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Netflix’s First South African Thriller Movie “Queen Sono” to Debut Soon.

The South African crime show stars Pearl Thusi (“Quantico”) as a specialist handling perilous crucial

Netflix has discharged a trailer for its foreseen first African unique arrangement, titled “Sovereign Sono.” The arrangement speaks to the spilling mammoth’s progressing drive into the African landmass — a still moderately undiscovered wellspring of ability and substance.

What is the cast?
“Sovereign Sono” is a South African wrongdoing show made by entertainer and executive Kagiso Lediga, featuring Pearl Thusi (“Quantico”) as a Jason Bourne-like employable who handles perilous missions while fighting with individual difficulties.

Thusi is participated before the camera by Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, Enhle Maphumulo, Abigail Kubeka, Connie Chiume, Otto Nobela, and James Ngcobo.

The arrangement was requested for a six-scene first season by Netflix in December 2018, with Lediga as official maker nearby Tamsin Andersson. Lediga and Tebogo Malope coordinated every one of the six scenes.

What accolades has the movie won?
In its proceeded with scan for expandable markets, a year ago, Netflix procured and discharged French-Senegalese producer Mati Diop’s element debut, the honor winning “Atlantics,” which debuted at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it was granted the Grand Prix.

Netflix likewise got the South African show “Shadow,” which was discharged all-inclusive as a Netflix Original on March 8, 2019. The 2018 Nigerian Toronto International Film Festival choice “Lionheart,” the directorial introduction of Nollywood (Nigerian film) genius entertainer Genevieve Nnaji, was additionally discharged as a Netflix Original movie on January 4, 2019.

Netflix African firsts presently in the pipeline incorporate “Mother K’s Team 4,” the streamer’s first African vivified unique arrangement. There is additionally the South African high schooler dramatization “Blood and Water,” to be coordinated by Nosipho Dumisa — the helmer behind the buzzy 2018 SXSW spine chiller “Number 37,” which was rethinking of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Back Window.”

These forceful moves by Netflix shouldn’t come as an astonishment. In December 2018, the organization flagged that it intended to quit fooling around about requesting/obtaining unique arrangements and movies from the African mainland, made by Africans — a stage which is in accordance with its worldwide desire.

Local film nominated for international award

LOCAL film Gonarezhou has been nominated for the Best First Feature Narrative award at the 28th edition of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which kicked off last Thursday and will end on February 23 in Los Angeles, California.

Award-winning filmmaker and the brains behind the production, Sydney Taivavashe, said he was delighted by the nomination.

Sydney Taivavashe (left) and Eddie Sandifolo during the production of Gonarezhou
Taivavashe recently told this paper that he was over the moon after receiving news of the nomination, which places him alongside international giants of fiction movies.

“The nomination feels good as it is proof that our production is capable of competing with other films at an international level. The festival is the biggest for blacks in America and that nomination is a win for us. We continue to put Zimbabwe on the map,” he said.

The filmmaker said although that was his fifth feature film, it was special to him.

“I started writing this story in 2013 and all these years we have been working towards the realisation of this project. We have faced many challenges but we have kept faith and I am happy with the product we have,” he said.

Taivavashe said the production, which had its world premiere in Los Angeles last Sunday, with a second screening set for tomorrow, featured prominent Zimbabwean actors Eddie Sandifolo and Tendai Chitima as well as musician Tamy Moyo.

“The movie is a Masvingo feature film which raises awareness on poaching and human trafficking.

It started production in November 2018 and wrapped up in August 2019. It traces the life of an underprivileged man as he falls into the hands of a notorious gang of poachers who lure him to be involved with the promise of riches,” he said.

Taivavashe said he hoped the film would help raise awareness that fighting poaching was not a white or government-only campaign but for everyone.

“The way we made the film will allow people to look at wildlife differently. It will also highlight issues of girls who might be vulnerable to human trafficking. It shows the nature of the illegal activities that take place,” he said.

Taivavashe and Sandifolo flew to Los Angeles on Monday.

A joint venture involving Nelne Pictures, Meso Maviri and Jubilee Arts, the production was recorded and produced by Wentworth Art World, Audly Studios, Ceeklear Music, Nelned Pictures Studios and Ngano Studios.

The Pan African Film Festival is a non-profit making organisation that promotes cultural understanding among Africans through exhibiting art and film.

Taivavashe produced his debut short film titled The Terrific Nights in 2006. His first feature film, Through the Night, was nominated for the Outstanding Feature Film award at the 2014 Nama.

In 2017, Sydney won a Nama award for directing Seiko, a silent short film before partnering Great Zimbabwe University to produce the feature film Solo naMutsai, portraying the experience of students who come from poor backgrounds and are at the university in the same year.


Boomplay and MUSO tackle music piracy in Africa.

The Boomplay-funded initiative seeks to remove pirated content that infringes on the copyrights of artists and producers in Africa.

Boomplay told Music In Africa that this is another huge step towards supporting the African music industry in realising its full potential. The partnership will also help artists and other music industry players regain revenue that is usually lost through illegal blogs and downloads.

“Every day, we have artists asking us for help in dealing with their content being illegally distributed and their copyrights being infringed,” Boomplay content and strategy director Phil Choi said.

“Joining forces with MUSO, one of the leading anti-piracy service providers to help industry stakeholders combat piracy in Africa, shows we are willing to act on behalf of our artists and their legal rights.”

UK-born platform MUSO, which says it holds the largest dataset on digital piracy in the world, seeks to change the media industry’s attitude towards piracy.

MUSO CEO and co-founder Andy Chatterley says: “MUSO provides best in class anti-piracy to thousands of music rights holders globally and numerous trade bodies including AIM, MPA and AFEM, and we are delighted to be working with Boomplay and supporting the exciting growth in the African music market.”

In an interview conducted earlier this month, Boomplay Africa head of marketing Tosin Sorinola told Music In Africa that piracy still remains one of the biggest threats to the African music industry. She also noted that music lovers are, however, gravitating towards purchasing music instead of downloading it illegally.

The partnership could be a move towards broader efforts by music streaming platforms to fight piracy in the continent. Just a few weeks ago, digital music platform Mdundo partnered with AudioLock to curb music piracy, removing more than 181 000 links to African music that infringed copyright laws.

Boomplay has taken down about 5000 links since partnering with MUSO

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