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Blood and Water is the Second Original South African Series by Netflix

The teen-led series will be directed by award-winning Black girl magic, Nosipho Dumisa.

Netflix was not playing around when they announced that they would be investing into more Afrocentric content. They have an original Malawian drama The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and now two original South African series. Blood and Water, follows shortly after Queen Sono, which stars actress Pearl Thusi.


This youthful series will follow the story of a teenager who discovers shocking secrets about her family's past whilst trying to navigate life in the often times complex world of a South African high school. The series will begin production this year and will only be launched officially some time next year.

Speaking on her latest project, Nosipho Dumisa said:

"Gambit Films and I are so excited to be working with Netflix on this explosive young adult drama, with not only a cool look at strong female leads but also a powerful mystery at its core. As a director who loves genre, this series combines the best of so many and isn't shy to delve into the real issues of youth culture, whilst jam-packing it with twists that will keep viewers guessing."

Whilst the cast of the series has not yet been revealed, it's rumored it will comprise of several fresh faces and new talent. Its notable director, Dumisa, has made international waves with her gangster thriller Nommer 37 which resulted in her winning the top prize at the Fantasia International Film Festival for Best Director. The film also received a riveting review from the New York Times.


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Nigerian and French-Candadian afrofusion singer TÖME's latest lighthearted single "Nana" blends afrobeats with indie-folk.

Award-winning singer and songwriter TÖME has kickstarted her 2021 music releases with the single "Nana". She also recently won the prestigious JUNO award, under the Reggae Recording of the Year category, for her single "I Pray" featuring Jamaican artist Sean Kingston. The annual Juno Awards celebrate all aspects of Canadian musical artists.The Nigerian French-Canadian singer continues to wave the Nigerian flag high, where she is a descendant through her paternal lineage. "Nana" follows TÖME's 2020 album, Bt4w (Bigger Than 4 Walls) which she created in the middle of quarantine.

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South Africa's LootLove Takes Over as Host for Africa Now Radio

South African broadcaster and media personality, LootLove, will debut as host on Africa Now Radio this Sunday.

South African broadcaster and media personality, LootLove, has recently joined Apple Music's Africa Now Radio as the new host. Taking over from Nigeria's DJ Cuppy, who was the host last year, LootLove will debut this Sunday with an exciting episode just shortly after the music radio station celebrated its one-year anniversary. The radio station has been quite deliberate about spotlighting both emerging and veteran artists who are pivotal to the culture including the likes of Davido, Nasty C, Tiwa Savage and several others.

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Tkay Maidza Shares the Surreal Visuals For 'Cashmere'

Zimbabwean-born Australian rapper, Tkay Maidza, has dropped the music video for her single 'Cashmere' which features on her upcoming EP 'Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3.'

The Australian-Zimbabwean rapper, Tkay Maidza, has recently shared the fun and flora-filled visuals for her latest single "Cashmere". The track features on her upcoming and highly anticipated Last Year Was Weird, Vol.3. EP. The "Cashmere" music video is a dreamy and surreal production that gives a taste of what's to come from the young artist who is reportedly set to tour with American singer, Princess Nokia.

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