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Watch the Trailer of the New South African Netflix Series, 'Shadow'

The new South African series, filmed in the heart of Johannesburg, stars Pallance Dladla and Amanda du-Pont.

Netflix, the global streaming giant, is staying true its promise of producing more Afrocentric content in their pursuit of international growth. Their latest series, Shadow, is a South African production and follows shortly after their first ever South African series, Queen Sono, starring Pearl Thusi.


Shadow follows the story of a police detective and former taskforce specialist , Shadrach 'Shadow' Khumalo who, after a young girl is brutally murdered, embarks on bringing justice in what sounds a little reminiscent of Denzel Washington in The Equalizer. With the help of his former partner, Shadow throws the underworld of Johannesburg into chaos as he attempts to fix what was broken. What is particularly curious about Shadow, however, is his inability to feel physical pain after he was struck by lightening one night as a child.

The series promises to be action-packed and loaded with phenomenally choreographed fight scenes between Shadow and the villains of the underworld. Throw in a few tender scenes with his lover Ashley, and this promises to be a one-of-a-kind production by Netflix. Pallance Dladla plays the role of Shadow whilst Amanda du-Pont plays the role of Ashley, Shadow's former partner and current love interest.

Watch the trailer here:

Shadow | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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