Africa Day Concert 2021
MTV Base (DStv 322)
Africa Day Concert 2021 will be hosted by Idris Elba this Africa Day, 25 May.
This follows the inaugural Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home in 2020 that brought African and global superstars together to celebrate Africa Day and raise funds to support families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year's concert will shine the light on Africa's next wave of talent that are making their mark on the global stage.
The virtual concert will be a Pan African event featuring trailblazing African stars from across the continent.
Artists will perform on multiple stages from Lagos to Johannesburg in an event that will be streamed to a global audience on YouTube and broadcast on the MTV channels.
Africa is in the midst of a creative and cultural renaissance that has been accelerated by artists who are claiming a unique space in the world.
The concert will shine a light on the leaps in innovation being made by Africans, those who are redefining the narrative of a continent and the exchange of music, creativity and cultural ideas that are taking the world by storm.
South Africa's Elaine, one of the continent's most-streamed artists, is set to perform new music at the concert.
She will be joined by rapper and MTV Base Hottest MC 2020 winner, Focalistic, as well as rap duo Blaq Diamond.
Nigerian hitmaker Teni will perform at the event as well as Afrobeat star, Bella Shmurda, who rose to prominence with the song Vision 2020.
Nigerian singer and songwriter Omah Lay will also perform his much-loved hits.
Also set to join the Africa Day line-up are artists who are making waves all over the continent.
These include Ghanaian artist and Afrobeat/Afro-fusion singer Gyakie, as well as Suspect 95 who hails from the Ivory Coast.
Also set to deliver show-stopping performances are Kenyan singer Bahati and Tanzanian songstress Zuchu.
Bella Shmurda (Nigeria)
Blaq Diamond (South Africa)
Elaine (South Africa)
Focalistic (South Africa)
Omah Lay (Nigeria)
Suspect 95 (Ivory Coast)
Rozzy Sokota (Sierra Leone)
Mohamed Ramadan (Egypt)
Angelique Kidjo (Benin)
Blxckie (South Africa)
Boris Kodjoe (USA)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Cleo Ice Queen (Zambia)
Dr Bone (South Africa)
Drizilik (Sierra Leone)
Emtee (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Fik Fameica (Uganda)
Jay Rox (Zambia)
Kamo Mphela (South Africa)
Lady Kuda (Zimbabwe)
Locnville (South Africa)
Mark Angel (Nigeria)
Mohamed Ramadan (Egypt)
Mr P (Nigeria)
Ms Red (Zimbabwe)
Nadia Mukami (Kenya)
Nomalanga Shozi (South Africa)
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
Rozzy Sokota (Sierra Leone)
Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)
Tendai The Beast (South Africa)
Tresor (South Africa)
Will Packer (USA)
William Last Krm (Botswana)
Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa)
The concert streams globally on YouTube at 19h00 and on MTV Base at 21h00.
Food Factory 4
National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
Documentary Series, Food
Behind every big-name bag of chips, can of beer or candy bar lies a mega-industrial production line that brings each product to the masses.
In this series, take a fascinating peek behind the scenes of the weird and wonderful processes that produce America's favourite foods.
From fresh ingredients to finished products, Food Factory reveals in awe-inspiring detail just how mass-produced favourites are really made.
Put on a hard hat and get ready to meet the food.
In the Season 4 premiere, "Pop Goes the Cake": Get an insider's look at the making of ice cream cake and tartar sauce, and discover how slabs of cake become bite-sized cake pops.
In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Gold Bars": Featuring shredded coconut, toasted almonds and rum, this Caribbean-inspired candy bar takes a trip through a chocolate waterfall.
It takes three kilograms of rosemary, six kilograms of roasted garlic and 100 kilograms of corn meal to produce a single batch of irresistible polenta crisps.
Sprinkled with walnuts and glazed by hand, every maple-flavoured Danish is a patriotic pastry that's packed with a magical filling.
Also, laced with butter and parmesan, Alfredo risotto is so popular that more than 25-million boxes of it are produced every year.
Deadliest Catch 17
Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
In the wake of the global pandemic, half the crab boats of the Bering Sea fleet are tied up in Seattle.
Now an existential threat faces the fishermen who make the long-haul trip to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for the 2021 Crab season - a potential closure of the entire fishery.
Crabbing isn't just a way of life for the captains and their crew. This year, it's a fight for the industry's survival.
If they're going to make it work, the fleet will need to make sacrifices and band together across lines - even with long-sworn enemies.
Their livelihood depends on it or they could potentially face the end of their careers.
It's been a tough year for everyone, especially for the crabbing fleet in Alaska.
Due to government-imposed lockdowns, Alaska Department of Fish and Game weren't able to conduct their summer crab survey.
Meaning this year, the captains will be fishing blind with no charts or guidance on where to find crab on the grounds - making an already challenging season even more difficult.
It doesn't take long for the captains to realise that they can't start this season without a new approach.
Spearheading their defence is Captain Sig Hansen from the F/V Northwestern - who proposes a two-pronged plan to save the fishery.
First, Sig needs someone who isn't afraid to stick his neck out.
And there is only one person that comes to mind - his good friend and legendary crabber Johnathan Hillstrand.
Johnathan would bring a massive operation, as commander of the F/V Time Bandit, and could provide a lifeline to help catch the fleet's towering 5-million-pound fall season quota.
But will Johnathan agree to come out of retirement and leave behind everything and everyone he loves during such difficult times?
Sig's second strategy goes against everything the old-time crabbers have ever done before - working together as a pack.
It's a huge risk and requires honesty and cooperation from everyone. But can the captains put the good of the fleet ahead of their own interests?
Some of them have their doubts.
Just days ahead of the season launch, Captain Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard has his own set of problems.
His WW2-era boat is in need of maintenance, and the captain desperately needs a fruitful season to pay for his upcoming shipyard.
Enter Captain Scott Campbell Jr. of the F/V Lady Alaska. Scott believes he has secret intel on where to find crab.
Scott hatches a plan to share his intel with longtime rival Keith in exchange for quota.
However, when he approaches him, things don't go exactly as Scott had hoped.
On the F/V Saga, Captain Jake Anderson is back and aiming to secure more quota.
But will this young captain be able to pull off a successful season when he's come up empty in the past?
Or will F/V Northwestern's reserve captain, Mandy Hansen, enlist Jake in her own plan to tank their combined share of the total crab quota?
Also returning this year are Captains Josh Harris and Casey McManus of the F/V Cornelia Marie.
This year, they struggled to find a strong crew and must call upon their business partner Jeff Silva from Hawaii to join them.
Although Jeff proves that he puts the green in greenhorn shortly after setting sail.
Finally, rounding out the fleet this year is Captain Wild Bill and the F/V Summer Bay.
His crew has faced incredible loss this past year including the passing of deckhand Mahlon Reyes, who suffered a deadly heart attack at the age of 38 years old.
Bill and his crew honour Mahlon's memory by giving him a proper fisherman's burial at sea before setting off on the new crabbing season.
But just as they attempt to leave the dock, crew member Nick McGlashan suddenly falls ill with a fever.
Will Bill even be able to leave in time? Or will he be out of the fishing game for good this season as his crew must isolate from each other?
Forty-foot waves, government shutdowns, global pandemics and hurricane force winds are just a few reasons that no season is ever the same.
Will the legends step it up? Or will the pandemic and its aftermath decimate the crabbing industry for good, like so many other businesses?
Forensic Files 15
eReality (Openview 108)
True Crime, Documentary Series, Science, Technology
The series, which halted production in 2011, returns with new episodes true to the original format, content and continuity, but featuring advancements in investigative technology and production.
Additionally, the series is now narrated by actor Bill Camp.
Stories this season include:
A fire leads investigators to re-examine an unusual death.
On the Rocks
The naked body of a young woman is discovered in a remote area, leading forensic investigators on a search for clues to her identity and the identity of her killer.
The Black Hole
Investigators search for clues after a body is discovered in a watery grave.
An amazing new forensic tool turns a cold case around.
The Green Pen
When a Yale student mysteriously vanishes days before her wedding investigators comb a secure research lab for clues.
Portrait of a Serial Killer
A serial killer terrorizes a small Texas town.
A mysterious murder in an upscale community is solved by cellphone forensics.
Suitcase leads to the gruesome discovery of a nearly perfect crime.
A young mother is murdered in a crowded parking lot in broad daylight.
The sudden and mysterious death of a health conscious woman triggers an investigation into what killed her.
After the brutal slaying of a young couple on a road trip, the victims' families begin receiving disturbing letters.
When a popular handyman in a New Hampshire town is found murdered, investigators follow forensic clues to a shocking conclusion.
A gruesome discovery in a small town church sends investigators on a search for a killer.
The Car Accident
A healthy, young mother mysteriously dies after a minor traffic accident, triggering an investigation to find out what caused her death.