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Production for Showmax's Second Original Scripted Comedy 'Woke In Progress' is Underway

The show will be directed by the award-winning Rea Moeti.

After the colossal success of The Girl from St. Agnes and Tali's Wedding Diary, Showmax is currently busy with the production of their second original scripted comedy, Woke in Progress. The comedy series, which is being shot in Maboneng, Johannesburg, will star talents such as Lebogang Tlokana, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane and Kiroshan Naidoo. The series will be directed by the award-winning show-runner Rea Moeti whose short film Mma Moeketsi, which was inspired by the 2012 Marikana Massacre, has won awards at the Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar international film festivals.


Woke in Progress is set at The Maboneng Marble and follows the lives of two young women in their twenties who become unlikely roommates. The one young woman, Martie, is on a quest to find her biological parents after she finds out that she's adopted. Amandla, on the other hand, is trying to "reconnect with the motherland" after having followed her politician father across international posts. The streaming platform has described the show as an interesting mix between 2 Broke Girls and Dear White People.

Speaking about the upcoming series, Moeti said that, "When I first pitched Woke in Progress to Showmax, it was tamer than it is now, because I thought that was what South African platforms wanted." She added that, "But Showmax has pushed it to go further. So it's because of Showmax that the girls are as liberated as they are now."

Moeti brought on 2019 SAFTA winner for comedy and drama, Karabo Lediga, as well as animation writer Emma Lungiswa De Wet and film graduate Sipho Sondiyazi onto her dream team. Woke in Progress is set to air on Showmax on December 12th of this year.

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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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