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What’s hot on DStv and GOtv this coming week?

Big Brother Naija

Genre: Reality

Live every day on channel 198

There are still 10 housemates left in the race to win the 30-million-naira cash and 60 million worth of prizes courtesy of Big Brother Naija. Don’t miss all the drama and action live on DStv.

My Flatmates

Genre: Comedy, Sitcom

Monday 1 October at 17:30 on Africa Magic Showcase

A situational comedy centred around four guys who share a flat, from where stems hilarious situations and dialogs from their daily quest for better life and fun escapades.

SERIES

The Shadows of Death S1 (Brand New)

Genre: Crime

Frida 27 September at 17:50 on Investigation Discovery channel 171

The emotional impact of a homicide resonates long after the crime is committed. This is the moment where their journey of guilt begins. They may have willingly or unwittingly helped to dispose of evidence out of loyalty, innocently corroborated an alibi.

TELENOVELA

 

Woman of Steel S5

Genre: Drama

Friday 27 September at 18:00, weekdays on Telemundo

Teca seeks to recover his grandson to ensure the continuity of his organisation. News of Ruiz’s arrest on corruption charges in broadcast on TV.

Kindred Hearts

Genre: Drama, Soap

Sunday 29 September at 17:00, daily on Zee World

Beeni is disappointed when she wakes up in the Jindal household and continues to disrespect the family with her childish antics

Lord of the Skies

Genre: Drama, Action

Monday 30 September at 21:00, weekdays on Telemundo

Everyone gathers in Sinaloa for Victor’s burial. Rutila tries to locate Sebastian, but he is still in custody. Niña comes face to face with Monica.

Fire & Ice

Genre: Drama, Soap

Wednesday 2 October at 16:00, daily on Zee World

Anita arranges for Yuvraj and Twinkle to be made unconscious and to be put in a hotel room together. Kunj finds them and so does the media. Anita disappears and now, Yuvraj makes it his mission to find her.

MOVIES

The Last Holiday

Genre: Drama, Romance

Saturday 28 September at 18:00 on BET

The discovery that she has a terminal illness prompts introverted saleswoman Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) to reflect on what she realizes has been an overly cautious life. So, Georgia withdraws her life savings and jets off to Europe where she lives like a millionaire. Upbeat and passionate, Georgia charms everybody she meets, including renowned Chef Didier (Gérard Depardieu). The only one missing from her new life is her long-time crush Sean Matthews (LL Cool J).

Angrily Ever After

Genre: Drama

Sunday 29 September at 18:00 on BET

In final preparation for her wedding, Tia and her best friend Jillian run last minute wedding errands. While at her final wedding dress fitting, Tia sees her fiancé’ walking down the street exhibiting serious PDA with another woman.

What Men Want

Genre: Comedy

Sunday 29 September at 18:30 on M-Net

Taraji P. Henson brings the fun in this entertaining romcom. A woman develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts and uses it to gain an edge in her very male-dominated workplace.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (October Horror Fest)

Genre: Horror

Thursday 3 October at 18:00 on TNT

In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the key to unravelling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it’s too late?

KIDS

 

DC Super Hero Girls: Super Villain High

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Saturday 28 September at 13:30 on M-Net

Action-packed animated comic book adventure. Our superhero girls uncover a dark secret about their new high school their new high school.

Power Rangers: Beast Morphers (New Season)

Genre: Adventure, Action

Monday 30 September at 14:45 on Cartoon Network

Scientists tap into the Morphing Grid, but an evil virus corrupts the technology, so a new team of Power Rangers is formed to defend the Grid from evil.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Spooky Tuesdays)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Tuesday 1 October at 16:00 on Studio Universal

A science student is caught in the middle of a mystical battle in the heart of New York.

Starting Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell, Omar Benson Miller.

 

Bones (Season 7)

Genre: Drama, Crime

Friday 27 September at 17:10 on Universal TV

A woman’s remains are found in a paintball field, Booth and Brennan adjust to life as an expectant couple.

 

The Blacklist (New Season)

Genre: Drama, Crime

Wednesday 2 October at 21:00 on M-Net

Liz and Jennifer join forces to uncover the truth about Red in the wake of a startling revelation, in the season premiere. Golden Globe-nominee James Spader returns as the concierge of crime.

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Grey Zone

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Suspense

In Denmark, drone engineer Victoria is held captive in her home in the lead-up to a terrorist attack in Scandinavia. The Swedish security police and the Danish intelligence service collaborate to prevent the threat from transpiring.

Pearson

Genre: Drama

From the creator of ‘Suits’, this spin-off drama zooms in on the world of recently disbarred NYC powerhouse Jessica Jessica Pearson – who contends with the down and dirty politics of Chicago.

Fear The Walking Dead

Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Sci-Fi

In ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 5, the group’s mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what’s left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones (Lennie James) leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts. But trust won’t be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when our group finds themselves in unchartered territory, one which will force them to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only through facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed.

Old Mutual Amazing Voices

Genre: Reality Show

On 12 January 2020, DStv and GOtv viewers will in the new year witness a historic Pan-African talent reality show dubbed Old Mutual’s Amazing Voices, a Pan-African singing competition. It will premiere on the small screen with contestants from nine African cities – Accra, Kumasi, Mombasa, Nairobi, Bulawayo, Harare, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, – squaring off against each other for the grand prize of $100 000 (R1.5 million). The show will run for 13 weeks until 5 April 2020. Competitors will be competing in the genres of Gospel, Pop and R&B.

The show will see celebrity selectors from each of the four countries selecting three groups from each genre after mass auditions to steer them through the elimination round before the winning group is chosen. The Ghanaian celebrity selectors are ace musician Paulina Oduro, Jay Foley and DJ Vyrusky.

The show will kick-off with mass auditions then shortlisted groups will advance to the home ground battle, which will be the elimination stage. After the elimination phase, three groups will advance to the grand stage where they will sing it out to win the main prize, in Johannesburg.

The show will be broadcast on DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact. On channel 161.

Audition venues

Ghana:

• Kumasi Kosados Arena Hotel 01 October 2019

• Accra Christ the king Parish Hall 04 October 2019

SPORTS

IAAF World Championships

Viewers on DStv and GOtv can get their fill of athletics action when the 2019 IAAF World Championships is held in Doha, Qatar from 27 September to 6 October.LIVE on SuperSport 13 and Maximo 1.

This will be the 17th edition of the biennial athlethics event, and take place at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium.

Ghana will be heading into the 2019 World Championships with a squad of 10 athletes.

SuperSport viewers can see the ladies and mens 4×100 teams in action made up of athletes such as Flings Owusu Agyapong, Gema Acheampong and Sean Safo Antwi.

Don’t miss out on DStv and GOtv’s amazing sports coverage. Visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream live events on DStv Now.

IAAF World Championship – Selected events to watch

Broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 13 and Maximo 1

27 September

Women’s marathon final

28 September

Men’s long jump final

Women’s 10,000m final

Men’s 100m final

29 September

Men’s & Women’s 4x400m relay final

Women’s 100m final

30 September

Men’s 5000m final

Women’s 800m final

Men’s 400m hurdles final

1 October

Men’s 800m final

Men’s 200m final

2 October

Women’s 200m final

Men’s 110m hurdles final

3 October

Women’s 400m final

4 October

Women’s 400m hurdles final

Men’s 3000m steeplechase final

Men’s 400m final

5 October

Women’s 1500m final

Women’s 5000m final

Women’s 4x100m relay final

Men’s 4x100m relay final

Men’s marathon final

6 October

Women’s long jump final

Men’s 1500m final

Men’s 10,000 final

Women’s 100m hurdles final

Women’s 4x400m relay

Men’s 4x400m relay

FOOTBALL

** All times CAT

 

Premier League

Sat 28 Sept: Sheffield United vs Liverpool: 12:30:

SS3A Sat 28 Sept: Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton: 15:30: SS3A

Sat 28 Sept: Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion: 15:45: SS4A/ SS10A/ SL2G

Sat 28 Sept: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford: 15:50: SS12A

Sat 28 Sept: Everton vs Manchester City: 18:00: SS3A

 Sun 29 Sept: Aston Villa vs Burnley: 06:30: SS3A

Sun 29 Sept: AFC Bournemouth vs West Ham United: 10:30: SS3A

Sun 29 Sept: Leicester City vs Newcastle United: 16:30: SS3A/ SS10A/ SL2

Mon 30 Sept: Manchester United Vs Arsenal: 20:00 SS3

LaLiga

Fri 27 Sept: Villarreal vs Real Betis: 20:55: SS7A/ SS10A/ SL4G/ SL2G

 Sat 28 Sept: Athletic Bilboa vs Valencia: 13:00: SS7A/ SL4G

Sat 28 Sept: Getafe vs Barcelona: 15:55: SS7A/ SL4G

Sat 28 Sept: Granada vs Leganes: 18:25: SS7A/ SL4G

 Sat 28 Sept: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: 20:55: SS7A/ SL4G

Sun 29 Sept: Espanyol vs Valladolid: 11:55: SS7A/ SS10A/ SL4G/ SL2G

Sun 29 Sept: Eibar vs Celta Vigo: 13:55: SS7A/ SL4G

Sun 29 Sept: Alaves vs Mallorca: 15:55: SS7A/ SL4G

Sun 29 Sept: Levante vs Osasuna: 18:25: SS7A/ SL4G Sun

29 Sept: Sevilla vs Real Sociedad: 20:55: SS7A/ SL4G

Serie A

Sat 28 Sept: Juventus vs SPAL: 14:50: SS8A/ SL5G

Sat 28 Sept: Matchday 6: Sampdoria vs Inter Milan: 17:50: SS8A/ SL5G/ SS10A/ SL2G

Sat 28 Sept:  Sassuolo vs Atalanta: 20:35: SS8A/ SL5G

 Sun 29 Sept: Napoli vs Brescia: 12:20: SS8A/ SL5G

Sun 29 Sept: AC Milan vs Fiorentina: 20:35: SS8A/ SL5G Sun

29 Sept: Udinese vs Bologna: 22:45: SS8A/ SL5G

Mon 30 Sep: Parma vs Torino 20:35 SL 5

 

 

GOTV WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS 27 Sep – 03 Oct SEPTEMBER 2019:

All times GMT

My Siblings And I

Genre: Drama

Friday 20 September at 18:00 on Africa Magic Family

A narrative where we see the happenings through the eyes of each sibling in the family, everyone’s life is subjective to the opinion of others.

Big Brother Naija

Genre: Reality

Live every day on channel 198

The Sunday night live eviction show did not come with an eviction but it sure came with a twist from Biggie as Frodd emerged Ultimate Veto Power Holder. There are still 10 housemates left in the race to win the 30-million-naira cash and 60 million worth of prizes courtesy of Big Brother Naija. Don’t miss out! Catch the live BBNaija drama 24/7, daily.

Keeping Up with The Kardashians

Genre: Reality TV

Sundays at 18:30 on E! CH124

The most famous family on TV are back for Keeping Up With The Kardashians season 17 (17!!!), so get ready for more explosive drama. Khloe Kardashian is still getting over her very public split from her baby daddy Tristan Thompson, and Kim Kardashian has some more personal worries of her own. Elsewhere Kourtney looks back over her life as she prepares to turn 40 and Kylie Jenner seems to be having the least drama as she focuses on her baby daughter Stormi.

MOVIES

Bad Boys

Genre: Crime, Thriller

Friday 27 September at 18:00 on BET

Miami-Dade detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) blow a fuse when $100 million worth of heroin they recently confiscated is heisted from station headquarters. Suspecting it was an inside job, Internal Affairs gives them five days to track down the drugs before they shut down the narcotics division. Action meets farce when Marcus is compelled to masquerade as his partner in order to gain the trust of a call girl (Tea Leoni), a key witness in their investigation.

The Last Holiday

Genre: Drama, Romance

Saturday 28 September at 18:00 on BET

The discovery that she has a terminal illness prompts introverted saleswoman Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) to reflect on what she realizes has been an overly cautious life. So, Georgia withdraws her life savings and jets off to Europe where she lives like a millionaire. Upbeat and passionate, Georgia charms everybody she meets, including renowned Chef Didier (Gérard Depardieu). The only one missing from her new life is her long-time crush Sean Matthews (LL Cool J).

Angrily Ever After

Genre: Drama

Sunday 29 September at 18:00 on BET

In final preparation for her wedding, Tia and her best friend Jillian run last minute wedding errands. While at her final wedding dress fitting, Tia sees her fiance’ walking down the street exhibiting serious PDA with another woman.

Flight

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Monday 30 September at 19:00 on BET

Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he’s managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober – but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.

 

 

 

TELENOVELAS

Woman of Steel S5

Genre: Drama

Friday 27 September at 18:00, weekdays on Telemundo

Teca seeks to recover his grandson to ensure the continuity of his organisation. News of Ruiz’s arrest on corruption charges in broadcast on TV.

Kindred Hearts

Genre: Drama, Soap

Sunday 29 September at 17:00, daily on Zee World

Beeni is disappointed when she wakes up in the Jindal household and continues to disrespect the family with her childish antics

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Lord of the Skies

Genre: Drama, Action

Monday 30 September at 21:00, weekdays on Telemundo

Everyone gathers in Sinaloa for Victor’s burial. Rutila tries to locate Sebastian, but he is still in custody. Niña comes face to face with Monica.

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Fire & Ice

Genre: Drama, Soap

Wednesday 2 October at 16:00, daily on Zee World

Anita arranges for Yuvraj and Twinkle to be made unconscious and to be put in a hotel room together. Kunj finds them and so does the media. Anita disappears and now, Yuvraj makes it his mission to find her.

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KIDS

Weekend Marathons: Henry Danger

Genre: Action, Comedy

Saturday 28 September at 06:20 on Nickelodeon

If Henry Hart’s buddies knew what he did after school, he would be the most popular kid in eighth grade. Henry lands a part-time job as Kid Danger, a sidekick-in-training to super-crimefighter Captain Man. The perks are awesome: high-tech gadgets to use and best of all, Henry gets to save the world! Yet he must keep the gig secret from his best friends, Charlotte and Jasper, and little sister, Piper, even as adventures with Captain Man throw Henry’s life absurdly out of whack.

Rufus

Genre: Comedy

Saturday 28 September at 08:15 on Nickelodeon

Manny moves to a new school and wishes for more friends. He finds a special collar and puts it on his dog Rufus, transforming it into a boy. After Rufus joins Manny’s school, his instant popularity tests the bonds of their friendship.

Weekend Marathons: School of Rock

Genre: Comedy

Sunday 29 September at 06:20 on Nickelodeon

Dewey Finn is a down-on-his-luck musician who gets a job as a substitute teacher at a prep school, where he must take over a teacher’s class who had an accident while skateboarding. Luckily, for his new pupils, Finn doesn’t forget his rock ‘n’ roll roots when he educates them, inspiring students to form a secret rock band, allowing them to live like rock stars. During the school year, the middle school classmates learn lessons about loyalty and friendships as they continue to discover their unknown talents. The half-hour sitcom is based on the 2003 movie of the same name.

T.O.T.S.

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Tuesday 1 October at 14:45 on Disney Junior

The adventures of Pip, a penguin, and Freddy, a flamingo, who are the only non-stork delivery birds in-training at Tiny Ones Transport Service (T.O.T.S.).

 

The Rickey Smiley Show (Season 1)

Genre: Comedy

Sunday 29 September at 09:30 on Fox Life

Rickey is a national radio personality who is trying to balance his career with his personal life as a single father of three with a career-oriented ex-wife. At the radio station, Rickey must deal with a hotbed of office politics, including backstabbing, sexual innuendo and social issues. At home, Rickey does his best keeping his kids – teenagers Brandon and De’Anna and youngster Aaron – in line. The sitcom is loosely based on the life of radio host Rickey Smiley, who, of course, stars in the title role.

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Black Ink Crew Chicago

Genre: Reality

Sunday 29 September at 20:20 on BET

‘Michael Jackson Is Alive!’. Charmaine takes the 9MAG crew to Vegas for a tattoo convention to prove her worth. When Van’s apprentice shows up, everyone speculates on where she’s going to be sleeping at night.

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Black-ish

Genre: Comedy, Sitcom

Wednesday 2 October at 17:05 on BET

Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has it all – a great job, beautiful wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids and a big home in a classy neighbourhood – but as a black man, he begins to question whether all his success has brought too much cultural assimilation for his family. With the help of his father (special guest star Laurence Fishburne), Dre begins to try to create a sense of ethnic identity for the members of his family that will allow them to honour their background while preparing them to embrace the future.

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Old Mutual Amazing Voices

Genre: Reality Show

On 12 January 2020, DStv and GOtv viewers will in the new year witness a historic Pan-African talent reality show dubbed Old Mutual’s Amazing Voices, a Pan-African singing competition. It will premiere on the small screen with contestants from nine African cities – Accra, Kumasi, Mombasa, Nairobi, Bulawayo, Harare, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, – squaring off against each other for the grand prize of $100 000 (R1.5 million). The show will run for 13 weeks until 5 April 2020. Competitors will be competing in the genres of Gospel, Pop and R&B.

The show will see celebrity selectors from each of the four countries selecting three groups from each genre after mass auditions to steer them through the elimination round before the winning group is chosen. The Ghanaian celebrity selectors are ace musician Paulina Oduro, Jay Foley and DJ Vyrusky.

The show will kick-off with mass auditions then shortlisted groups will advance to the home ground battle, which will be the elimination stage. After the elimination phase, three groups will advance to the grand stage where they will sing it out to win the main prize, in Johannesburg.

The show will be broadcast on DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact. On channel 161.

Audition venues

Ghana:

• Kumasi Kosados Arena Hotel 01 October 2019

• Accra Christ the king Parish Hall 04 October 2019

SPORTS

IAAF World Championships

Viewers on DStv and GOtv can get their fill of athletics action when the 2019 IAAF World Championships is held in Doha, Qatar from 27 September to 6 October.

The IAAF World Championships will be broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 13 and Maximo 1.

This will be the 17th edition of the biennial athlethics event, and take place at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium.

Ghana will be heading into the 2019 World Championships with a squad of 10 athletes.

SuperSport viewers can see the ladies and mens 4×100 teams in action made up of athletes such as Flings Owusu Agyapong, Gema Acheampong and Sean Safo Antwi.

Don’t miss out on DStv and GOtv’s amazing sports coverage. Visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream live events on DStv Now.

IAAF World Championship – Selected events to watch

Broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 13 and Maximo 1

27 September

Women’s marathon final

28 September

Men’s long jump final

Women’s 10,000m final

Men’s 100m final

29 September

Men’s & Women’s 4x400m relay final

Women’s 100m final

30 September

Men’s 5000m final

Women’s 800m final

Men’s 400m hurdles final

1 October

Men’s 800m final

Men’s 200m final

2 October

Women’s 200m final

Men’s 110m hurdles final

3 October

Women’s 400m final

4 October

Women’s 400m hurdles final

Men’s 3000m steeplechase final

Men’s 400m final

5 October

Women’s 1500m final

Women’s 5000m final

Women’s 4x100m relay final

Men’s 4x100m relay final

Men’s marathon final

6 October

Women’s long jump final

Men’s 1500m final

Men’s 10,000 final

Women’s 100m hurdles final

Women’s 4x400m relay

Men’s 4x400m relay

FOOTBALL

** All times CAT

Premier League

Sat 28 Sept: Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion: 15:45: SS4A/ SS10A/ SL2G

 Sun 29 Sept: Leicester City vs Newcastle United: 16:30: SS3A/ SS10A/ SL2G

LaLiga

Wed 25 Sept: Mallorca vs Atletico Madrid: 18:55: SS7A/ SL4G/ SS10A/ SL2G

 Thurs 26 Sept: Celta Vigo vs Espanyol: 19:55: SS10A/ SS11A/SL2G

 Fri 27 Sept: Villarreal vs Real Betis: 20:55: SS7A/ SS10A/ SL4G/ SL2G

 Sun 29 Sept: Espanyol vs Valladolid: 11:55: SS7A/ SS10A/ SL4G/ SL2G

Serie A

Tues 24 Sept: Brescia vs Juventus: 20:50: SS8A/ SL5G/ SS10A/ SL2G

 Wed 25 Sept: Fiorentina vs Sampdoria: 20:55: SS10A/ SL2G

 Sat 28 Sept:  Sampdoria vs Inter Milan: 17:50: SS8A/ SL5G/ SS10A/ SL2G

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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.
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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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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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