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Production for 'Queen Sono,' Netflix's First African Original Series, Is Underway

South Africa's own Pearl Thusi will be joined by a master roster of a cast for this spy thriller.

At the end of 2018, it was revealed that South Africa's very own Pearl Thusi would star in the first Netflix original series coming from the continent. In an update, Netflix has announced in a press release that production for Queen Sono has begun by Johannesburg-based production company Diprente.


The six-part series is an action-packed spy thriller—where we follow Thusi playing the title role—working for an undercover South African agency devoted to protecting African people.

Image courtesy of Netflix.

Image courtesy of Netflix.

Image courtesy of Netflix.


Kagiso Lediga is the showrunner and director of the series, alongside director Tebogo Malope. The two will direct three episodes each, with the team led by executive producer Tamsin Andersson.

The all-local cast for Queen Sono that's due to join Thusi will be Vuyo Dabula playing Shandu, an ex-spy who has taken a different path. Sechaba Morojele plays the role of Dr Sid, director of the SOG, with Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga and Rob Van Vuuren—the agents on his team. Kate Liquorish will play Ekaterina, the heiress of an oligarch family with ulterior motives. Khathu Ramabulana plays Queen's childhood friend, William, now in a relationship with Enhle Maphumulo's character Nova. Abigail Kubekha plays Mazet, Queen's beloved Gogo (grandmother), who has always supported Queen—no matter the trouble she gets herself into.

Connie Chiume, Otto Nobela and James Ngcobo round out this master roster of a cast.

Queen Sono is due to be released on Netflix globally in 2020.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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