AFDA alumni star in new Showmax/Canal+ drama series Blood Psalms

News, 14 August 2020

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AFDA alumni continue to enjoy the spotlight on the world’s major streaming platforms landing key roles and positions on the all new major series on Netflix, Showmax and Mnet. After the first Netflix African Original series, Shadow, starring Amanda Du Pont, the hit series Blood and Water, directed by Nosipho Dumisa, Travis Taute and Daryne Joshua, Richard Lukunku and Shamilla Miller playing roles on Showmax’s The Girls from St. Agnes and Thapelo Mokoena starring on the Mnet series Trackers, it is fantastic to see five AFDA alumni acting in a new African series set to hit screens worldwide in 2021.

MultiChoice recently announced the new drama series Blood Psalms, inspired by a Xhosa legend, that will be a co-production between its Showmax and Canal+ and that will tell the story of a fierce African queen, Zazi, who battles a world-ending prophecy to navigate her people through complexities, politics and endless wars.

AFDA alumni Ayanda Makayi, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Lemogang Tsipa, Thandy Matlaila and Richard Lukunku have been cast on the series alongside names ranging from Albert Ibokwe Khoza, Sello Maake Ka Ncube, Thando Thabethe, Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa and Faith Baloyi to Siv Ngesi, Hlubi Mboya, Warren Masemola and many more.

The creative producers duo Layla Swart and Jahmil X.T Qubeka who are the co-owners of Yellowbone Entertainment are the brains behind the series.

Layla Swart says "Every one of the actors selected brings their own unique ability to authentically translate this magical epic onto screen".

"The goal, for us, is to ensure that the golden thread of Africa’s stunning history really shines. The story of Blood Psalms not only entertains but also contributes to the preservation of African culture and languages as authentically told by Africans, to be enjoyed by the world."

Fabrice Fabrice Faux, chief content officer of Canal+ International, says "This African story, inspired by a Xhosa legend, will carry our viewers into mythological and epic adventures. With an outstanding directing and production team and a talented cast, Blood Psalms promises to be a big phenomenon that will resonate in all of Africa and internationally."

The 10-episode Blood Psalms that will be shown on Showmax in 2021 features a sprawling cast of  black actors is filmed in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and North West provinces in South Africa.



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