Epic new local drama series Blood Psalms coming to Showmax in 2021

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A still from the series Blood Psalms.
A still from the series Blood Psalms.
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  • MultiChoice has joined forces with CANAL+ to co-produce the series Blood Psalms.
  • The 10-part epic is based on South Africa's pre-colonial mythology.
  • Award-winning creative duo Layla Swart and Jahmil X.T Qubeka are the brains behind the series.
  • It will be broadcast on Showmax in 2021.

Multichoice has joined forces with global broadcasting TV operator CANAL+ for a brand-new epic series Blood Psalms.

Inspired by a Xhosa legend, it tells the story of a fierce African queen, Zazi who battles a world-ending prophecy to navigate her people through complexities, politics and endless wars.

The 10-episode series that will be available to stream on Showmax in 2021 features a sprawling cast of more than 50 black actors and is filmed in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and North West provinces in South Africa.

The sprawling cast includes names ranging from 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.


Creative duo Layla Swart and Jahmil X.T Qubeka who are 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."

Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for general entertainment and connected video, says: "This massive co-production highlights Showmax's commitment to its subscribers. This is epic, authentic, original African storytelling like never before."

"As Africa's most-loved storyteller, the partnership with Canal+ also means more people will see this series, and we are thrilled to be working with Canal+ on this groundbreaking show."
MultiChoice Group CEO for general entertainment and connected video, Yolisa Phahle

Fabrice Faux, chief content officer of Canal+ International, says: "We are very pleased to partner with Showmax for the co-production of Blood Psalms."

"This African story, inspired by a Xhosa legend, will carry our viewers into mythological and epic adventures. With an outstanding directing and production team and a talented cast, Blood Psalms promises to be a big phenomenon that will resonate in all of Africa and internationally."

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