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6 Must See Docu-Series on DStv

Trafficked, Narco Wars S1 and more.

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There’s nothing better than grabbing a snack and watching a good docu-series. It’s such a vast world of varying themes, topics, people and subjects. This year, DStv has lined up a slew of some really interesting ones.

From the most the world’s most dangerous underground black markets in Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller, to the inner workings of cartels with Narco Wars, to the world’s greatest mysteries with Laurence Fishburne or channel your inner conspiracy theorist with Roswell: The First Witness.

There’s something there for your taste.

SOME SIX DOCU-SERIES LANDING SOON ON DSTV

TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER

This series sees Mariana van Zeller go deep into the nuts and bolts of the world’s most dangerous underground black markets. Each episode of the 8-part series will see Mariana in a different market – including but not limited to drugs – with glimpses into the businesses, people and the real life economic impact of each one.

Thursday on National Geographic (DStv Channel 181) at 21:00 or on Catch-Up

ROSWELL: THE FIRST WITNESS

This series takes the form of the personal diary of Major Jesse Marcel Sr., the first person to investigate the wreckage of Roswell on 8 July, 1947, after a mysterious object crashed.  The Major maintained the US Military’s claim that it was a weather balloon was wrong. This series will detail what was found in the Major’s diary and what it could mean about the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Sunday on History (DStv 186) at 19:25 or on Catch-Up

HISTORY’S GREATEST MYSTERIES WITH LAURENCE FISHBURNE 

Laurence Fishburne hosts a new series attempting to answer some of the unanswered questions relating to the world’s greatest events. From the Titanic to the disappearance of D.B. Cooper, no enigmatic event will be left untouched by Fishburne.

Sunday on History (DStv Channel 186) at 20:15

NARCO WARS S1

If you’ve seen Cartel Tik Tok, which gives inside information into how Mexican cartels store and ship drugs, you’ll love this series, which goes in-depth into the drug war. Narco Wars is a docuseries exploring the Mexican drug war from the point of view of the hitmen, smugglers, criminals, various politicians and journalists at the forefront of these stories. This show will take shape as a 10-part series combining action and documentary to culminate in the real raw footage of a murder.

Monday on National Geographic (DStv Channel 181) at 21:00

ENDURANCE: THE HUNT FOR SHACKLETON ICE SHIP

This tale is one of history’s greatest mysteries. Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 – 28 if you count the cat – went on an exhibition to Antarctica, but along the way Endurance, their ship, was destroyed by glaciers. Sir Ernest and the men remarkably managed to survive, but the ship’s final resting place remains unknown. This series will follow a new ground-breaking expedition to find it.

Sunday on History (DStv 186) at 20:15

 A PERFECT PLANET 

This new 8-part docuseries sees Emmy winning narrator, Sir David Attenborough explore how the planet works. It delves into various topics and how these elements allow life to flourish. The final episode will also go into detail as to how the series was created – including its recording time in South Africa. The extraordinary footage is sure to make you rethink the world and your role in it.

Starts, Sunday 14 February on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184) at 16:00

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

Welcome to Wakanda!

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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.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

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.

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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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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

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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