Catch quality television entertainment made in Africa for Africans on your screens
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 homegrown programming.
The Africa Magic channels will continue to deliver original, homegrown 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 20:00 CAT, 53 Extra on Mondays at 19:30 CAT, Jara every Wednesday at 21:00 CAT and the high rating soapies Hotel Majestic weekdays at 21:00 CAT, and Tinsel on weekdays at 20:30 CAT. Not only will viewers be treated to these all-time favourite shows, but they’ll also 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 CAT).
Africa Magic Family will also introduce a one hour music block which may increase to three or more hours in subsequent months. The channel also bring popular shows like Tyme out with Tee A on Wednesdays at 23:00 CAT, Star Superfan every at Thursday at 20:00 CAT, and Airtel Changing Lives on Wednesdays at 21:00 CAT. For more African talent, be sure to catch the new kid on the TV block, the local adaptation of the multiple award-winning ABC television drama hit series, Desperate Housewives Africa as it takes over your screens on EbonyLife TV. Desperate Housewives Africa, set to launch on April 30, 2015 at 22:00 CAT exclusively on DStv Channel 165 will closely reflect the original multi-award winning American version with a uniquely African flavour. Viewers can look forward to an enthralling and spell-binding homegrown pilot that takes the Desperate Housewives format as you once knew it to scandalously new dimensions.
There is plenty more local viewing in store for our East African subscribers on Maisha Magic Swahili, channel 158. Viewers can look forward to programmes like Tujuane +, a dating reality show that tests chemistry between two strangers who are searching for love on Tuesdays at 18:30 CAT. East Africa’s Queen of Comedy, Anne Kansiime will judge, accuse and harass anyone who crosses her path in her characteristic quarrelsome and noisy tone in Don’t Mess With Kansiime on Wednesdays at 18:30 CAT. Maisha Magic Original Films will also showcase East Africa’s authentic stories told from a pot of creativity through the eyes of the local people from Monday to Sunday at 19:00 CAT, meanwhile One In a Million, which airs on Wednesdays at 19:00 CAT, will continue to tell the story of the Bollo family which has been upgraded from their poverty stricken life to a higher middle class through the lottery.
There’s no celebration without music and on DStv, the festivities continue with a wide selection of quality music channels to cater to any music genre including Hip-Hip, R&B, dance and Afro. Catch the latest and hottest beats from Africa and the African diaspora on a selection of music shows on Trace Urban, Sound City and MTV Base. MTV Base.
There is never a shortage of Africa-inspired documentaries on DStv where viewers can enjoy some fun programming that highlight the rich African landscape on channels like Animal Planet 183. Watch Africa Day specials on Monday 25 May from 06:00 CAT 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 amongst their own. Meanwhile, Gorilla Doctors follows a team dedicated to saving the mountain gorilla species one patient at a time, as they provide medical care to primates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Wildest Africa is a celebration of the continent’s most spectacular locations, showcasing the full African experience, 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.
Stay tuned to DStv this May to celebrate the success, achievement and growth of our beautiful continent with this great selection of African content.
Happy Africa month!