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Stormzy Snags His First TV Lead Role in BBC Drama 'Noughts & Crosses'

The series is set in a world where black people are the ruling class, while white people deal with discrimination and prejudice.

Stormzy has landed a lead role in a drama developed by BBC and Roc Nation, Variety reports.

He's set to play Kolawale in Noughts & Crosses, an adaptation of novels from Bajan-British author Malorie Blackman. His character is a newspaper editor and was created solely for the TV series.


The novels and this series are set in a world where the Crosses, the black ruling class, have suppressed the Noughts, the white population facing discrimination and prejudice. "It follows two young people, Sephy and Callum, who are divided by their color but united by a sense of injustice," Variety explains. Sephy is a Cross and the daughter of a wealthy government worker, while Callum, her undercover friend, is a Nought whose mother was Sephy's former nanny. Both of their lives are then impacted by the establishment of the Liberation Militia, a terrorist group committed to ending Cross supremacy, British Vogue adds.

"As a diehard fan of Malorie's novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true," Stormzy says in a statement.

Stormzy will star alongside Jack Rowan (Callum), South African newcomer Masali Baduza (Sephy), Helen Baxendale, Paterson Joseph and Ian Hart.

"As an icon of black British culture, we are honored to have Stormzy play a part in this adaptation of a novel he's such a fan of," executive producer Preethi Mavahalli says.

Mammoth Screen is producing the show for the BBC, with Roc Nation and Participant Media on as executive producers. ITV Studios have come on board to distribute the series internationally.

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Watch the Hazy Music Video for Burna Boy's 'Secret' Featuring Jeremih and Serani

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The track, which features American singer Jeremih and Jamaican dancehall artist Serani, is arguably one of the album's most fun and memorable tracks. The song gets a hazy music video starring the three artists in various dimly-lit, monochromatic settings. The video was directed by David Camarena.

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Listen to J Hus' New Album 'Big Conspiracy'

The artist's highly-anticipated sophomore album features Burna Boy, Koffee and more.

J Hus is back. The heavyweight British-Gambian artist returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Big Conspiracy.

The 13-track album features the likes of Burna Boy, who joins the artist on the upbeat track "Play Play," as well as buzzing Jamaican artist Koffee who appears on the track "Repeat," one of the album's clear standouts.

It also features a new artist by the name of iceè tgm on three tracks. Some fans have speculated that the mysterious artist is J Hus' sister. The album includes the previously released single 'Must Be,' which he dropped in November of last year.

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Skales Enlists Falz and Harmonize for New Track 'Oliver Twist II Remix'

PREMIERE: Skales drops a standout remix of his single 'Oliver Twist,' featuring production from legendary producer Teddy Riley.

Nigerian artist Skales shares a massive new remix of his single "Oliver Twist," featuring Nigerian rapper Falz and Tanzanian singer Harmonize.

The track notably features co-production from legendary R&B and hip hop producer Teddy Riley. "I had been in talks with Teddy Riley since my last trip to London," Skales tells OkayAfrica about how the collaboration with the veteran producer came to be. "We've been sharing ideas about music. So when I made Oliver Twist with the original producer, TMXO, I sent it to him to give it a listen. He did and decided to add his Midas touch to it too."

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