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South African fantasy series 'Blood Psalms' coming soon

A scene from Blood Psalms


MultiChoice is looking forward to screening a brand new South African fantasy series — based on pre-colonial African mythology — and coming soon to Showmax.

The South African series, called Blood Psalms, is being produced in partnership with French pay-TV service Canal+.

A co-production with French Pay TV service Canal+ International, Blood Psalms is an epic series based on ancient African mythology. Currently shooting in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng, Blood Psalms chronicles the rise to power of a fierce teenaged princess, Zazi (Bokang Phelane from Keeping ScoreEmoyeni), who battles a world-ending prophecy to navigate her people through ancient curses, long-standing tribal vendettas, and the wrath of the Gods.

Show creators Layla Swart and Jahmil X.T. Qubeka from Yellowbone Entertainment were responsible for South Africa’s 2020 Oscar entry, the boxing drama Knuckle City, the most awarded film at this year’s South African Film and Television Awards, where it took home six awards, including Best Director for Jahmil and Best Editor for Layla.

The heavy-weight ensemble cast includes South African Film and Television Awards winners Bongile Mantsai (Knuckle City), Hamilton Dlamini (Five Fingers To Marseilles), Hlubi Mboya (Isidingo), Mothusi Magano (Tsotsi, Hotel Rwanda), Siv Ngesi (Knuckle CityStill Breathing), Thishiwe Ziqubu (Hard To Get), Warren Masemola (The Republic, Tjovitjo), and Zolisa Xaluva (GomoraKnuckle City), as well as SAFTA nominees Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa (Rockville), Niza Jay (The Wound), Richard Lukunku (Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word, Black Sails), Sello Maake Ka Ncube (The Herd), Thando Thabethe (Housekeepers), Thembekile Komani (Knuckle City) and Zikhona Sodlaka (Shooting Stars), not to mention Faith Baloyi and Thabo Rametsi, the leads in the 2019 Berlinale Panorama opener Flatland and Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu respectively. 

MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment and Connected Video Yolisa Pahle says  they “can’t wait to present our exquisite view on African mythology to a global audience.”

The series is currently shooting in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.

Kevin Kriedemann

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