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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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Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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