Make the circle bigger cause it’s time to JIVA! Today, Netflix dropped the official trailer for the streaming platform’s latest local original series, JIVA!, about a vibrant dancer from Durban, Ntombi (played by Noxolo Dlamini) who does everything in her power to live out her passion.
Lead actress Noxolo is naturally very excited for JIVA”s launch. She says: “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”
According to Noxolo, JIVA! is a “story of freedom to follow one’s hopes and dreams”. The TV series is set against the backdrop of Mzansi’s dance culture, and viewers can expect to experience South Africa like you haven’t before.
Speaking about the series and what it means to her, showrunner Busisiwe Ntintili says: “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!”
The series choreographer, Bontle Modiselle adds: “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 in JIVA! 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!”
JIVA! launches this June 24th!
WATCH OFFICIAL TRAILER: JIVA! (NETFLIX)
About JIVA! the new series from South Africa coming to Netflix
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.
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)