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'Cook Off' Becomes First Independent Zimbabwean Film to be Acquired by Netflix

'Cook Off' Becomes First Independent Zimbabwean Film to be Acquired by Netflix

Starring Zimbabwean talents Tendaiishe Chitima, Tendai Nguni and Jesesi Mungoshi, 'Cook Off' is the food-centric rom-com set to premiere on Netflix this year.

Netflix promises continues to bring the African heat. Most recently, , the streaming giant acquired the independent Zimbabwean film Cook Off. The food-centric rom-com was written and directed by Tomas Lutuli Brickhill and stars Zimbabwean talents including Tendaiishe Chitima, Tendai Nguni and Jesesi Mungoshi, among several others. The film becomes the first ever export from Zimbabwe's film and television industry to land on Netflix.


Cook Off tells the story of Anesu, a struggling single mother from a Harare township with a flair for cooking. However, after she qualifies for Zimbabwe's top reality cooking show, she finds herself not only battling against professional chefs but her own self-doubt.

Since its international premiere at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) back in 2018, Cook Off has screened at over fifteen film festivals worldwide and gone on to win several awards. Shot with an incredibly limited budget just after former president Robert Mugabe was ousted in the infamous "coup-not-coup", Cook Off is a testament to how the arts continue to transcend even the most trying of circumstances.

Speaking about having been cast in the lead role, Chitima (who plays Anesu) says, "When I first read Cook-off I thought to myself 'wow, what a unique story, what an intriguing story'." Chitima goes on to add that, "We haven't had a lot of Zimbabwean stories told in that way. The writing was brilliant, it was funny, there was a bit of drama, there was tension. The writing really encapsulated all kinds of themes and different genres altogether. I was really excited about the script and actually that's what really drew me to the role."

Brickhill and producer Joe Njagu have both expressed their excitement at the recent deal and emphasised how it will go a long way in shining a light on the largely untapped talent in Zimbabwe's film industry.

Watch the trailer for Cook Off below:

Cook Off OFFICIAL TRAILER (2020) HD youtu.be

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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