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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.

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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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A-Reece Releases His Second Song of 2020 ‘Selfish [EXP 2]’

Listen to A-Reece's new song 'Selfish [EXP 2].'

A-Reece has released another song via SoundCloud. "Selfish" is a minimalist song with its beat consisting mostly of gnarled guitar strings and a pulsating bongo drum.

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Aewon Wolf Preaches Subversion and Freethinking in His New Album ‘The Return’

Aewon Wolf releases 'The Return' after a two-year hiatus.

Aewon Wolf has always preferred to sprinkle some pop in his hip-hop, as can be heard in his previous releases. His latest project, The Return, his first in two years, boasts some pop-leaning songs like "Thando Lwami," "Something Special," "Cool Kids" and others are all glazed in the customary top 40 chart sheen through the use of glossy synths and pads alongside other contraptions.

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Yemi Alade Enlists Djimon Hounsou for New Music Video 'Remind You'

The veteran Beninese actor stars in the sultry music for Yemi Alade's latest single.

Yemi Alade shares her latest music video for her single "Remind You," and it stars none other than celebrated Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou.

"Remind You" is a sultry R&B track from the singer's latest album, 2019's Woman of Steel. The vibrant music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse, sees the singer gallivanting in an empty mansion in various elegant gowns. Honsou graces the screen throughout the video as well, but the two don't meet until the very end, when things take a funny and unexpected turn.

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Interview: Afro Nation Festival's Smade On Unifying Africans Across the Continent & Diaspora

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Afro Nation co-founder Adesegun Adeosun aka Smade to talk about how it all started and what the future holds.

Within minutes of speaking with Adesegun Adeosun, it's apparent that Afro Nation is much more than an urban music festival.

The Afro Nation co-founder, better known as Smade, talks passionately about connecting Africans across the globe. In less than a year since its debut edition, Afro Nation has successfully done this and gone on to establish itself as the largest festival celebrating African culture on the continent and in the diaspora.

This year, Afro Nation will touch down in Puerto Rico for the first time over spring break—from the 18th to the 21st of March—on the beach of Balneario de Carolina. Headliners will include Burna Boy, Chronixx, Davido, 2Baba, Naira Marley and many more.

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Smade to talk about Afro Nation, how it all started and what the future holds.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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