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Netflix's Blood and Water to Return for Second Season.

Netflix's 'Blood & Water' Set to Return for Second Season

Following a wildly successful first season, Netflix has announced that the teen-led drama will be returning to screens for a second season.

Netflix recently announced that its African Original Series, Blood & Water is set to return for a second season. The teen-led drama, directed by the award-winning Nosipho Dumisa, was the first-ever African original Series to be ranked first on Netflix in ten different countries including the US after it premiered on May 20th. Details around when exactly the second season will premiere are still to be released by the streaming platform.


Just a few months ago, Netflix announced that its debut African Original Series, Queen Sono, a six-part spy-thriller starring Pearl Thusi, would be returning for a second season. Now it's been confirmed that Blood & Water will be following suit.

READ: In Conversation with Mzwandile Sibanda: 'We wanted to provide 'Blood & Water' with music that's at a high level and helps enhance the story.'

Given Blood & Water's irrefutable success on Netflix and rave reviews from fans on social media, the announcement does not come as much of a surprise. With a fresh-faced cast including Ama Qamata, Dillon Windvogel and Khosi Ngema and film veterans such as Sello Maake Ka-Ncube and Getmore Sithole, Blood &Water was able to spotlight themes of grief and loss in a way that resonated with a broad audience.

Speaking to Dumisa in a recent interview, she said, "When we created Blood & Water, we were really hopeful that it would resonate with a lot of the world." Dumisa went on to add that, "We definitely wanted it to resonate with South Africans and Africans. I think the fact that it reached number one in South Africa and countries like and Nigeria, was such a big deal for me. That was like a dream come true and it felt like a blessing. It still feels like a blessing. I get giddy every time I think about it."

Read the rest of OkayAfrica's interview with Dumisa here.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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