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REVIEW: Queen Sono Netflix Original Series

Read the full review of Netflix’s very first African Original Series Queen Sono



Probably the one single silver-lining amid calls for social distancing to mitigate the potential spread of the Coronavirus is binge watching Netflix’s very first African produced web series Queen Sono.

It is unlike anything we’ve seen come out of the Mzansi’s film and television production houses. From the world-class visuals of the vibrant colours captured on the screen to the perfect choreography in the stunts during action sequences.

If you go down memory lane, without throwing any shade, Queen Sono is on a league of its own. The producers did away with the recycled  storyline of rags to riches tales of the African child or the criminal element that viewers just can’t help but fall in love with.

Instead, Pearl Thusi is positioned as the protagonist on this series, a refreshing sight reinforcing the strength of women in society. The creator, Kagiso Lediga seemingly took a conscious decision to carry the underlying tone of the movie when casting the supporting acts in the movie.

Queen Sono is a great exploration of the African landscape, both literally and figuratively. Even if you ignore the transgeographical flow of the series, Lediga made a concerted effort capture a linguistic collage of Northern and Southern tongues in the continent.

The spy thriller follows the escapades of a no-nonsense South African agent that deals with her psychological issues through fist-fighting and rebellion to authority. It seems like the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. She is the daughter of revolutionary fighter Safiya Sono, who was assassinated during the apartheid era and she uses her position to find who the culprit is.

RELATED: Apple Music Debuts Official Queen Sono Tracklist

Aiding Sono in her quest to rid the streets off bad guys is Loyiso Madinga as Frederique Kazadi. He pulls of an accent as a field technician in the cross-cultural special operations unit that undertakes dangerous missions around the continent.

The six part series touches on almost every pressing subject that still plagues the continent as a whole. From corrupt government officials, diamond smuggling and coupe de tats, to the very reason for it all, the greed for money.

All of the sombre subject matter is diluted by the beautiful and talented actresses that feature on the show. You’ll witness cameos from legendary thespians such as Abigail Kubeka, Connie Chiume, Kate Liquorish and Enhle Maphumulo that counterbalance all of the gunfire action.

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Get started on the binge-fest and enjoy Pearl in her breakout role as lead following her amazing work on Quantico. Sign up on Netflix today and get a 30 day trial for free.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!




Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.


Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.




They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.


It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Reality Shows

Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.




Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.


The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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