Ready to dance? Netflix set to release second African Street dance drama ‘JIVA!’

by Duke Magazine

Netflix is at the verge of producing its second original from Africa, dance drama “JIVA!” out of South Africa.

Produced by Cape Town-based Blue Ice Africa, “JIVA!” follows talented street dancer Ntombi who gradually discovers that dancing may be the saving grace out of her hopeless job, complicated love life, and family drama. 

Busisiwe Ntintili, of The Ntintili Factory, is the creator and showrunner of “JIVA!” The award-winning writer, director and producer is the brain behind 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”).

Furthermore, the cast includes young 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 are Busisiwe Ntintili, Adam Friedlander and Tebogo Maila.

The new drama follows a second season good-to-go for Netflix’s first African original, ‘Queen Sono.’

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