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VARIETY ARTICLE: The joy of Jiva! Netflix’s South African dance series bursts from the screen


Netflix is in production on its fifth original out of Africa, South African dance drama “JIVA!”

Produced by Cape Town-based Blue Ice Africa, “JIVA!” follows talented street dancer Ntombi who slowly realizes dancing may be a ticket out of her dead-end job, family drama and turbulent love life.

Busisiwe Ntintili, of The Ntintili Factory, is creator and showrunner of “JIVA!” The award-winning writer, director and producer is responsible for one of South Africa’s highest rated television shows, the Peabody Award-winning drama “Intersexions” and hit movie “Happiness is a Four Letter Word.”

The series is directed by Scottnes L. Smith (“Hear Me Move”), Mandla Dube (“Kalushi”) and Mmambatho Montsho (“Emoyeni”).


Meanwhile, the cast includes break-out star Noxolo Dlamini playing the lead, Candice Modiselle (“Generations”), Sne Mbatha (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Stella Dlangalala (“Funny People Africa”) and veteran actor Tony Kgoroge (“Invictus,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”).

Executive producers on the drama include Busisiwe Ntintili, Adam Friedlander and Tebogo Maila.

The new drama follows a second season greenlight for Netflix’s first African original, “Queen Sono.” The South African teen drama “Blood & Water” will debut on the service in May.



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