Shona Ferguson's been banging on about it for a year already and now Netflix has said: "Enough! Stop! Yes, we'll take it."
This morning Netflix announced that they'll be streaming the Ferguson's six-part action drama series Kings of Jo'burg, which is co-produced by Samad Davis of the American-based production house Visionary Media Inc.
It premieres on Friday, 4 December and stars Shona as Simon “Vader” Masire, a member of the Kings of Jo'burg (KOJ) brotherhood and the eldest of his siblings who has ... surprise-surprise.... "a dark secret".
Zolisa Xaluva (The Queen, Generations) co-stars as Simon's younger brother Mogomotsi “Mo”, a conflicted ex-convict, torn between his loyalty to his crime family, brother and the life he wants to live.
Simon's wife Angela is played by Connie who - oops, nope, it's actually Buhle Samuels (Muvhango, Imbewu) who stars opposite Shona for a change.
Other headliners in the cast include:
- Ferguson favourite SK Khoza (The Queen),
- his Class Act brother Abdul (Isibaya),
- Nnekwa Tsajwa (Jam Alley, Shadow).
- Cindy Mahlangu (The Herd, The Queen) and,
- Tsholofelo Matshaba (Muvhango, The River), who plays a straight-talking detective obsessed with bringing down the KOJ.
This from Shona about it:
Shona: "When I created Kings of Jo'burg I wanted to root the show in elements of love, family, conflict and power.
The premise of the series is centred around the question, 'Am I my brother's keeper?' and this narrative is explored in all 6 episodes.
The mystical and thriller side of the story is inspired by the folk tales that I grew up learning about from my late father, Peter Harry Ferguson.
These stories kept me up at night and gave me nightmares but I had to bring them to life in a tale of human conflict.
Audiences will be surprised to learn that despite the darkness of this story, Kings of Joburg, paints a beautiful picture of the city of Johannesburg.
I am also grateful to have worked with such an amazing cast and crew who gave it their all and helped bring my vision to life. ‘
The series is written by Linda Bere (Igazi, Unmarried) and Sabelo Mgidi (Silverton Siege).