The drama and action continues but this time not in Kenya or Nigeria but Down South. As expected the cast oozes talent, definitely bringing to life what the series endeavors to highlight; love, sex, HIV and relationships.
Watching the series-in part- at the MTV Shuga: Down South; Nairobi premiere yesterday night at Pawa 254, it was obvious that the entire production crew took it a notch higher (having evolved from a 3part series to a 12 part, sure it’s expected) and boy were we left “edutained”.
In keeping with the contemporary tone of the drama, popular musicians Victoria Kimani, Seyi Shay, Fifi Cooper and Kwesta make cameo appearances as themselves, while Mohau Cele returns in the role of dissatisfied schoolgirl/singer Bongi. Emmanuel Ikubese returns as HIV+ music promoter “Femi”, while Kenyan actor Nick Mutuma reprises his role of good boy gone bad, “Leo”. Vanessa Mdee plays “Storm”, wife to Clint Brink’s “Rakeem”.
During the Q and A session at the premiere both Nick Mutuma and Thuso Mbedu who plays “Ipeleng” opened up about how acting in the series has personally impacted their lives.
While Nick was not too clear (however pointing out that how he relates with women has changed) Thuso openly said that having learned from the series that it is better to be safe than sorry; she is a virgin.
Nick added that it would be difficult for him to imagine that his teenage son was engaging in sex (hypothetically speaking of course) but as hard as it is he would definitely advocate for him to use protection.
MTV Shuga: Down South airs on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Wednesdays at 22:05 EAT and Sundays on Citizen TV at 23:00 EAT; the series will premiere on KBC from today 28th March at 22:30 EAT.
South, the 12- part new drama series from MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base.