Ayeye makes a return to our screens with new faces

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Rosemary Zimu will play the lead character of Zoleka on the new season of Ayeye: Stripped.
Rosemary Zimu will play the lead character of Zoleka on the new season of Ayeye: Stripped.
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  • Ayeye is the latest MultiChoice series adapted into an anthology show.
  • The second season boasts impressive cast in new storyline and format and goes into the world of Joburg’s rich and elite.
  • On-the-rise and new faces to the screen include Tebogo Thobejane, Zama Ngcobo, and Luthando ‘BU’ Mthembu.

One of South Africa’s most-loved coming-of-age drama series is back! Fans of the drama Ayeye have been eager to have the show back on their screens since the end of the first season and now, eight years later, it has made a return.

The drama series first aired in 2015 and had audiences glued due to its relatable storyline of three friends sharing an apartment loft in the heart of Johannesburg, simply trying to navigate adulthood and all its woes.

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Now the dynamic drama returns for a second season and an all-new storyline, that captures and speaks to the times. This new season and format will tell the story of a rich stay-at-home mom, Zoleka, played by the multi-talented Rosemary Zimu, who becomes an adult content creator to maintain her lifestyle after her baby daddy dies and his family takes everything. And while the first season was set against the creative Maboneng backdrop, Ayeye: Stripped will take us into the world of the 1% (and those pretending to be the 1%), in Johannesburg’s swanky Bryanston.

Produced by the award-winning Seriti Films (Gomora, The Herd, The Imposter 2), the 13-part drama series is the latest in MultiChoice’s series to be adapted into an anthology show – where each new season of a show features different faces and new stories within a similar universe.

The show will see Zoleka, a 30-year-old left on the verge of destitution, try and find other ways to keep her lavish life while trying to keep her son off the street. Will her new vocation make life easier, or will things only get more difficult?

In a statement, Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net, says: “As a channel, we’re adaptable and ahead of the curve, which is why we’re embracing the anthology format for some of our shows. The first season of Ayeye gave viewers plenty to talk about, and this new season is just as topical.”

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“It’s important that we keep up with what’s happening in the world around us and reflect that on screen. It’s also exciting for our DStv Compact subscribers to be among the first to get this show on their screens,” she concludes.

The new season also boasts an impressive cast of on-the-rise as well as new faces such as radio personality Zama Ngcobo; Big Brother Mzansi season 3’s Luthando ‘BU’ Mthembu; soapie actor Kealeboga Masango; Moya Maweni; Abomama’s Pabee Moganedi; social media star Tebogo Thobejane; and Isibaya’s Charles Phasha.

Ayeye: Stripped will air on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) starting Friday 5 August at 20h00.

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