The global streaming service has teamed up with the local youth choir to cover a song from the holiday film, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Adventure
Netflix has partnered up with the award-winning Ndlovu Youth Choir to perform a cover of the song called, Square Root of Possible, from the holiday film, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Adventure.
The music video, shot in Johannesburg, is a beautiful display of Mzansi’s diverse talent.
The song is sung in 6 of the 12 official languages – English, seTswana, seSotho, isiZulu, isiNdebele and sePedi. “The challenge of recording a cover of this catchy tune was staying true to the song, especially when translating it to our 6 official languages. Because it is such a beautiful song, we really wanted to do it justice and so we practiced for hours on end to ensure that we brought it life in a way that stayed true to the song while also encapsulating our African flare.’’ – Nonhlanhla Somo, lead singer of the Ndlovu Youth Choir. The song was transformed from an American style theatrical piece, to a song that is intrinsically African, that will surely inspire all those who listen to it.
The Ndlovu Youth Choir has become one of the world’s most treasured groups, known for their unique vocal arrangements, infectious energy and have inspired countless individuals around the world. “ Our music helps people become the best version of themselves” – Ralf Shmidt, Choir Director.
A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (newcomer Madalen Mills) — and a long-forgotten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and featuring original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, and “This Day” performed by Usher and Kiana Ledé, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.
Written and Directed by David E. Talbert Produced by Lyn Sisson-Talbert, p.g.a., David E. Talbert, p.g.a., Kristin Burr, p.g.a., John Legend, Mike Jackson, David McIlvain Cast: Forest Whitaker, Madalen Mills, Keegan-Michael Key, Sharon Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Ricky Martin, Kieron Dyer, Justin Cornwell, Lisa Davina Phillip, Hugh Bonneville
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The official bit: SA’s first dedicated TV meme generation site from DStv
DStv fans love nothing more than to post memes and gifs of their favourite local show scenes on social media. All the big ‘Haibo’, ‘Tjo’, and ‘Singashaun’ moments from telenovelas or reality shows find their way onto social media, displaying the best in South African humour and insights as they engage on the second screen.
“South Africans are meme kings and queens. However, we noticed that the quality of memes and gifs are not always the best because they are unsurprisingly taken from pointing a phone camera at a TV screen,” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, Executive Head Marketing MultiChoice South Africa.
“AmaMeme takes Mzansi’s obsession with memes and gifs up a massive notch. The platform is a central place where all the misery, mirth and mayhem from Gomora, Isono, Legacy, Idols, Mbau Loaded and so many more showsis perfectly captured in memes and gifs,” says Mkhwanazi.
How it works
Viewers can visit www.amameme.co.za to select a show, character or emotion of their choice and upload the link to social media or their phone gallery for later use.
The site also allows DStv subscribers to click through to DStv and watch shows online. New memes uploaded daily.
Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in this nail-biting horror-mystery, the ninth highest-grossing film globally of 2020 so far.
When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
The third stand-alone movie in Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe reboot, The Invisible Man is inspired by HG Wells’s novel of the same name, and written and directed by award-winning horror aficionado Leigh Whannell, who co-created the Saw franchise.
The cast includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor); Saturn and Black Reel award nominee Aldis Hodge (Underground, Hidden Figures); and BET and Teen Choice nominee Storm Reid (Euphoria, A Wrinkle in Time).
A 2020 People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Movie, The Invisible Man won Best Adapted Screenplay and Elisabeth Moss was named Best Actress at the Hollywood Critics Association’s 2020 Midseason Awards.
HUSTLERS | Crime
Inspired by a true story and the viral New York Magazine article it sparked, Hustlers centres on a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
Golden Globe nominees Jennifer Lopez (The Cell, Out of Sight, Anaconda) and Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) lead an all-star cast that includes Golden Globe nominee Julia Stiles (Save the Last Dance, 10 Things I Hate About You), BET and Black Reel winner and Emmy nominee Keke Palmer (Scream: The TV Series), and three-time Teen Choice winner Lili Reinhart (Riverdale), with scene-stealing cameos from Grammy winners Lizzo and Cardi B.
Hustlers made Time Magazine, HuffPost, and NPR’s lists of the best films of 2019, among others, and was the 50th biggest box office hit of last year globally.
Lopez was nominated for a 2020 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for the role, which had Rolling Stone gushing, “A Best Actress Oscar nomination for Jennifer Lopez? You better believe it. As a stripper who can work a pole better than rivals half her age, Lopez is that dazzling, that deep, that electrifying. This you don’t want to miss.”
The film is written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (New Girl, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), with Lopez also producing alongside Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell, and the Oscar-winning writer of The Big Short, Adam McKay.
THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN | Crime drama
Directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, A Ghost Story), The Old Man and the Gun has a 93% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus hails it as, “A well-told story brought to life by a beautifully matched cast… pure, easygoing entertainment for film fans – and a fitting farewell to a legend.”
That legend, of course, is Oscar winner Robert Redford (Ordinary People, All the President’s Men) as Forrest Tucker, whose audacious real-life escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 led to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded the authorities and enchanted the public.
Redford was nominated for a 2019 Golden Globe for what The New Yorker calls “a glorious, sly performance in a gloriously sly movie that masks its idiosyncrasy in brisk and breezy storytelling.”
“Robert Redford robs banks and steals your heart…. a virtuoso performance that feels like a valedictory. You want to salute him,” says Rolling Stone.
Redford isn’t the only Oscar winner in the cast: Sissy Spacek (Carrie, The Help, Homecoming) and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) also star, alongside four-time Emmy nominee Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Dream Girls) and Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Tom Waits.
GREEN BOOK | Drama
Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Ramy, True Detective) co-star in Green Book, winner of three Oscars and three Golden Globes last year, for Motion Picture of the Year, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Ali).
Ali plays Dr Don Shirley, a world-class pianist, who hires a bouncer from the Bronx (Mortensen) to drive him on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, where they have to rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that were safe for African-Americans in the 1960s.
Green Book won over 50 international awards, including Movie of the Year from the AFI Awards, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice awards for Ali, and Best Actor for Mortensen from The National Board of Review.
BLINDSPOTTING | Crime drama
In Blindspotting, Grammy and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) stars as convicted felon Collin Hoskins. He’s just three days from completing his probation, but his best friend Miles Turner isn’t making it easy to get there. Then Collin witnesses a white police officer gunning down a black civilian on the streets of his home turf in Oakland, California, and feels his carefully controlled reality begin to slide out from under him.
Diggs, who co-wrote the script, was nominated for 2019 Black Reel awards for Outstanding First Screenplay, as well as Outstanding Breakthrough Performance.
Blindspotting has a 94% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Entertainment Weekly calling it, “A timely meditation on what it means to be black and presumed guilty in America.”
Former US President Barack Obama listed it among his favourite films of 2018, and a spin-off series based on the film has been greenlit by Starz.
COLD PURSUIT | Action
Listed among Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Action Films of 2019, Cold Pursuit stars Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (Taken, The Commuter) as small-town snowplough driver Nels Coxman, whose life is turned upside down after the death of his son in suspicious circumstances. Nels’s quest for the truth changes him from mild-mannered model citizen to ruthless vigilante as he takes on psychotic drug lord Viking and his henchmen.
So Liam Neeson doing what he does best, then. Nominated as Best Action Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, Cold Pursuit is basically “Taken on ice… pure revenge-movie escapism,” according to Rolling Stone.
A remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance by the same director (Hans Petter Moland), Cold Pursuit also stars Oscar winner Laura Dern (Big Little Lies, Marriage Story).
GRETA | Thriller
Greta starts with an act of kindness: a young woman finds a handbag left on the subway and decides to return it to its owner, eccentric piano teacher Greta. But their friendship soon grows too close for comfort as the lonely widow becomes disturbingly obsessed with her.
Directed by Oscar winner Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), Greta stars Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Saturn Award winner Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie), along with Critics Choice winner Colm Feore (Chicago, Riddick, Thor) and Oscar nominee Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Dickensian).
Named Best Irish Film of 2019 by The Dublin Film Critics Society, Greta was nominated as Best Thriller by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and as Campy Film Of The Year for 2020 by GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics.
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK | Horror
From the dark imaginations of Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) and acclaimed director André Øvredal (Trollhunter) comes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the iconic horror book series.
It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind but the small town of Mill Valley seems far removed from the unrest in the cities. For generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large there. In their mansion on the edge of town, Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time – stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home…
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark won Best Horror/Thriller Film at the National Film and Television Awards in the USA.
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral | Comedy
The tenth and final instalment of the box office phenomenon Madea film series builds on the winning formula Tyler Perry fans love, with a joyous family reunion that turns into a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might reveal some unsavoury family secrets.
Emmy winner and BET Ultimate Icon Tyler Perry once again stars in several roles (including Madea of course), along with franchise stalwarts Patrice Lovely and Cassi Davis. Also look out for the legendary Mike Tyson himself.
Despite seven Razzies, and a 12% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie opened at #1 in the US, and was #34 at the SA box office last year. Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 13+, summing up Madea’s swan song as a “winning but dirty slapstick comedy”.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Also look out for Viola Davis’s Oscar-winning performance opposite Denzel Washington in the 1950s drama Fences; Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning period drama Silence, based on Shusaku Endo’s classic novel; and two double Venice winners, Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale and George Clooney’s Suburbicon. Check out everything on Showmax this month here.
Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to Coming 2 America from Paramount Pictures. This long-awaited sequel to the iconic comedy Coming to America will launch worldwide in over 240 countries and territories on Prime Video on March 5, 2021.
Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began. Original cast favorites from Coming to America return including King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones), Queen Lisa (Shari Headley), Cleo McDowell (John Amos), Maurice (Louie Anderson) and the motley barbershop crew. Joining this star-studded ensemble are Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor, making Coming 2 America the most anticipated comedy film of the year.
“Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this new adventure. We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”
“What could be better than a return to Zamunda? We are so excited for Amazon Studios to bring Eddie Murphy and Coming 2 America to a worldwide audience where they can laugh again with characters they have loved for 30 years, and meet new ones that they will love for years to come,” said producer Kevin Misher.
Coming 2 America is directed by Craig Brewer, from Paramount Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures, and produced by Eddie Murphy Productions and Misher Films. The screenplay is written by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield, with story by Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield and Justin Kanew, based on characters created by Eddie Murphy. The producers are Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy, executive producers are Brian Oliver, Bradley Fischer, Valerii An, Kenya Barris, Charisse Hewitt-Webster, Michele Imperato Stabile and Andy Berman.
Coming to America opened in theaters in 1988 to become a box office sensation achieving over $288 million in total worldwide box office gross. The comedy was translated to over 25 languages around the globe, known in other countries as Un Prince à New York in France, Der Prinz aus Zamunda in Germany, Un Príncipe en Nueva York throughout Latin America, Il Principe Cerca Moglie in Italy and many more – to become the iconic movie we all know and love today. Beyond its financial success, the film was a cultural zeitgeist that was not only timeless but also a proudly celebrated American comedy, making the film a go-to classic across generations. The memorable characters and relatable story of a fish-out-of-water connected audiences around the world, which is why fans have made it a repeat-viewing over the years.
About Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios is the home for talent, creating and producing original films and television series for a global audience. Original series all premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, which is available in over 200 countries and territories. Recent hit Amazon Original series include the Emmy Award-winning comedies Fleabag, created by and starring Emmy Award-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Emmy Award-winners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, as well as the action thriller drama Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski, the irreverent superhero series The Boys, and fantasy drama Carnival Row starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne; Amazon Originals also include culturally relevant and buzzed about content such as Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty music and fashion event, Donald Glover’s Guava Island and Chasing Happiness, a documentary about pop superstars the Jonas Brothers.In film, Amazon Studios produces and acquires original movies for theatrical release and exclusively for Amazon Prime Video. In 2017, Amazon Studios became the first streaming service to win Oscars for Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman. Recent Amazon original movies include the subversive comedy Borat Subsequent Moviefilm with Sacha Baron Cohen, Troop Zero starring Viola Davis and Allison Janney, Tom Harper’s The Aeronauts starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, Scott Z. Burns’ The Report, Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy and the Academy Award nominated Les Misérables directed by Ladj Ly. The 2020 slate include the family comedy My Spy starring Dave Bautista and Chloe Coleman, Chemical Hearts starring Lili Reinhart, Sound of Metal starring Riz Ahmed, Sylvie’s Love with Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, Alan Ball’s Uncle Frank with Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis, I’m Your Woman starring and produced by Rachel Brosnahan and more. In addition, the originals film slate includes a number of diverse first-time feature filmmakers – Blow the Man Down directed by Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole, Selah and The Spades from director Tayarisha Poe, The Vast of Nightdirected by Andrew Patterson and 7500 directed by Patrick Vollrath.
The suspense is over, the much talked about ‘Kings of Joburg’ series will premiere on Netflix on the 4 December 2020. The most recent African series to land on the service, is an exciting first for the brand as it partners with South Africa’s adored ‘first family’ of TV production, Connie and Shona Ferguson alongside Samad Davis of U.S based Visionary Media Inc.
In this thrilling test of loyalties under the gritty, concentrated populous of the crime-ridden streets of the city of Johannesburg, unravels another first for local audiences, a palpable action-drama series with a layer of dark fantasy and a sinister aspect of the African occult.
Shona Ferguson stars as Simon “Vader” Masire, a member of the KOJ brotherhood and the eldest of the Masire siblings. As the smoother and charming brother, prolific businessman Simon leads the family business. However, under the lavish suits and ties is a man hiding a deep dark secret. Zolisa Xaluva portrays the role of Mogomotsi “Mo” Masire, Simon’s young brother and an ex-convict who finds himself having to choose between the life that got him in jail, and honouring his responsibilities to the legacy of a crime family and older brother he loves.
Joining the ensemble cast is TK Sebothoma as the spoilt and privileged Tlotlo Masire, Buhle Samuels as the gorgeous and supportive wife to Simon, Angela Masire, and Tsholofelo Matshaba as the straight-talking detective who’s obsessed with bringing down the Kings of Joburg. Adding to the impressive cast is SK Khoza as Cyrus, Abdul Khoza as Lester, Nnekwa Tsajwa as Sting and Cindy Mahlangu as Phumzi.
Executive producer, Shona Ferguson, speaks on this first-time partnership with Netflix. “When I created KINGS OF JOBURG I wanted to root the show in elements of love, family, conflict and power. The premise of the series is centred around the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” and this narrative is explored in all 6 episodes. The mystical and thriller side of the story is inspired by the folk tales that I grew up learning about from my late father, Peter Harry Ferguson. These stories kept me up at night and gave me nightmares but I had to bring them to life in a tale of human conflict. Audiences will be surprised to learn that despite the darkness of this story, Kings of Joburg, paints a beautiful picture of the city of Johannesburg. I am also grateful to have worked with such an amazing cast and crew who gave it their all and helped bring my vision to life. ‘’
Connie Ferguson adds, “We’re living in exciting times where the world is becoming smaller and smaller. What used to be out of reach is now a stone throw away! With Kings Of Joburg, we are taking South Africa and Africa to the world and bringing the world to South Africa. It’s a United States Of The World show, bringing together talent from America and the continent! It was an honour to work with Netflix to bring to life this passion project we are truly proud of. ”
“Working between Hollywood and across Africa over the decades, I’ve been able to see first hand the enormous influence and impact Hollywood has had on the hearts and minds of people across Africa. I am honored to be part of Kings of Joburg because through it and through our partnership with Netflix, we are providing African talent, both in front of the camera and behind it, the opportunity to be a part of their own ‘Hollywood’ production’’, says Samad Davis
On adding Kings Of Joburg to Netflix’s slate of licenced series, Director of Licensing and Co-Productions in Africa, Ben Amadasun said, “We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with The Fergusons that has enabled them to expand the execution of their vision and showcase the best of Mzansi talent to a global audience. At Netflix, we continuously look for opportunities to create long-term partnerships with the best production partners in South Africa and beyond, as part of our ongoing efforts to bring a diversity of best-in-class african stories, across every genre.”
The 6-part series delves into legacy building, fragmented family structures, treacherous brotherhoods and the effects of crime and African masculinities on families and society at large. Loyalties will be tested, with long held secrets threatening to shatter the fragile facade.