AFDA alumni star in new Showmax/Canal+ fantasy series Blood Psalms

Oct 6, 2022 | Alumni, News, School of Live Performance

The new Showmax action-packed African fantasy series, a co-production with CANAL+, “Blood Psalms”, premiered on Showmax on 28 September 2022 with five AFDA Live Performance alumni starring in the series.
The AFDA alumni starring in the most ambitious series made by Showmax include Ayanda Makayi, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Lemogang Tsipa, Thandy Matlaila and Richard Lukunku who star alongside South African household names Albert Ibokwe Khoza, Sello Maake Ka Ncube, Thando Thabethe, Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa and Faith Baloyi to Siv Ngesi, Hlubi Mboya, Warren Masemola and many more.
The series is already receiving great reviews with TVMzanzi calling it, “Without doubt, the best TV show created in Africa”. Leon van Nierop “the biggest and most spectacular production of a local series yet” and TimesLIVE “African fantasy at its finest. “
“Watching it feels as thrilling as being an astronaut exploring new worlds,” says Genevieve Terblanche from tvplus. “The sheer scope of Blood Psalms is breathtaking.”
On TVSA, Movies And Things With Tha-Bang writes, “What Jahmil XT Qubeka and Layla Swart have achieved with Blood Psalms is something that will go down on SA TV history books like the Yizo Yizo and Intersexions of the world, series that came and changed the game when folks least expected it.”
Layla Swart and Jahmil X.T Qubeke, the co-owners of Yellowbone Entertainment are the brains behind the series.
Layla Swart says “Every one of the actors selected brings their own unique ability to authentically translate this magical epic onto screen”
“The goal, for us, is to ensure that the golden thread of Africa’s stunning history really shines. The story of “Blood Psalms” not only entertains but also contributes to the preservation of African culture and languages as authentically told by Africans, to be enjoyed by the world.”
The 10 episode “Blood Psalms” had its world premiere in Cape Town on Wednesday, 24 August 2022 as the opening night screening at MIP Africa, part of FAME Week Africa.

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