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Cast of Netflix's 'Blood & Water' set to debut on May 20th.

Netflix Announces Premiere Date for Second African Original Series 'Blood & Water'

The highly-anticipated youth-led drama series is set to debut on the streaming service on May 20th.

Netflix recently announced the premiere date for its second African Original Series. Blood & Water, a youth-led drama series directed by the award-winning Nosipho Dumisa, follows the story of a teenager who discovers shocking secrets about her family's past whilst trying to navigate life at a South African high school.

Blood & Water stars fresh faces like Khosi Ngema and known talents Ama Qamata, Natasha Thahane, Cindy Mahlangu, Arno Greeff, Dillon Windvogel among several others. The drama series is set to debut on Netflix on May 20th.

Describing the casting process, Dumisa has said, "Blood & Water presented us with the opportunity to bring a mixture of fresh new faces alongside seasoned actors." She adds that, "After seeing hundreds of actors and newcomers from both Cape Town and Johannesburg, we're excited to be a part of opening up the industry."

Netflix has been bringing the African heat of late.

READ: Netflix Launches New 'Made In Africa' Collection to Mark 'Africa Month'

A few days ago, the streaming service announced its next African Original Series titled JIVA!.!. The dance drama series starring Noxolo Dlamini as the lead actress, tells 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.

The streaming service also announced that its wildly successful first African Original Series, the six-part spy-thriller Queen Sono, has been renewed for a second season with the premiere date set to be announced soon.



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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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