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The Dramatic and Over-the-Top World of South African Reality Television

From Being Bonang to Rich Kids—these are five of our favorite South African reality television shows streaming online

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We all love lamenting how ratchet reality television can be, but the ratings don't lie, fam. We can't help but indulge in the unbelievably lavish, downright bizarre and shameless behaviour in the lives of ordinary people and celebs who lay it bare on our screens for all to see. South Africa is no different. Whether you want to catch up with the always-extra Somizi or kick it with cool, calm and collected Minnie Dlamini or the sexy J'Something as he watches wannabe chefs cook up a storm, Showmax has all the reality entertainment to keep you coming back for more guilty pleasures.


Being Bonang

Oh Lawd! If you have not watched mo'ghel in action, you really don't love yourself. By far my favourite show on television right now. I have never been on the edge of my seat as I have with this particular show. Bonang is many things: beautiful, industrious, multi-talented, a perfectionist, graceful and absolutely entertaining. Whether she's raking up enormous bills during her shopping sprees or introducing us to a world where she's literally created a contagious vocabulary of her own, again, if you love yourself, you'll catch up with the Queen B, the one who reigns supreme.

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Living the Dream with Somizi

If you haven't met Somizi, or 'Somgaga', as we love to call him, let me tell you that there is no one else who comes close when it comes to being over the top; he is the absolute king of entertainment. Follow the luxurious bashes at his house and elsewhere, meet his stunning daughter Bahumi and get caught up in his tumultuous bromance with his best friend TT. And in case you can't get enough of Somizi, also catch him on the Comedy Central Roast of Somizi, also on Showmax.

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Becoming Mrs Jones

I must admit I was a bit hesitant to watch Minnie Dlamini's journey to marrying Quinton Jones. Reality television isn't really synonymous with class these days and I didn't want to sit through something sacred and profound turned tacky. But, fortunately enough, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a beautifully narrated story that showed the personal and intimate parts to their relationship. In short, it had me swooning and wondering (yep, you guessed) when that fairytale would happen for me as well.

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My Perfect Proposal

Before the marriage comes the coveted Big Day, and before that, the day many women (and men) dream of for years and years: the perfect proposal. Be it on the beach, in a hot-air balloon, in an expensive restaurant or even in something as simple as the park, wherever South African couples commit to tie the knot, this series is your chance to join them on their journey. I must warn you though, it might have you uhm… you know… wanting to propose yourself – I kid you not!

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Dineo's Diary

Radio personality Dineo Ranaka is GOALS! She is fierce, blunt as a butter knife and always able to see through the BS. Her show is a little more endearing than, say, Somizi's, because it is more down-to-earth and a little less lavish. But this doesn't in any way take away from the fact that it's a drama-packed, hilarious and genuinely entertaining show. While it seems like her siblings all have the same name (still trying to wrap my head around that), their shenanigans will have you rolling on the floor with laughter or shaking your head in utter disbelief.

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Rich Kids

Remember Chris Brown's lyric: 'I get what you get in ten years in two days'? Well, that is the epitome of this reality show. We take a peek into the lives of SA's wealthiest kids where price tags aren't anything more than mere numbers. Anything they want, best believe they can have from the latest gadgets and gizmos and designer wear to some of the most stunning cars you've ever laid eyes on. Some of them are surprisingly down-to-earth whilst others are your quintessential nose-in-the-air snobs. Either way, whether you like them or not, one thing that is irrefutable is that they probably have a lot more money than you (and I) could ever imagine.

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There's a twoness to Nebyu's identity that allows him to create from a place of historical-cultural reverence while pushing forward new ideas. He was raised in a Rastafarian household by an Ethiopian dad and African-American mother.

Nebyu doesn't hold much back when he speaks, like his music. He preaches about belonging to his community, gentrification and the diaspora. His work serves as a strong soundboard, for not only his Ethiopian community but D.C. natives.

In 2011, Nebyu co-founded the Washington Slizzards, a collective of Ethiopian creatives in D.C. What started as a joke, tacking on "slizz" to everything, became a buzz-worthy crew. Around the same time as the group's inception, he began releasing music into the world.

Nebyu first ventured into making music as a producer, but soon found it frustrating getting artists to use his beats. He decided to begin experimenting with using his own voice and hasn't slowed down since. OkayAfrica caught up with Nebyu to discuss the new album and growing up uptown.

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Listen to the "All Star Remix" now.

"Tear Rubber," one of the standouts from DJ Neptune's latest album, Greatness, gets a big remix that'll jump start your week.

The track, which originally featured Mayorkun, now gets a massive revisit featuring Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty and Afro B.

All three are potent additions to this laid-back and addictive Young John-produced track which was already getting a lot of spins.

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We now have two new Sade songs to shed thug tears to before the end of 2018, y'all.

The queen herself released a lyric video for her new track, "The Big Unknown." This single will be played during the end credits of Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, Widows, which is due to be released in theaters November 16, Highsnobiety reports.

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