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Netflix Announces its Second African Original Series 'JIVA!'

Sneak Peek: Netflix Announces its Next African Original Series 'JIVA!'

Netflix's next African Original Series 'JIVA!' is a dance drama series starring South African actress Noxolo Dlamini as the lead.

Netflix is certainly making good on its commitment to release more content from the African continent. Off the heels of its wildly successful first African Original Series Queen Sono starring Pearl Thusi, the streaming giant has announced that it's now working on its next African Original Series titled JIVA!. The dance drama series will again be lead by a South African female actress, Noxolo Dlamini, in addition to a strong, star-studded supporting cast.


A few days ago, Netflix announced that Queen Sono had been renewed for a second season. Not only do fans have that to look forward to, they can now begin counting down till the next bad-ass African Original Series launches on the streaming platform.

JIVA!, a South African slang term which translates to 'dance', is a drama series which will tell the story of a talented street dancer called Ntombi, who while juggling the demands of a dead-end job, family responsibility and a complex love life, realises that her choreography could be her ticket out of her working-class neighbourhood in Durban. However, in order to succeed, she must first overcome her fears, thrash her rivals and attempt to resolve some of the problems in her family.

Dlamini, who will play the lead a role, has starred in the stage production of the 1992 classic film Sarafina as well as popular local series Isibaya. She will be joined by Candice Modiselle, Sne Mbatha, Stella Dlangalala, Zamani Mbatha and veteran actor Tony Kgoroge, among many others.

Further details of production and premiere dates are still to be announced.

Watch a sneak preview of Netflix's JIVA! below:

JIVA! Announcement | Netflix www.youtube.com

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While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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