South Africa’s ‘Jiva!’ is Netflix’s Next African Original Series

Netflix has confirmed his next African Original series, Jiva!, a dance drama led by South African dancer and actor, Nixolo Dlamini. This announcement is coming after the streaming giant announced it had renewed Queen Sono, its first Africa Original series, for a second season.

This is a moment in time for the African narrative. This is just going to show you just how incredible we are.

Jiva! follows Ntombi, a talented street dancer, who while juggling family duties, a dead-end job, and a rocky relationship, realizes dancing is her only escape out of her working-class neighborhood. To succeed, she must fix her family issues, beat her rivals, and overcome her fears.

Jiva! is a local slang which loosely means “the physical interpretation of music.”

Dlamini, who plays Ntombi, is supported by Sne Mbatha, Stella Dlangalala, Candice Modiselle, and Tony Kgoroge. Cape Town-based production outfit, Blue Ice Africa, is producing the show, which is co-directed by Mandla Dube (Kalushi), Mmambatho Montsho, and Scottnes L. Smith, who directed the dance drama, Hear Me Love.

Watch a preview of Jiva! below.


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Daniel Okechukwu
Daniel is a Nollywood blogger; he discusses the latest happenings in the Nigerian Film Industry. His writings on Nollywood have appeared on Okayafrica, Africa is a Country, Konbini, and Culture Custodian.

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