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the carbono effectthe carbono effectCheck out what’s hot on DStv this January:  The Carbonaro Effect Michael Carbonaro is a magician by trade, but a prankster by heart. Michael performs baffling tricks on unsuspecting people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Everyone is left stunned and delighted, even though they have no idea what just hit them. Watch as a couple of unsuspecting teens are wowed by ‘Astro Laces’, which are ‘self-tying’. Michael is patron of a bar that offers whiskey shots that come in a small folded bag for just a dollar, and demonstrates to a student the most humane way of trapping rodents. Fri 06 Jan 2017, 5:00pm | Discovery Family (136) Nick Jr Zack & Quack: Take a journey into a storybook! Seven-year-old Zack, his pet duck Quack and his best friend Kira go on fantastic adventures through the pages of their pop-up book. This animated series for preschoolers is beautifully crafted and each page is a freshly curated scene, where the trio use tabs and pulls to introduce a new element to the adventure. Tune in every Weekdays at 3:15pm. Race to the Top of The World: AJ and his trucker friends are raring to take part in the epic Race to the Top of the World, which will take them across the seven continents! But their arch-nemesis Crusher cheats and sends them all off course. Will they still be able to beat him fair and square? Catch them Sunday 8 January at 06:10am. BBC Lifestyle Diet Wars: In Diet Wars, five overweight Americans choose a celebrity trainer to pair up with in their quest to gain back their health. With wildly diverse diet and exercise plans, each trainer sets out to prove why their methodology is the best. At the weekly weigh-in, each contestant has the choice of whether to stick with their chosen plan or choose a new plan… thereby eliminating their expert. Tune in Sundays from 8 January at 2:00pm. Telemundo Maid In Manhattan: Marisa confronts Cristobal over his ownership of the hotel. Catalina vows to destroy Sara. Estanislao threatens Tania. The identity of Sara’s assailant is revealed. Cristobal asks Marisa for another chance. Victor is hailed as a hero. Cristobal asks Marisa to help with his political campaign. Estanislao tells Derek to bring him Calixta’s trunk. New episodes premieres weekdays at 2:20pm. Zee World Antara: Vidya advises Aditya to return the suitcase full of money. Sameer demands that his boss gives Aditya his job back. Vidya is in a life threatening situation and the last person she expect to save her is the one that does. Six years have passed and it turns out that Billu has become Antara’s protector and Aditya is still struggling to make Vidya happy. Tune in Weekdays at 4:00pm. Young Dreams: With Seema and Sangeeta’s help, Charu fools Mayank by creating a huge scene. Vihaan argues with Dayal not knowing that he is his father in law to be. Gunjan advises Rachna to be strong and show Rajeev that she can live without him. Seema, Sangeeta and Charu hatch up a plan to get Charu closer to Mayank on Diwali, but will their plan succeed? Tune in Weekdays at 5:00pm to find out. Twist of Fate: Pragya accepts Abhi’s condition even though it could mean that the two of them are separated. Abhi manipulates Suresh into agreeing to marry Pragya and that leads to a confrontation between Pragya and Suresh. Abhi learns of Pragya’s innocence and exposes the person behind the scheming but is it too late to stop Pragya from marrying Suresh? Tune in weekdays at 6:00pm. King of Hearts: Sid plans a romantic evening for Roshni not knowing that his grandma and Misha will ruin it. It becomes clearer that Misha might have ulterior motives. Sid takes a gamble in an attempt to bring DD and Shiv together but will his gamble work this time? Misha captures Shiv and tells him about the twisted plan to get Sid. Every weekday at 7:00pm. Sands of Time: Samar tries to get Nethra off this assignment and her grandmother is keen on suing Samar’s company for that. Gyanchand tells Jia not to blame herself for any loss the business has suffered because of Nethra. Nethra goes missing when she goes to Pune and her grandmother enlists Samar’s help in finding her. Weekdays at 8:00pm. M-Net My Big Fat Greek Wedding: In this sequel to the 2002 hit “”My Big Fat Greek Wedding”” the revelation of a family secret and an even bigger, fatter wedding brings the Portokalos family together again. Premieres on Sunday 8 January at 6:05pm and on M-Met Movies Premiere from 6:30pm. Available on Catch-Up. M-Net Edge Difficult People (S2): Emmy-winner Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner star as the titular ‘Difficult People’ in this scathing comedy. In the season premiere, Julie attempts to fit in with a group of Jewish television writers. New season premieres on Friday 6 January at 5:00pm. Comedy Central Teachers: Elementary school teachers serve a critical role in society, as they help shape the minds of America’s kids. That presents a problem, however, when the educators who are trying to mold the country’s youth don’t have their own lives in order. Whether it’s Ms Snap hooking up with the school’s janitor or Ms Bennigan flirting with the resident “hot dad,” the ladies teaching the youngsters on this comedy series are far from being the role models that parents would like teachers to be. Tune in from 6 January 7:25pm. E! Entertainment 2017 Golden Globe Awards -Live from the Red Carpet: Fashion Police on Wednesday 11 January at 8:00pm Awards season is back again and, as always, E! has the best spot on the red carpet to bring you all the glitz and glam straight from Hollywood. Events kick off this January with the 74th Golden Globe Awards. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the awards always attract the biggest names from both TV and film as they hope to end the night with one of the golden statuettes. Expect to see the cream of Hollywood on the red carpet including eight-time winner Meryl Streep who is being honoured with this year’s Cecil B DeMille Award. Plus, the Fashion Police return with their Golden Globes special as they give their verdicts on this year’s style. Who will the team chose as their Best Dressed and who will be convicted of a fashion felony? Find out only on E! On Sunday 8 January at 02:00am and the 2017 Golden Globe Awards: Fashion Police on Wednesday 11 January at 6:00pm. Disney Channel Lego Frozen: Magic of the Northern Lights: Love Frozen? Then you definitely don’t want to miss this! Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven in a brand new adventure! Catch a new episodes of Lego Frozen: Magic of the Northern Lights on Thursdays at 2:35pm. Disney Junior Disney Junior’s Weekend Club: At Disney Junior we love the weekend, so we thought the best way to celebrate it would be to create a brand new Weekend Club! Join us every Saturday and Sunday in January as we celebrate the weekend with 6 of your favourite shows. So whatever your day has in store we can help kick start your fun with a trip to Enchancia or a game in the Clubhouse or even a trip to the Toy Clinic! Weekends from 7 January at 6:00am. Featuring Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, Goldie & Bear, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Miles from Tomorrow.  ]]>

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All You Should Know About Showmax’s First Nigerian Original Limited Drama Series, Diiche!

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Showmax’s first-ever Nigerian original limited drama series, Diiche, premieres exclusively on the platform today, September 29, 2022. (more…)

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African fantasy series Blood Psalms premieres on Showmax with glowing reviews

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The first two episodes of Blood Psalms, the first Showmax Original fantasy series, are now streaming. Early reviews are glowing, withTVMzansi calling it, “Without doubt, the best TV show ever created in Africa”; Leon van Nierop “the biggest and most spectacular production of a local series yet” and TimesLive “African fantasy at its finest.”
Set in ancient Africa, the action-packed epic follows Princess Zazi (Bokang Phelane) as she battles a world-ending prophecy to navigate her people through ancient curses, long-standing tribal vendettas and the wrath of the gods.
“Watching it feels as thrilling as being an astronaut exploring new worlds,” says Genevieve Terblanche from tvplus. “The sheer scope of Blood Psalms is breathtaking.”
On TVSA, Movies And Things With Tha-Bang writes, “What Jahmil XT Qubeka and Layla Swart have achieved with Blood Psalms is something that will go down on SA TV history books like the Yizo Yizo and Intersexions of the world, series that came and changed the game when folks least expected it.”
Swart and Qubeka were responsible for South African Oscar entries Knuckle City and Sew The Winter To My Skin. Qubeka also directed Of Good Report, which won seven SAFTAs, including Best Film and Best Director, and Stillborn, which won the SAFTA for Best Short Film.
They’ve assembled an incomparable cast, with nine SAFTA winners – Bongile Mantsai, Hamilton Dlamini, Hlubi Mboya, Mothusi Magano, S’dumo Mtshali, Siv Ngesi, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Warren Masemola and Zolisa Xaluva – and all your faves, from Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa to Lemogang Tsipa, Faith Baloyi to Faniswa Yisa, Mandisa Nduna to Niza Jay, Richard Lukunku to Sello Maake Ka Ncube, Thabo Rametsi to Thando Thabethe, Thembikile Komani to Zikhona Sodlaka, and many more.
We caught up with the most ambitious filmmakers in Africa to find out more about Yellowbone Entertainment’s first Showmax Original, which is already topping the charts on Africa’s homegrown streaming service:
Where did the idea for Blood Psalms come from?
Qubeka: I was just always extremely curious about our continent. The question mark around the history of Africa, and where we come from, has been a great platform for us to be able to build this world.
Swart: I think Blood Psalms is a yearning more than anything else. It’s a look at a history that has never been depicted before, that we always wanted to see.
When is Blood Psalms set?
Qubeka: 11 000 years ago. Blood Psalms is an action adventure series that invites us into a world that no longer exists, a time before the Great Flood changed the world.
Swart: Blood Psalms draws from elements of a multitude of African mythologies and looks at various different tribes in Season 1 – the Akachi, the Uchawi, the Ku’ua, the Chini, and Great Nziwemabwe – as they migrated south from Kemet, which is now Egypt, and formed their cultures.
Qubeka: These tribes moved southward, running away from the calamity that was happening in Kemet and Kush, which is what we now know as northern Sudan. There are remnants even today that show that there was a great civilization and a great culture that comes from that space.
Which tribe do you focus on the most?
Swart: The tribal focus in season one is House Akachi, run by the eccentric King Letsha [four-time SAFTA winner Mothusi Magano].
Qubeka: We look at this world through the eyes of his daughter, a young Akachi princess by the name of Zazi [Bokang Phelane], as she goes on her own quest to find a sense of self in a rapidly evaporating world.
How do you feel about the inevitable Game of Thrones comparisons?
Qubeka: If they want to call it the African Game of Thrones, I’ll take that mantle on. If you love Game of Thrones, you’re gonna love this show.
But what we really want to do is create heroic archetypes for the African child. If you look across the entire landscape of cinema and television, there are no archetypes for the African child.
Swart: It’s a pioneering show that attempts to redefine our very perception of our identity as Africans. What we’re trying to do is to reclaim the continent’s history from an African perspective. The goal, for us, is to ensure that the golden thread of Africa’s stunning history really shines.
Qubeka: If we don’t start to project an image of how we see ourselves, someone else is going to do that for us.
There are very few references for Africa 11,000 years ago. Was this freeing or challenging? 
Swart: Building a world that doesn’t exist has been enormously creative. Doing something set 11,000 years ago has really given us all collectively the scope to just play.
But it’s also enormously challenging. Every single costume, every single piece of the set had to be conceived and made from scratch.
Qubeka: I’m very excited to see how audiences engage this world. There’s a lot of things that people are going to look at and be like, ‘What are you talking about? Did they have guns in that time? Do they have electricity?’ There’s all sorts of things that we challenge in terms of conventions, of what people understand of our glorious past.
Where did you shoot in the Eastern Cape?
Qubeka: So the Akachi Citadel actually sits above the Hole in the Wall but we shot parts of the Citadel in different locations. For example, the big dam in Graaff-Reinet is incorporated as the Citadel dam, situated at the back end of the city.
What I really loved about shooting in the Eastern Cape is that it just brought a whole other dimension to what we were intending to achieve.
The epic scale of places like Coffee Bay and the Valley of Desolation – just the size and scale of these places – makes you feel so insignificant, so small, so we’re able to get an essence of what it could have been like 11,000 years ago on this continent.
Why should audiences watch your show?
Qubeka: It’s a sweeping epic adventure that doesn’t hold back. It is definitely a large canvas, one that I personally have not seen from this continent. This thing is big.
Now streaming, first on Showmax
Shot in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and North West provinces, Blood Psalms is a Showmax Original in partnership with CANAL+, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the Eastern Cape Economic Development Corporation (ECDC), the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the MultiChoice Innovation Fund, which supports South Africa’s most exciting entrepreneurs, enabling them to bring their unique, innovative and creative business ideas to life.
Showmax will drop new episodes of Blood Psalms every Wednesday until the end of November 2022.
Join Swart for an InstaLive on producing as part of the Showmax x Actor Spaces masterclasses at 6pm on Thursday, 29 September 2022 at https://www.instagram.com/actorspaces/.
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Showmax confirms The Real Housewives of Nairobi, slated to begin production in September

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African streaming service Showmax, in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which will debut in 2023 as a Showmax Original, is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on Showmax and were trending #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said: “As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi is being produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favourites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love; 2022 reality series Kyallo Kulture; 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu and 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi,” said Mbugua. “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.”
“D&R Studios already has a portfolio of celebrity reality content like Sol Family, This Love and Kyallo Kulture under their belt. They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBCUniversal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.
On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said, “There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”
As you wait for The Real Housewives of Nairobi, you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.
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This Week On Miss Malaika Ghana – Our Culture, Our Heritage!!

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In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export. – Northrop Frye. (more…)

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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio features K.O this Friday !

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With K.O, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week! (more…)

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Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa taps Preyé for September

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Preyé, Nigeria’s emerging soul powerhouse, has been selected as Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa artist for September. (more…)

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