Thanks to a groundbreaking co-production deal struck between global broadcasting TV operator Canal+ and Africa’s number one video entertainment company MultiChoice Group (MCG), a new era of African storytelling has been ushered in.
The partnership will bring to life a 10-part epic known as Blood Psalms – which is based on SA’s pre-colonial mythology – that will be broadcast in 2021 on Showmax, and on Canal+ channel as well as its myCanal platform in Africa.
“This massive co-production highlights Showmax’s commitment to a dynamic approach to superior quality content. We can’t wait to present our exquisite view on African mythology to a global audience. As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, the partnership with Canal+ also creates an environment that is ripe for invaluable skills exchange between the South African and French production teams.”
– Yolisa Pahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment & Connected Video
Canal+ Group is a major player in Pay TV worldwide with more than 20 million subscribers. Directly through its subsidiary, Studiocanal, they have produced many riveting box-office hits. Showmax is no stranger to content on demand, and offers its viewers selected live sport; news; movies and series including Deon Meyer’s Trackers and HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Shot in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and North West provinces, Blood Psalms tells the powerful story of a fierce teenage African queen, Zazi, who battles a world-ending prophecy to navigate her people through complexities, politics and endless wars.
In executing this deeply mystical series, the crew went as far as creating intricate costume design and real-life consulting with African spiritual guides and healers to ensure that the story embodies and reflects truth.
“We are very pleased to partner with Showmax for the coproduction 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!”
– Fabrice Faux, Chief Content Officer of CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL
Award-winning creative duo Layla Swart and Jahmil X.T Qubeka are the brains behind the series. The team, as producers and co-owners of Yellowbone Entertainment, bring Blood Psalms to life after the successful big screen premiere of their hit boxing movie Knuckle City earlier this year.
The Blood Psalms production was made possible by several key partners, including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTi), M-Net, the Eastern Cape Economic Development Corporation (ECDC) and the MultiChoice Innovation Fund, which supports South Africa’s most exciting entrepreneurs, enabling them to bring their unique, innovative and creative business ideas to life.