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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.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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