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Production for 'Blood & Water,' Netflix's Second African Original Series, has Begun

The Nosipho Dumisa-directed series will star Ama Qamata and Khosi Ngema as the lead actresses.

After Netflix announced that a second African original series would follow soon after Queen Sono a few months ago, production of the Cape Town-based, mystery series Blood & Water, has officially begun.


Produced by Gambit films and directed by the award-winning South African director, Nosipho Dumisa, this youthful series will follow 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.

The youth-led cast includes the young and talented Ama Qamata, who's starred in the local drama series, Rhythm City and My Perfect Family. She is joined by Khosi Ngema who is set to make her acting debut in the series. Additionally, Thabang Molaba plays the role of the typical high school bad boy while Dillon Windvogel, from the Afrikaans telenovella Arendsvlei, assists Qamata's character in her bid to find out more details about her older sister who was kidnapped at birth. Veteran actor, Sello Maake, will also be a part of this diverse cast.

Describing the casting process, Dumisa said, "Blood & Water presented us with the opportunity to bring a mixture of fresh new faces alongside seasoned actors. 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.'"

Blood & Water is expected to launch on Netflix in 2020.

Photo courtesy of Kunjina

Spotlight: Ethiopian Brand Kunjina Is On a Fashion Metamorphosis

Founder and creative director Kunjina Tesfaye speaks on her namesake brand, and how her personal evolution manifests through the unique garments.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists, and more who are producing vibrant, original work.

In our latest piece, we spotlight Ethiopian fashion brand, Kunjina. The Addis Ababa based label focuses on ready-to-wear fashion and empowering woman through their garments and designs. Creator Kunjina Tesfaye established the brand in 2017 in her home country Ethiopia, and has since shared her distinctive designs with the world. Each garment acts as a physical embodiment of Kunjina's life experiences, and the stages we all go through to become closer to ourselves. "When the work comes from a personal place, it portrays a true feeling therefore the output becomes Authentic", the young designer says on the website. Each garment is carefully and intentionally created, as the company prides themselves on their choice to reduce unnecessary waste -- often times what happens with brands focused on trends.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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