11 music doccies to set the tone for your weekend

Khuli Chana. (Gallo Images)
Khuli Chana. (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - These documentaries about local and international music icons on internet TV hit all the right notes. Stream them on Showmax, Netflix and DStv Now this weekend.

1. Katy Perry: Part of Me (Showmax)

As she starts her California Dreams tour, join pop star Katy Perry as she gives viewers a glimpse into her career, her private life and childhood in this fantastic documentary.

2. Soundtrack for a Revolution (Showmax)

Music played a deep role during the US civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s. This soulful documentary goes back to the songs that kept protesters together.

3. Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon (Showmax)

This powerful documentary reveals fresh insights into the King of Pop’s life and his journey from the Jackson 5 to global superstar. Featuring interviews with family, friends and exclusive footage. 

4. Karen Zoid: Op Die Oomblik (Showmax)

Get up, close and personal with the first lady of rock in South Africa who's super-charged rock energy and her ability to write gorgeous, delicately rendered songs have captured TV and stage audiences alike.

5. Iconoclasts (Showmax)

From Lenny Kravitz and Lee Daniels to Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee, this fascinating series explores the lives of two creative visionaries in each episode. 

6. Behind the Story: Cassper Nyovest (Showmax)

He rules the SA hip hop scene and has the power to Fill The Dome! Get to know Cassper Nyovest in this exclusive and personal interview with the man himself. Also on Showmax is his journey to selling out the Dome - watch it now as he prepares to fill up the FNB Stadium in December.

7. Khuli Chana: Picking Up the Pieces (Showmax)

Khuli Chana was riding high in the hip hop scene, with awards and a booming career. Then the police shot at him in a sting gone horribly wrong.

8. MTV Base Meets Alicia Keys (Showmax)

The singer, master musician and renowned activist meets six African youths and MTV Base VJ Sizwe Dhlomo to give her answers to their questions. Not to be missed!

9. Metallica: Through the Never (Showmax)

Showcasing one of the most influential metal bands of all time, this rock doc is part concert documentary, part post-apocalyptic action movie, combining spectacular live performance footage with fictional sequences that follow a young roadie named Trip on a mysterious mission. The live sequences were filmed over two massive concerts in front of a crowd of adoring metalheads. 

10. Whitney: Can I Be Me (Netflix)

Get closer to one of the world’s most astronomically famous singers than you’ve ever been before, in this documentary that explores Whitney’s childhood, the struggles in her personal life and the circumstances around her tragic death.

11. The Hip Hop Effect (DStv Now)

This brand-new documentary series examines the roots of hip hop in South Africa and its power to transcend barriers and unite people from different cultures and backgrounds. Season 1, episode 1 is currently available on DStv Now.

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