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Showmax lines up new African titles


African streaming service Showmax has lined up a number of African titles that will air on its platform this month.

They include the new drama series Umbuso, which will premiere on April 3; season two of MnaKwethu Happily Ever After on April 7; The Real Housewives of Lagos on April 8; new South African drama series Umkhokha on 11 April; and S3 of Gomora on April 25.

Umbuso follows a street-smart businessman and a politician, two old comrades determined to secure a post-struggle legacy for themselves and their families. The show stars Sphamandla Dhludhlu, Bathabile Mashigo and Bahumi Mhlongo.

MnaKwethu Happily Ever After is a reality show hosted by Musa Mseleku about polygamy. In this new season, viewers will learn of family rejection and unexpected break-ups. The show features Qondanisa, Ngiga, Dulas and Bheki Cele.

The Real Housewives of Lagos is the first Nigerian instalment and 16th international version of the award-winning Real Housewives franchise from the US, and follows the success of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and The Real Housewives of Durban.

The Real Housewives of Lagos follows the opulent lives of six of the most glamorous women in Nigeria’s capital city, namely businesswoman Carolyna Hutchings, influencer Laura Ikeji-Kanu, lawyer and luxury hair brand owner Chioma Ikokwu, celebrity stylist Toyin Lawani-Adebayo, Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo and PR expert Mariam Timmer.

The show will be available exclusively on Showmax in more than 40 African countries.

Umkhokha, meanwhile, revolves around the bitter feud between two families vying for control of a church after the untimely death of its leader. It stars casts including Deli Malinga, S’Thandiwe Kgoroge, Linda Sokhulu, Nay Maps, Sibongile Ngubane and Kwezi Ndlovu. It is directed by Menga Nhlabathi and executive produced by Mandla KaNozulu and Nathi Ngwane.

Lastly, Gomora traces the inequality between rich and poor, following the lives of two families and how their worlds collide. It stars Connie Chiume, Katlego Danke and Zolisa Xaluva.

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MultiChoice racks up SAFTA nominations

Pay TV company MultiChoice has received more than 140 nominations across all categories in the 15th edition of the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs).

Yolisa Phahle

The company said the achievement demonstrated its high investment in local content and is a win for the local TV and film production industry.

The TV shows nominated include telenovela Legacy, 1Magic’s The River and Mzansi Magic’s drama Housekeeper.

The KykNET channel secured 50 nominations in the TV Soap, Telenovela, TV Comedy and Feature Film categories; Gomora received five nominations in the Best Telenovela and Most Popular Telenovela categories; 2019 Rugby World Cup documentary Chasing The Sun secured four nominations for Best TV Documentary, Best Directing, Cinematography and Editing.

Showmax originals including Lockdown, Loving Thokoza and Black Tax were also nominated, while TV series Lebo M: Coming Home, Life With Kelly Khumalo and Somizi & Mohale are competing against each other in the category of Best Structured Reality TV Show.

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment for MultiChoice group, said: “We are excited to once again see most of our shows scoop the bulk of this year’s SAFTA nominations. This is a win for local TV and film and demonstrates MultiChoice Group’s commitment to investing in local content to allow for local stories to be told by Africans.

“The nominations are also a testament to the incredible resilience of all the talent, cast and crew in various productions as our industry navigated the complexities brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic, which were characterised by production stoppages and a period of uncertainty for many creatives.”

The SAFTAs ceremony will take place on May 22 on Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161 at 19.00.

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Mzansi Magic’s SA drama Gomora set for S2

Gomora was ordered for Mzansi Magic

M-Net’s South African original drama series Gomora is returning for a second season this month.

The series, produced by Seriti Films, was commissioned for the MultiChoice-owned channel’s local-interest network Mzansi Magic. It stars Connie Chiume, Siphesihle Ndaba, Ntobeko Sishi, Thembi Seete and Zolisa Xaluva.

Season one told the story of two families with different lifestyles and how their lives were intertwined by a tragedy, while season two will follow the pain of the same two families as they break apart and come together again.

Nomsa Philiso, director of local entertainment channels at M-Net, said: “After Gomora raked in high viewership numbers in its debut season, viewers are in for a treat, as the storyline looks set to raise emotions even higher as their favourites will find themselves squaring up against each other in this extraordinary tale of two families at the heart of Alexandra.

“Viewers are also in for a big surprise as one of the main characters in the telenovela will die and this will plunge the two families into chaos, heartbreak and pandemonium.”

Series producer Lulu Hela tweeted: “Our passion project Gomora has been renewed for season two. Grateful to our exceptionally talented and hardworking cast and crew for creating magic everyday. Grateful to our fans and supporters, thank you for loving our show as much as we do. The new season is said to bring tragedy that will shock viewers and completely change the dynamic of the two main families. It promises to be a story of betrayal, love and crime.”

Gomora S2 will debut on April 26 on Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161 at 19.30.

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