Fri 01 May 2015, 11:54
Catch quality television entertainment made in Africa for Africans on your screens.
This month, every day is Africa Day on DStv as we celebrate our dynamic and beautiful continent with an exciting array of local talent and vibrant, informative and entertaining homegrown programming.
The AfricaMagic channels will continue to deliver original, homegrown content in entertainment, lifestyle, drama series, reality television and film. The channels are home to an array of entertaining African content to highly rated shows such as: Star Gist which airs weekdays at 20:00 CAT, 53 Extra on Mondays at 19:30 CAT, Jara every Wednesday at 21:00 CAT and the high rating soapies Hotel Majestic, weekdays at 21:00 CAT, as well as Tinsel on weekdays at 20:30 CAT.
Not only will viewers be treated to these all-time favourite shows, but they’ll also get an hour-long dose of their favourite musicians every day as Africa Magic World flexes its music muscle with AfricaMagic Music (weekdays at 14:00 and 23:55 CAT).
AfricaMagic Family will also introduce a one hour music block which may increase to three or more hours in subsequent months. The channel also bring popular shows like Tyme out with Tee A on Wednesdays at 23:00 CAT, Star Superfan every at Thursday at 20:00 CAT, and Airtel Changing Lives on Wednesdays at 21:00 CAT.
For more African talent, be sure to catch the new kid on the TV block, the local adaptation of the multiple award-winning ABC television drama hit series, Desperate Housewives Africa as it takes over your screens on EbonyLife TV. Desperate Housewives Africa, set to launch on 30 April 2015 at 22:00 CAT exclusively on DStv Channel 165 will closely reflect the original multi-award winning American version with a uniquely African flavour. Viewers can look forward to an enthralling and spell-binding homegrown pilot that takes the Desperate Housewives format as you once knew it to scandalously new dimensions.
There is plenty more local viewing in store for our subscribers on the Mzansi Magic channels. Tune in to watch how tradition meets western culture, the drama and romance in everybody’s favourite and popular soapie Isibaya weekdays at 20:30 CAT on Mzansi Magic on 161, get a glimpse of the typical township life and its shenanigans on Zabalaza every Monday to Thursday at 21:00 CAT and Our Perfect Wedding celebrates the union of two in marriage and how they face the challenges of organizing a perfect wedding while Mzansi Wethu and Mzansi Bioskop have an array of series, movies, talk shows and game shows for the whole family to enjoy.
There’s no celebration without music and on DStv, the festivities continue with a wide selection of quality music channels to cater to any music genre including Hip-Hip, R&B, dance and Afro. Catch the latest and hottest beats from Africa and the African diaspora on a selection of music shows on Trace Urban, Channel O, and MTV Base.
There is never a shortage of Africa-inspired documentaries where viewers can enjoy some fun programming that highlight the rich African landscape on Animal Planet on channel number 183. Watch Africa Day specials on Monday 25 May from 06:00 CAT to celebrate the variety and beauty of the African continent through a collection of programmes exploring its vibrant wildlife.
Gangland Killers’ tells the story of animals who fight for supremacy or submission with other species, as well as status amongst their own. Meanwhile, Gorilla Doctors follows a team dedicated to saving the mountain gorilla species one patient at a time, as they provide medical care to primates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Wildest Africa is a celebration of the continent’s most spectacular locations, showcasing the full African experience, while The Lion Queen follows Andi Rive, who is on a mission to save the Glengarriff Lion Reserve. Finally, in Saving Africa's Giants With Yao Ming, international basketball and NBA star, Yao Ming, travels to Africa to take on the biggest battle of his life - the ivory poaching epidemic.
News and views of the continent are not left behind as some news networks on DStv have a line-up of intriguing shows reviewing Africa’s culture, economy, politics and successes. Tune into BBC World News’ Focus on Africa, Africa this Week and Invest Africa on CNBC Africa, Inside Africa and African voices on CNN as well as Artscape on Al Jazeera.
So, in celebration of success, achievement and growth of our beautiful continent, be sure not to miss this great selection of African content this May.
Happy Africa month!