal when they see it all.”

“At times the documentary is hard to stomach because we are reminded of how brazen the looting was,” says Kaplan. “And how close we still are to becoming a failed state in big part as a consequence. What we have tried to do in the film is to show just how bad it was. But, in actuality, it was much worse.”

 

“I think the post-COVID world will have a lot less tolerance for this kind of thing,” says Desai. “It’s clear we need a different type of society and that all available resources will now be required to make society less vulnerable.”

 

Former president Zuma and the Gupta family have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. To date, there have been no successful prosecutions of people involved in state capture,

 

Watch the trailer:

https://youtu.be/jxt9eHWktm0

 

Watch How To Steal A Country first on Showmax:
https://www.showmax.com/eng/movie/ac4kolml-how-to-steal-a-country

 

7 of the best quotes from the documentary:

 

Investigate journalist Susan Comrie “Journalism has gone through a rough time everywhere, but in the last few years I think we’ve really felt our importance. We’ve realised how important it is to have really thorough investigative journalism. It was one of the few things that held democracy together, until the other parts of the state could, could be uncaptured, could recover.”

 

Lawyer Brian Currin “Not only in South Africa but in Sub Saharan Africa, every single country inherited institutions that were extractive. When you inherit institutions and they were extractive, it’s very easy to fall into the practices of the coloniser. I think that is part of our problem and what we see today – practices that are not dissimilar from what colonisers were doing.”

 

Rajesh Sundaram, News Editor, ANN7 “President Zuma would tell me as editor about how the editorial policy should be. He would say that he didn’t want an out-and-out propaganda station. He wanted there to be a very positive approach, as far as the ANC was concerned, and more specifically the coterie around them in the ANC. And also he wanted his rivals, both within the ANC and outside, to be featured, but featured in a negative light, and he said that it should not be direct, it should be subtle. Only then would people give this station any credibility. And he needed a station like this, which, unlike the other stations, would sing his praises.“

 

Rajesh Sundaram, News Editor, ANN7  “I was conned into coming in… for what I believe was a mafia-like operation for setting up a propaganda station, which I did not want to in the first place. I’d never been as scared as that in my entire life. And believe me I’ve covered civil war, I’ve covered wars and riots, but those last few days when I was in South Africa were the most scary in my life. I actually thought that I would die, that I would not see my family again.”

 

Editor Ferial Haffajee “I picked up my phone, and I noticed these very weird images of me… very clearly meant to demean and shame me. The thing that I realise now is that it worked because I kept quiet about it for months and I would call up my family and say ‘Hey, it’s not me in those pictures’ because clearly it impacted and it hurt and I needed people to know that it wasn’t me on the lap of a billionaire, Johann Rupert, or in his bed – those were some of the other images… Women journalists are often attacked and demeaned in these ways when… we say things that people don’t like. It’s a very easy revenge tactic.”

 

Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan “Some are saying that about a hundred billion Rands might have disappeared. A hundred billion Rands is approximately eight-and-a-half to nine per cent of total government expenditure.”

 

Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan “The only thing we’re interested in is how fifty-five million people can become richer, not a few.”

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Netflix today announced the feature film Vinterviken 2021, a modern adaptation of Mats Wahl’s acclaimed novel Vinterviken, which was turned into a successful film in 1996.

 

The story is set in Stockholm 2021 and focuses on the love story between Elisabeth and John John. The two youngsters are raised in the same city, yet they live light years apart, separated economically, socially and culturally. Until the day they start in the same high school class.

 

 

Vinterviken 2021 will be produced by Filmlance International, a part of Endemol Shine Group, with Teresa Alldén as producer and Alexis Almström as director. Dunja Vujovic serves as the screenwriter. The three of them have previously collaborated on Top Dog, a tv series based on Jens Lapidus trilogy.

 

 

Teresa Alldén, producer: “Mats Wahl’s novel portrays a timeless theme: Love beyond social status and class. The new film adaptation must reflect the development of society. Vinterviken 2021 should thus be a modern story about experiencing true love in a world full of prejudice and economic inequality.”

 

 

Alexis Almström, director, says: “I will never forget when I watched Vinterviken as a teenager in the 90ies. A lot has happened since then, not only in a good way. A feeling of hopelessness is getting prevalent amongst young people, regardless of background. Therefore, I’m excited to share this hopeful story about young lovers breaking class barriers to the global Netflix audience.

 

 

Lina Brouneus, director co-production & acquisition at Netflix: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring a contemporary version of this modern Swedish classic to a global audience and we believe that the universal themes of love, class differences and segregation will resonate with our audiences all over the world. We can’t wait to see how Alexis Almström and the rest of the incredible team at Filmlance International will reflect the times that we live in and make this story come to life again.”

 

 

Vinterviken 2021 will release globally on Netflix and will be co-produced by Sveriges Television.

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DStv to launch Easter Weekend pop-up channel

Posted by radio On April - 5 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

In response to a rallying call from the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies to assist the religious sector, DStv has decided to launch a new, pop up channel catering for various Christianity groupings that is set to launch on 9 April 2020 with rich content aimed at viewers who are home over the Easter weekend.

The channel, named African Easter Channel, is in collaboration with the renowned TBN Africa, DStv Channel 343. Across South Africa, over 80% worshippers observe and celebrate the Easter period, hence different and various Christian denominations be will be looked after by the channel.

 

Minister Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams made the call for MultiChoice Group to setup a dedicated pop-up channel for various religious groups in the country during this Easter Weekend.

 

The current restrictions due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, will see South Africans staying at home during the Easter Weekend. Accordingly, African Easter Channel’s offering of music and sermons is bound to keep DStv viewers engaged and fulfilled during the four days of the channel going live. The channel will broadcast until Easter Monday, 13 April.

 

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 23 March 2020 announced various measures to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, welcomingly, the religious sector have heeded the call by the President. The channel further enhances the positive response received from the religious sector.

 

 

Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice Group CEO, said: “We are happy to have immediately responded to the minister’s call to assist millions of South African worshippers who regard Easter as a pivotal period of worship. As a responsible broadcaster, we are more than happy to partner with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies as we afford worshippers to observe Easter from the comfort of their homes.”

 

 

Popular gospel artists such as Lebo Sekgobela, Dr. Tumi, Hillsong, William McDowell and Rebecca Malope will feature prominently in the channel. The channel’s schedule will also include churches such as Methodist, Anglican and Catholic. In adhering to the national lockdown requirements, the recorded messages submitted by the churches will be broadcast on the channel.

 

 

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies welcomed this intervention and said: “Communications and digital technologies will play an important role during this disaster period and beyond. We therefore appreciate MultiChoice’s response to our call for an industry-wide intervention to ensure that religious programming, especially over the Easter weekend, is produced and accessible to millions of South Africans utilising alternative means.”

 

 

Lucky Mbiko, Managing Director of TBN Africa said: “We have responded to this call by partnering with churches, and some of the biggest gospel artists to bring you the best Easter worship experience to as many viewers as possible. Join us on the African Easter channel 343 on DStv for four days during the Easter Weekend.”

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For many South Africans, it’s easy to imagine a setting where two different worlds exist side by side, and it is almost normal for one family to live lavishly while the other is barely able to make ends meet.

 

What is a bit more challenging to imagine however, is when an unfortunate series of events causes both families to collide in the most thrilling way – revealing a complex story of romance, social inequalities and prejudices. This is the very premise of Mzansi Magic’s fascinating new telenovela, Gomora.

 

 

For those in the know, Gomora is also the nickname of the famous and beloved Johannesburg Kasi, Alexandra. The hustle and bustle of the township and its colourful flavour is the vibrant home of the series, which explores the disparity between lower and upper-class members of our country, with the contrast between the two worlds brought to life through one of the most innovative filming styles.

 

 

“Our customers are in for a real treat with Gomora,” says Nomsa Philiso, Channel Director at Mzansi Magic. “It is a refreshing new series that narrates a riveting homegrown story and features a rich tapestry of strong female characters.”

This juicy new riches-to-rags telenovela premieres on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) Monday, 30 March at 19:30.

 

 

Present meets past

Some of us are crawling along on the struggle bus, watching as the lucky few speed down life’s highway in their luxury cars. In a divided South Africa, the line between those two lives couldn’t be thinner than on the border between posh, swishy Sandton and the crowded, hard-working neighbouring township of Alexandra.

 

 

In this gilded life of snakes and ladders, a roll of the dice could see you plunging back into poverty, no matter whether you skipped up a ladder to riches and never looked back, or you’re painstakingly climbing your way from nothing, one block at a time. On the day of the fall, what matters is who you are, not what you have.

 

 

The star-studded cast of Gomora brings this brilliantly true-to-life texture to the series. Katlego Danke plays the role of Thathi, a spoiled princess who’s taken handouts her whole life…but that’s not all there is to her. Also leading in this well-made production are industry heavyweights like Connie Chiume, Themba Ndaba, Thembi Seete and Zolisa Xaluva among many others.

Home again

The series starts with trophy wife Thathi’s posh Sandton life being stripped away in an instant. And it leaves her with nowhere to turn but her past. This means returning to a life she was so desperate to escape that she’s never looked back. With no money and no job, Thathi is forced to pull her teenaged kids out of their private schools and enrol them in a public school in Alexandra.

 

 

And they’d better get ready for their new home with Thathi’s mom, Mam’Sonto (Connie Chiume) – a woman whose strict standards and grandmotherly care for her family mask her true nature as the local queen of crime.

Nice and poor?

Thandi’s catastrophe also catapults her right back into the life of a man she used, betrayed and shattered. Her ex-love Mondli Dlamini (Zolisa Xaluva) is now a school principal married to upright, street-smart social worker Gladys (Thembi Seete). But while the Dlaminis are poster-perfect examples of community conscious South Africa, they might not be the ideal parents they believe themselves to be. Their quest to take care of the whole world has left them heaping a lot more pressure than praise and affection on their teenaged son. As a result, he’s secretly letting off steam and living for kicks with his local gangster friends – lead by glamorous, dangerous MaZet (Siphesihle Ndaba), one of Mam’Sonto’s thugs. It all comes full circle.

 

 

Get into it!

All this drama barely scratches the surface of Gomora’s twisty Telenovella action, where everything is connected. It’s a world of paternity secrets, bitter sisters, gangs, tragic, lost love and consequences of choices that you can never take back.

But above all, we’ll be tuning in to watch those Sandton fish out of water as they get to grips with the costs, complexities and compromises involved in being poor. If you loved the contrast between lifestyles in drama series like Housekeepers (2019) Gomora will bring that home with even more intensity – and just as much secrecy and scandal.

Loco for local

Since 2018 DStv has invested over R2.5 billion in local movies and series. In 2020 the platform will be increasing its number of hours of local content by 12% – a strategy that continues to reap rewards as viewers take a “local is lekker” stance. And the proof is in the numbers. In January 2020, DStv’s top 10 shows by ratings were dominated by local sport, local reality and local soap. Give us a mirror of who we are right now in South Africa, and we can’t look away.

Gomora starts on Monday, 30 March on Mzansi Magic (161) at 19:30

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Based on Malorie Blackman’s award-winning novels
• No. 1 show across all channels when it premiered on 5 March 2020 in Britain
• Largely shot in South Africa, with SA’s Masali Baduza in the lead role
• Also starring BAFTA winner Jack Rowan (Born to Kill, Peaky Blinders)
• 82% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes

“Over 700 years ago, the Aprican Empire invaded Europe. Aprica colonised the continent and reached as far as Albion. Albion has been under Aprican rule ever since.”

So begins Noughts + Crosses, a controversial six-part BBC One series that has just started screening on Showmax and M-Net, with new episodes every Thursday night from 23:30.

 

South African Masali Baduza (Trackers) and BAFTA winner Jack Rowan (Born To Kill, Peaky Blinders) play Sephy and Callum, two star-crossed lovers in the tradition of Romeo and Juliet. Sephy is the privileged daughter of the Home Secretary, Kamal Hadley, while Callum’s mother, Meggie, is the Hadleys’ housekeeper. While Sephy and Callum grew up together, they may as well have lived in different worlds.

 

Shot largely in Cape Town, the series also stars Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, The Leftovers) and South African actress Bonnie Mbuli (Invictus, Wallander) as Sephy’s parents, Kamal and Jasmine, with BAFTA nominee Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Emily in Friends) and Tribeca winner Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter) as Callum’s parents, as well as Josh Dylan (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The End of the F***ing World) as his brother Jude.

 

The alternate reality love story is based on the multi-award-winning 2001 novel by former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, which was included in both BBC’s list of the 100 Novels That Shaped The World and in The Guardian’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century. Grime superstar Stormzy, who has a cameo in the series as newspaper editor Kolawale, calls the five-book series “my favourite books of all time.”
“What I wanted to do was have the black people in my story not as victims, but celebrating their own culture,” says Blackman. “I remember the first time I wore an afro at school, I was sent out of the class for being a troublemaker. It was this thing of black people being penalised for wearing our own natural hair. The celebration of African culture in myriad forms gives a different sensibility to what has been on TV before.”

“Prior to reading Malorie’s books, I had never heard of a world that existed where Africans were the ruling class,” says Baduza. “It was unique and it made me feel warm inside, to imagine a world where this could be a possibility.”

 

“As a black African, I have never seen a television show that showcased our being or our ways, in a way that was given a place and was acceptable, until now,” says Mbuli. “It is quite a feeling to walk onto set and feel seen as a person, and feel like your hair and the way you wear it, or the way the people in your world wear their clothes or what they hold dear, is suddenly important and is being given a platform. It is shocking.

“Then you realise that you have spent your whole life without it, that you have never switched on a TV and seen that. That too is shocking. I sometimes walked onto set and started weeping.”

Visionary short film director Kibwe Tavares (Jonah, Robots of Brixton, Robot & Scarecrow) executive produced the series and steered the creation of its Afrocentric world, where everything has been rethought, from the language to the architecture, from beauty norms to the colour of plasters.

 

 

In one powerful scene, Callum cuts his finger and Sephy gets him a plaster, which is too dark for his skin. For context, South Africa has only had ‘skin tone’ plasters for black people since 2015, while in the UK, Tesco has just this year released multi tone plasters – and claims to be the first supermarket there to do so.

 

 

“There are so many small moments that a lot of people wouldn’t think about, like the fact that flesh coloured plasters are not the flesh colour of anyone but white people,” says Joseph. “It is an insidious, tiny, incremental knock to you as a citizen of any country to be told what normal is in those casual ways… Working on this drama has exercised all of our minds and made us super aware of everything.”

 

 

Noughts + Crosses was the number-one show across all channels when it premiered on 5 March 2020 in Britain. The series has a 82% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Guardian hailing it as “vital viewing”, The Telegraph as a “must-see”, NME as “must-watch TV”, RadioTimes as “a series on the cusp of greatness”,  and The Evening Standard as “properly incendiary.”

 

Of course, the glowing reviews weren’t universal: The Independent predicted “this race reversal drama will induce hernias in right wing commentators” – and they weren’t wrong. Trolls took to Twitter to denounce it as “deeply racist”, “anti-white tripe” and “race-baiting.”

 

Blackman was having none of it. “Btw, to those accusing me of being anti-white or stating I must hate white people to create such a story as Noughts and Crosses, I’m not even going to dignify your absurd nonsense with a response,” she tweeted. “Go take a seat waaaay over there in the cold, dark and bitter haters’ corner.”

 

Noughts + Crosses was shot in South Africa with mostly local crew, including award-winning cinematographers Jamie Ramsay and Giulio Biccari, Emmy-nominated casting director Christa Schamberger, costume designer Dihantus Engelbrecht, hair and makeup designer Nadine Prigge, and production designer Shane Bunce.

 

The African links don’t stop there either – Screen International 2018 Star of Tomorrow Koby Adom, born in the Ivory Coast and raised in Ghana, is one of the two directors, while the soundtrack includes Ghana’s Kiki Gyan and Ebo Taylor; Mali’s Salif Keita; and South African artists Bongeziwe Mabandla, Mlindo The Vocalist, and Umlilo.

As Stormzy put it on Twitter, “This is 100% groundbreaking… I haven’t seen nothing like it on British telly ever.”

Watch the trailer:
https://youtu.be/t0B0YUUuzQQ

 

Watch Noughts + Crosses on Showmax:
https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/x8iovqoe-noughts-crosses

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DStv and Mzansi Magic are bringing Mzansi’s biggest hitmakers to the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg for the 3rd annual DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DStv MVCAs). Announced today as the first set of performers geared to rock the DStv MVCA stage on 14 March 2020, these artists had South Africa dancing throughout the festive season with Amapiano and House hits, and now they are ready to bring the Ticketpro Dome down in collaboration with 1Life and Africa’s most-loved storyteller, DStv.

 

DStv has pulled out all the stops to bring viewers a spectacular show that is aimed to honour and celebrate local stars and gamechangers across 11 different entertainment categories. Proudly presented by 1Life – and one of the most anticipated events in the local entertainment calendar – the awards will be hosted by award-winning TV personality and entrepreneur Minnie Dlamini Jones.

 

The ceremony will see a number of artists who dominated the music charts in 2019 performing some of their best hits. This year’s ‘Favourite Song of the Year’ category is brought by JOOX in partnership with DStv. DStv gives JOOX VIP to DStv customers with active Compact, Compact Plus, or Premium subscriptions.

 

 

“This ongoing relationship made our sponsorship of the ‘Favourite Song of the Year’ category a no-brainer. We’re big champions of local talent, and we can’t wait to celebrate the evening with our list of incredible nominees and their fans.”, said Gerjo Hoffman, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Tencent Africa.

 

 

Viewers can expect to see Jobe London and Mphow69 singing their number one record Sukendleleni, which has been certified platinum. Signed under rapper and producer JR’s Feel Good Music label, Jobe London was undoubtably one of 2019’s biggest breakout artists.

 

 

Also joining the lineup will be other performers who have had a huge influence on the Yanos culture in Mzansi including DJ BigSkyLuude Deejay & Sbhanga. Their hit single Fire became an instant banger when it came out.

Labantwana Ama Uber hitmakers Semi TeeKammu Dee & Miano will be showcasing their talent – with over two million views on YouTube. One of Limpopo’s finest stars, Makhadzi, continues to inspire many with her success story. The Matorokisi singer will be joined by Master KG.

 

 

And, no stranger to the local entertainment and music scene, multi award-winning musician and businesswoman DJ Zinhle, will also be performing. The DJ, who has been in the industry for over ten years, had a successful 2019 in both business and music. Zinhle and vocalist Rethabile Khumalo released one of the biggest songs last year, Umlilo, which they’ve performed all over the country and they are now bringing all the fire to the DStv MVCA.

 

 

The DStv MVCAs are voted for by the public, and the nominee who earns the highest number of votes wins the coveted The Ultimate Viewers’ Choice in a hotly contested race that has previously demanded that the winner get over million votes!

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The third episode of the Showmax Original Somizi & Mohale: The Union is now streaming, as we look back at the road to the celebrity wedding of the decade.

Episode 3 trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDPCOe3_dZg

 

In Episode 3, it’s exactly seven days until their big day and Somizi and Mohale are in full planning mode as they wrap up the final meetings leading up to their special day. From the decor to the food and their outfits, everything seems to be going according to plan… except for one tiny hiccup.

Flying in the flowers

 

When it comes to working with Somizi and Mohale, you either go big or you go home. Renowned wedding planner Zavion Kotze, in collaboration with Liquid Image Consulting, confirmed in the episode that the flowers for the wedding are imported from all around the world.

 

“We’re flying everything in from Holland, Columbia, Kenya, Thailand,” says Kotze. “So everything is going to be international because we are not going to mess around with your wedding.”

 

And it’s not just one or two types of flowers that are getting flown in, either, of course. The wedding planners mentioned premium blooms including O’hara roses, hydrangeas and dendrobium orchids, so we’re expecting a stunning variety of gorgeous, colourful buds and blossoms on the big day.

 

“It’s ridiculous,” Somizi says afterwards to Mohale, about the amount they’re spending on flowers. “People on Twitter will say we could have bought a house for the homeless or we could have taken a child to school.”

 

Smoking sushi

 

The meal of the day will be prepared by award-winning chef Andrew Draper. One of the many samples Andrew presented to the couple in this episode was a dramatic platter of sushi that came with a jaw-dropping smoke effect.

 

“The beauty of it is that it tastes amazing as well,” says Somizi. “Because sometimes foods can be like slay queens: they look nice but they’re not nice when you taste them…”

 

Shopping for red-bottom heels

 

As the day draws nearer, and with everything falling into place, Somizi and Mohale do a last-minute spot of shoe shopping for their white wedding outfits. The couple makes their way to 2A in Hyde Park – the only boutique authorised to sell Louboutin shoes in South Africa.

 

While shopping, Somizi buys not one but two pairs of red-bottoms for his daughter Bahumi, who is set to walk her father down the aisle because his mother is not feeling well. “I want her to walk me down the aisle,” says Somizi. “Which is kind of weird. I’m thinking: these trolls, they’re gonna say, ‘This is how it’s supposed to be naturally: walking your daughter down the aisle to marry a man her age. Trolls…’”

 

Mohale, on the other hand, will be walked down the aisle by his father.

 

And there’s no priest?

While all the boxes have been ticked, Somizi and Mohale come across one awkward stumbling block. During their visit to the Nungu Diamonds offices, Somizi confirms that they still do not have a priest who will bless their wedding. “We took the idea of a priest for granted,” says Somizi. “At first somebody promised us that they’d be the priest but then they realised that the wedding is no longer on a Saturday but on a Thursday, so they can’t make it… We don’t have a priest.”

By the end of the episode, the plan to get one was still pending, but, apart from that, all roads lead to the celebrity white wedding of the year.

 

Here comes the pride!

 

Somizi & Mohale: The Union took the crown as the show with the most views ever on its first day on Showmax, bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster show. The fourth and final episode, celebrating their white wedding, premieres next Monday, 16 March 2020.

 

African Time promo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNqjh-o6wq8

 

Watch the hit show exclusively on Showmax here: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/p3zlk82n-somizi-mohale-the-union.

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Top data deals for streaming DStv Now

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If you’re a DStv subscriber, you probably know all about DStv Now, the online version of DStv. Once you’re signed up, all the same channels you have via your decoder at home are available to stream on your phone via the DStv Now app. Now all you need is a great deal to get you the data.

 

Here is a brilliant deal from MTN to keep you online for less.

Get a 5GB streaming bundle for DStv Now for R159 from MTN

This MTN deal is for prepaid, top-up and contract customers.

R159 for 5GB of streaming anything you like on DStv Now; which is up to 20 hours of watching! Tip: Toggle the Quality Settings in the DStv Now app, so that you use as little data as possible.

Dial *142# and follow the prompts to buy MTN streaming data bundles.

Vodacom has a 1GB video bundle for R50 for streaming on DStv Now

Purchase your DStv Now video streaming bundles from Vodacom by dialling *135# or through the My Vodacom app.

Buy the Telkom 1GB video streaming bundle for R40

Dial *180# and make your selection.

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