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Showmax and CANAL+ Announce Their First Original African Series Set in Kenya

Nairobi based 'Crime & Justice' is the first example of the streaming platform's investment in African voices and stories.

In their second co-production project to date, African streaming and on demand giant Showmax and global broadcaster CANAL+ have announced their first original African series. "Crime & Justice", their first Kenyan original series, is in production and is set to hit screens in 2021.

The show, described as a "gritty police procedural and legal show set in Nairobi, Kenya", features a star studded cast that is not likely to disappoint. Kenyan exports Sarah Hassan (Plan B, How to Find a Husband) and Alfred Munyua (Poacher, The First Grader, Sense8) lend their expertises as Makena and Silas, the two detectives at the heart of it all. The show follows "one ripped-from-the-headlines" case per episode and sees each case through the end.

Sarah shared her excitement with her Instagram followers this week, in a post teasing fans with what's to come. Hassan says she is looking forward to playing a detective for the first time in her career. "This is a very different character; I've never played anything like Makena before. It's very exciting to get a character that makes me grow as an actor."

"When I first read the script, I loved the delivery and realness of Silas as a character. It's not exaggerated and he's no Rambo hero; he just tackles his cases the normal way. I found a very real edge with this script, and I hope I'll do justice to the role," says Munyua.

The show, directed and produced by Adam Neutzsky-Wulff (All The Little Things We Kill, and You Are Here), features Maqbul Mohammed (Varshita, Auntie Boss) as DCI Boss Kebo, Paul Ogola (Sense 8, Kati Kati) as Prosecutor Sokoro and Brian Ogola (Lusala, Disconnect) as Caleb, the resident pathologist. Screen legend John Sibi-Okumu (The Constant Gardener, The First Grader), Muhugu Theuri (Pillow Talk, Pieces of Us), Brian Abajah (Sincerely Daisy), Martin Githinji (Sue na Jonnie, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind) and Justin Mirichii (Rafiki, Watu Wote) also lend their talents.

"Crime & Justice" will be made available to French-speaking viewers via CANAL+, with CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL COO Fabrice Faux emphasising the importance of African entertainment. "As part of our strategy of providing our subscribers with the best original content from the continent, " Faux says, "we are proud to partner with Showmax and enrich myCanal as well as CANAL+ channels with such premium series."

Crime & Justice comes to Showmax and CANAL+ in 2021.

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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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