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Asambeni! Netflix’s JIVA! will premiere on June 24th

South African dance culture

The highly anticipated African original, JIVA! is set to hit the groove streets on June 24th 2021!

The show follows Ntombi (Noxolo Dlamini), an ambitious, but frustrated young dancer from Umlazi, Durban who wants to ditch her dead-end job, fetch her nice life,  and get out of her rut and into the spotlight. On her journey to get there, she forms a dance group called the Trollies, made up of four very different but very talented women played by Candice Modiselle (Vuyiswa), Sne Mbatha (Zinhle)  Stella Dlangalala (Lady E) and Zazi Kunene (Nolwazi).  

Choreographed by Bontle Modiselle and Tom London, the show features a wide range of dance styles from Mzansi, all coming together to create a colourful ode to South African dance culture.  An electrifying celebration of South African fashion, dance  and urban life,  JIVA! shows the world the energy and spectacle of our vibrant youth culture.  The series is a nonstop feast for the eyes featuring dazzling creations  from MaXhosa,  Hamethop, Imprint,Siko Republik and Africa Your Time is Now. 

Get ready to  yell ‘Yebo’ and ‘Haai maan!”  at  the killa moves you’ll see on your screens as  JIVA launches this June 24th!  Watch the announcement here. 

  • Directors: Scottnes L Smith, Mandla Dube, Busisiwe Ntintili
  • Showrunner: Busisiwe Ntintili (Happiness is  Four Letter Word)
  • Writers: Busisiwe Ntintili and Bakang Sebatjane
  • Choreographers: Tom London and Bontle Modiselle
  • Producers:  Busisiwe Ntintili, Adam Friedlander and Tebogo Maila
  • Key Cast: Noxolo Dlamini (Sarafina, The Lion King), Candice Modiselle (The Queen and Generations: The Legacy) , Zazi Kunene (Moya), Stella Dlangalala, Sne Mbatha, Prince Grootboom, Given Stuurman (Invictus and Scandal), Zamani Mbatha (Rhythm City and Isithembiso), Anga Makubalo (Generations and Isidingo)
  • Synopsis: JIVA! is a fun and energy-packed drama series that follows the life of the talented street dancer Ntombi, who while juggling the demands of a dead end job, family responsibility and a rocky love life realises that her dance moves could be her ticket out of her working class neighbourhood in Durban. But first, she must overcome her fears, beat her rivals and sort out the chaos that is her family.

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