One of South Africa’s highly anticipated series JIVA! has given viewers a glimpse of what to expect when it premiers later this month.
JIVA! is an energy-packed drama series that follows the life of talented street dancer Ntombi – played by Noxolo Dlamini, 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.
The official trailer dropped on Monday, 7 June 2021 and the first episode will hit Netflix on 24 June and promises to bring you South African dance culture like you’ve never seen before.
“Here is our gift to you South Africa and the world! We hope to inspire as well as entertain. May we make you proud Mzansi,” Dlamini said.
According to IOL, the series is set in South Africa and boasts an all African cast, including The Queen actress, Candice Modiselle, and pan-African choreographer, Sne Mbatha, who makes her acting debut.
Dlamini also said that the series features a vibrant dancer who does everything in her power to live out her passion.
“It’s a story of freedom and following one’s hopes and dreams. Set against the backdrop of Mzansi’s dance culture, expect to experience South Africa like you haven’t before.”
Meanwhile, showrunner Busisiwe Ntintili said: “JIVA! has been a true labour of love. Producing an entire series during a global pandemic was no small feat. But the ridiculously talented cast and crew poured every ounce of creativity into this project. Because when you have a dream, nothing can stop you. And that is ultimately the message of JIVA! – to ’dala’ what you must! Fight for your dreams!”
Choreographer, Bontle Modiselle said: “With the release of JIVA! close by, I am a ball of nerves and a melting pot of excitement and anticipation. There’s a lot of culture, creativity, dance and story and to see African excellence celebrated on a global platform is incredible. I can’t wait for everyone to see it – world, this is us,“ she said.