Ferguson production Kings of Joburg coming to Netflix

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Shona Ferguson in Kings of Joburg.
Shona Ferguson in Kings of Joburg.
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  • Netflix has partnered with Connie and Shona Ferguson for the latest African original series.
  • The six-part series Kings of Joburg will delve into legacy building and treacherous brotherhood.
  • The series premieres on the streaming service, 4 December.


For its latest African series Netflix has partnered with Connie and Shona Ferguson and alongside Samad Davis of U.S based Visionary Media Inc. Their new show Kings of Joburg will premiere on the streaming service Wednesday, 4 December.

The 6-part series delves into legacy building, fragmented family structures, treacherous brotherhoods and the effects of crime and African masculinities on families and society at large. Loyalties will be tested, with long-held secrets threatening to shatter the fragile facade.

Shona plays Simon 'Vader' Masire a member of the KOJ brotherhood and the eldest of the Masire siblings. As the smoother and charming brother, prolific businessman Simon leads the family business. Underneath the façade is a man hiding a deep, dark secret.

Zolisa Xaluva plays Mogomotsi 'Mo' Masire, Simon's young brother and an ex-convict who finds himself having to choose between the life that got him in jail, and honouring his responsibilities to the legacy of a crime family and older brother he loves.

Other cast members include TK Sebothoma, Buhle Samuels, Tsholofelo Matshaba, SK Khoza, Abdul Khoza, Nnekwa Tsajwa and Cindy Mahlangu.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

About their first-time partnership with Netflix, executive producer and actor Shona said: "When I created Kings of Joburg, 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 six 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.

"We're living in exciting times where the world is becoming smaller and smaller. What used to be out of reach is now a stone throw away! With Kings Of Joburg, we are taking South Africa and Africa to the world and bringing the world to South Africa. It's a United States Of The World show, bringing together talent from America and the continent! It was an honour to work with Netflix to bring to life this passion project we are truly proud of," added Connie.

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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