Jiva! is a South African television drama series about a talented street dancer from Umlazi, Durban, who must confront her fears and deal with family objections to pursue her dancing dreams.
The series follows the life of 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.
On her journey to get there she forms a dance group called the Trollies, made up of four very different but equally talented women: Vuyiswa (played by Candice Modiselle, Zinhle (Sne Mbatha), Lady E (Stella Dlangalala) and Nolwazi (Zazi Kunene).
Choreographed by Bontle Modiselle and Tom London, the show features a wide range of dance styles, all coming together to create a colourful ode to South African dance culture.
The series is a celebration of South African fashion, dance and urban life, featuring fashion creations from MaXhosa, Hamethop, Imprint, Siko Republik and Africa Your Time is Now.
The series stars Noxolo Dlamini, Candice Modiselle, Zazi Kunene, Stella Dlangalala and Sne Mbatha, with Sibulele Gcilitshana, Ntuthuzelo Grootboom, Given Stuurman, Zamani Mbatha, Tony Kgoroge, Kagiso Modupe and Anga Makubalo.
Jiva! is produced by Blue Ice Africa and The Ntintili Factory with assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry. Other producers are Adam Friedlander and Tebogo Maila.
The series was created by Busisiwe Ntintili, who also directs, writes, produces and is showrunner for the series. Other directors include Scottnes L Smith and Mandla Dube.
The story was developed by Busisiwe Ntintili, Bakang Sebatjane, Linda Bere and Justine Loots.
The lead choreographers are Tom London and Bontle Modiselle; other choreographers include Sne Mbatha, Palesa Sello, Monde Mgcina, Tlhogi Molefi, Kananelo Ngaleka and Nthuthuzelo Grootboom.
Music is by Zethu Mashika.
Season 1 Cast
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Noxolo Dlamini ... Ntombi
Candice Modiselle ... Vuyiswa
Sne Mbatha ... Zinhle
Stella Dlangalala ... Lady E
Zazi Kunene ... Nolwazi
Recurring / Guests
Anga Makubalo ... DJ Sika
Given Stuurman ... Samu
Tony Kgoroge ... Bra Zo
Sibulele Gcilitshana ... Thuleleni
Zamani Mbatha ... Bheki
Kagiso Modupe ... Menzi
Bontle Modiselle ... Bontle
Lucia Mthiyane ... Thandi
Celeste Ntuli ... Debrah
Siv Ngesi ... Paul
Ntuthuzelo Grootboom ... Makhekhe
Thulane Shange ... Mpilo
DJ HappyGal ... DJ HappyGal
Simiso Nyembe ... Archie
Siphesihle Zuma ... Phumzile
Siphokazi Kuboni ... Belinda
Katlego Lebogang ... Mbali
Masha Mulandana ... Buhle
Tom London ... Tom (Soweto Cat)
Sihle Mnqwqzana ... Cameraman
Siposethu Siso ... Boom Operator
Saint Seseli ... Mayor Gumede
Wiseman Sithole ... Sika's Lawyer
Kananelo Ngaleka ... Ntokozo
Thengiwe Magini ... Registration Lady
Mbulelo Grootboom ... Jabu (as Mbumelelo Grootboom)
TDK Macassette ... TDK Macassette
Duduzile Nkabinde ... Ntombi Dancing Double / Dream Sequence Dancer
Hope Ramafalo ... Vuyiswa Dancing Double / Dream Sequence Dancer
Melita Ramogkosi ... Zinhle Dancing Double / Dream Sequence Dancer
Palesa Sello ... Lady E Dancing Double / Amapantsula / Dream Sequence Dancer
Monica Khangale ... Nolwazi Dancing Double / Dream Sequence Dancer
Monde Mgcina ... Soweto Cats
Njabulo Mahlaba ... Soweto Cats (as Njabulo 'Bash' Mahlaba)
Nkululeko Nyembe ... Soweto Cats
Sonia Ngcukayithobi ... GQOM Squad (as Siyamthanda Sonia Ngcukayithobi)
Thato Nomungeka ... GQOM Squad
Zanele Nyathi ... GQOM Squad
Sinethemba Sikithi ... GQOM Squad
Noluthando Mtshengu ... GQOM Squad
Nhlanhla Chiliza ... Amadada
Nosipho Ngema ... Amadada
Mbali Kennedy ... Amadada
Ornica Dasi ... Amadada
Sthabile Lucia Zungu ... Amadada
Shaughn Sifiso ... Team Washa
Thabiso Ngcobo ... Team Washa
Nkosinathi Mlondi ... Team Washa
Zalunga Brian ... Team Washa
Charmaine Vakwana ... Nkandla Divas (as Charmaine Nosihpo Vakwana)
Olwam Rubuxa ... Nkandla Divas
Yolisa Nombewu ... Nkandla Divas
Mbali Onke ... Nkandla Divas
Martia Mkoko ... Nkandla Divas
Conway October ... Wentworth Tigers
Charl van der Westhuizen... Wentworth Tigers
Dimitri Wayne Nell ... Wentworth Tigers
Yaessh Campher ... Wentworth Tigers
Lyall Fillies ... Wentworth Tigers (as Lyall Filiies)
Portia Kaltom ... Umhlanga Entertainer (as Portio Kaltom) / Audition Girl
Sisamkele Mhlana ... Umhlanga Entertainer (as Sisamkele) / Audition Girl
Ntando Mohale ... Kwamashu
Tebogo Bodigelo ... Kwamashu
Iwanda Matinise ... Kwamashu
Ntokozo Ntshangase ... Amapantsula
Ntlantla Msimango ... Amapantsula
Vuyolwethu Sobanto ... Amapantsula
Simangaliso Mokoena ... Amapantsula
Sam Kgaphola ... Amapantsula
Bongane Dlamini ... Amapantsula
Jessica Mashaba ... Audition Girl
Shameelah Kinnear ... Audition Girl