MultiChoice and M-Net launch first African-only telenovela channel for DStv customers

Highlights 27 November 2020

Novela Magic will launch in phases starting with the Southern African region from Friday, 27 November 2020, at 18:00 for DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family customers.

MultiChoice and M-Net launch first African-only telenovela channel for DStv customers

MultiChoice Group proudly owns the title of Africa’s most-loved storyteller and that brings with it a responsibility to not only invest in the development of authentic African stories created by Africans, but also to bring the best of Africa to its valued customers across the continent.

As part of this commitment, MultiChoice will be launching its first African-focused telenovela channel, Novela Magic, to share the best African telenovelas on one easy-to-access platform. The channel will also honour the vast range of cultures and languages on the continent through a diversity of original homegrown stories and local creative talent.

Nkateko Mabaso, MultiChoice Executive of Programming, believes that it is the growth and success of local storytelling that’s compelled the business to launch an African telenovela channel. "For over 30 years M-Net has been bringing to audiences across the African continent compelling stories that harness the imagination of our viewers while also showcasing the vast talent that is harboured on the continent.

“We want to continue this legacy of showcasing the best African stories with themes that resonate and engage our viewers hence the launch of this new channel, Novela Magic.”

West Africa and Southern Africa are synonymous with telenovela storytelling and these regions will now be able to share their wonderful crafts with other African regions on one channel. Stories created in the language of the country of origin will be dubbed into English.

Novela Magic will launch in phases, starting with the Southern African region from Friday, 27 November 2020, at 18:00 on DStv channel 165 for DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family customers. The channel will air from Monday to Sunday with the last programme ending at 21:30. The channel is set to debut with a double bill, giving eager viewers a solid dose of African entertainment.

The exciting telenovela collection that will form part of the launch includes Unbroken, Zuba, Forbidden and Battleground.

Unbroken, with its origins in Nigeria, tells a love story between Tivdo and Jesse who are madly in love. Tivdo plans to marry Jesse until tragedy strikes, leaving him disabled after a car accident where his beloved fiancée, Jesse, was at the wheel.

In Zuba, Zambia's first telenovela, an innocent, rural teenage girl must leave her family and education behind to do a maid’s job with a complex, wealthy urban family where she falls for the young son of the house.

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