Category Archives: Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161)

The Imposter

»The consoling thing about Ferguson’s new drama series The Imposter is that the actor producer couple is not appearing in the series. Unless if a cameo appearance is planned down the line of the series airings. It would be great if the present status quo is kept as it is so that we can enjoy their craft from behind the scenes as they erect a stage for other talent to flex their muscles in the burgeoning South African television coliseum

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It’s Complicated

{Ïn} a world where dramas, soapies and tele-novellas are rife Mzansi Magic’s new drama series, It’s Complicated holds its own turf. It is gripping, fun’ and thought provocative. By the way it is not a youth drama. Actually, it is the stuff of adults, which makes its positioning within the prime time zone allocated to it somewhat tricky considering its content. Were the steamy scenes of the recent Generations – The Legacy and Rhythm city paving a way towards a door step shy away for South African Television Production Houses to flirt with adult content at the time where the kids are still up? This is a moral topic reserved for a moral sermon leagues away in the future especially if you are thirsty for something new and you are huddled at home on a Friday evening with no kids around

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dEF’Rating: Lucky

Sihle Dlamini as (Lucky) and Jayashree Basavaraj as Padma in Luky (2012). Image source: http://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/1879/aae663e2216842748177e84be976ac05.jpg
Sihle Dlamini as (Lucky) and Jayashree Basavaraj as Padma in Avie Luthra’s Lucky (2012). Image source: http://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/1879/aae663e2216842748177e84be976ac05.jpg

AN emotional tour de force, Lucky (2012) shines a torch within our darkened hearts to lobby for our compassion for children who falls through the cracks of our flawed social fabric. The journey that Lucky Ntlantla (Sihle Dlamini) undertakes to find his father following his mother’s sad passing walks us through an exploration of those very cracks. He is alone. This film reminds us just how easy it is for the world to swallow a child in the face of no family support network. Its ambiguous ending does not remedy or allay our concern for the boy, it acerbate the terrifying grip.

Avie Luthra’s Lucky lashes out a hard wake up snot klap of 4dEF’Points out of Five: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ /

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17 March

 

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Film Review: Ingoma

There is clearly nothing remarkable about the plot of Ingoma, the new Mzansi Magic’s (DStv Channel 161) Original Film which premiered on 1 February. However it is the musical originality in treatment of its plot, as a performance text, in the hands of talented lead actors that foregrounds its nuanced message. Ingoma is a story about a talented young woman, Constance Dladla (Zola Nombona) an ardent Uhadi – a musical bow – player, who wants to break it into the music industry by auditioning for a lead backing Vocalist gig for an established musician. Raised by her single father Reverend Dladla (Timmy Kwebulana), following her mother’s passing, she has to perform house chores first before she ventures into the world.

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dEF’Rating: Ingoma

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image source: http://mzansimagic.dstv.com/2015/01/28/meet-zola-ingomas-beautiful-young-star/

Ingoma, lives up to its name, it is a musical. Its a ballad and besides oozing with pure talent witnessed through the original musical performances prepared specifically for the story which the actors actually performs, it overhauls a staple diet plot! It’s brave, believable and a surprisingly witty as it takes on the music industry’s darker side with a triumphant hope topping. It gets 5dEF Points out of Five: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

 

02 February

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An apology to the reader: Rise

Dear reader we’ve had a peep at Mzansi Magic’s (DStv Channel 161) EPG (Electronic Program Guide) for tonight’s schedule and we regret to inform you that instead of ‘Rise’ the channel has ‘Alex Cross’ scheduled for 22:00. This is sad considering we’ve recently reviewed the film. We would like to inform you that we’ve since complained to the channel (Mnzansi Magic’s) social media page on Facebook. here is a short note we posted to them:

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