Phathutshedzo Makwarela | Yvonne Chaka Chaka | Gwydion Beynon
A year ago TVSA ran a Casting Call
for Mzansi's first Xitsonga drama series and now it's time for Giyani: Land of Blood to debut on screen.
It premieres on SABC2 on Monday, 1 April at 21h30, pitting itself against e.tv's crowd puller Imbewu: The Seed.
"On SABC2??" - we hear you ask. Aren't they as broke as an old shoe?! That's what we thought too so we're pleased to see there's hope on the horizon for the channel.
This is what we know about Giyani so far:
1. *Think trailer voice
"From the writers of 1Magic's The River, comes Mzansi's first ever Xitsonga series..."
It's written by Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon of Tshedza Pictures who are writing together so much we're nicking them Phatudion.
2. Giyani's stars include Muvhango star Ndivhuwo Mutsila, Charles Baloyi (Hola Mpinji!, The River), Obed Baloyi (Ga Re Dumele, Soul Buddyz) and... musos Candy "Tsa Mandebele" Mokwena, Linah "Ebony" Ngcobo and Yvonne Chaka Chaka in her first TV role.
So is it a musical? Word from the production is that it isn't.
3. The series was filmed partly in Giyani in Limpopo and partly in Joziburg, at Q-Studios.
4. It's going to air two nights a week.
We'll spill more as new deets come to light.