THIS month every day is Africa Day on DStv as we celebrate our dynamic and beautiful continent with an exciting array of local talent and vibrant, informative and entertaining home-grown programming.
The Africa Magic channels will continue to deliver original, home-grown content in entertainment, lifestyle, drama series, reality television and film.
The channels are home to an array of entertaining African content to highly rated shows such as Star Gist which airs weekdays at 8pm, 53 Extra on Mondays at 7:30pm, Jara every Wednesday at 9pm and the high rating soapies Hotel Majestic weekdays at 9pm, and Tinsel on weekdays at 8:30pm. Not only will viewers be treated to these all-time favourite shows, but they’ll get an hour-long dose of their favourite musicians every day as Africa Magic World flexes its music muscle with Africa Magic Music (Weekdays at 14:00 and 23:55).
Africa Magic Family will introduce a one-hour music block which may increase to three or more hours in subsequent months. The channel brings popular shows like Tyme out with Tee A on Wednesdays at 11pm, Star Superfan every Thursday at 8pm and Airtel Changing Lives on Wednesdays at 9pm.
Desperate Housewives Africa, set to launch on April 30 2015 at 10pm CAT exclusively on DStv Channel 165, will closely reflect the original multi-award winning American version with a uniquely African flavour.
There is plenty more local viewing in store for our subscribers on the Mzansi Magic channels. Tune in to watch how tradition meets Western culture, the drama and romance in everybody’s favourite and popular soapie Isibaya weekdays at 8:30pm on Mzansi Magic on 161, get a glimpse of the typical township life and its shenanigans on Zabalaza every Monday to Thursday at 9pm and Our Perfect Wedding celebrates the union of two in marriage and how they face the challenges of organising a perfect wedding.
There’s no celebration without music and on DStv, the festivities continue with a wide selection of quality music channels to cater for any music genre including Hip-Hip, R&B, dance and Afroon Trace Urban, Channel O, and MTV Base.
There is never a shortage of Africa-inspired documentaries on Dusts where viewers can enjoy some fun programming that highlight the rich African landscape on Animal Planet on channel 183. Watch Africa Day specials on Monday 25 May from 6am to celebrate the variety and beauty of the African continent through a collection of programmes exploring its vibrant wildlife. Gangland Killers’ tells the story of animals who fight for supremacy or submission with other species, as well as status on their own. Wildest Africa is a celebration of the continent’s most spectacular locations while The Lion Queen follows Andi Rive, who is on a mission to save the Glengarriff Lion Reserve.
Finally, in Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming, international basketball and NBA star Yao Ming travels to Africa to take on the biggest battle of his life — the ivory poaching epidemic.
News and views of the continent are not left behind as some news networks on DStv have a line-up of intriguing shows reviewing Africa’s culture, economy, politics and successes. Tune into BBC World News’ Focus on Africa, Africa this Week and Invest Africa on CNBC Africa, Inside Africa and African voices on CNN as well as Artscape on Al Jazeera. — DStv