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The fifth instalment of the multi-award-winning drama series, MTV Shuga premiered in Kenya at a star studded affair held at PAWA254.

MTV Shuga: Down South is a 12 part new drama series from MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base. First originated in Nairobi, Kenya in 2009, MTV Shuga has since travelled to Nigeria and now South Africa, evolving from a 3-part series into a fully-fledge 12-part series and multiplatform franchise.

Thuso and Nick

Set in the homes, cafés, schools, parks and hangouts of fictional South African township, Zenzele, and reallife Braamfontein, MTV Shuga: Down South. With powerful contemporary storylines, relatable characters and an ensemble cast of talented actors and contemporary musicians.

The new series, directed by Mmabatho Montsho, Thabang Moleya and includes a new focus on issues affecting adolescent girls in South Africa, with a particular emphasis on their vulnerability to unintended pregnancy and HIV infection.

Victoria Kimani and Nick Mutuma

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 and singer Bongi. Emmanuel Ikubese returns as HIV and 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.

Anyiko and Thuso

Other key roles are played by Adesua Etomi, Thuso Mbedu, Mohau Cele, Jezriel Skei, Lerato Walaza, Given Stuurman, Samkelisiwe Makhoba, Stephanie Sandows, S’thandiwe Kgoroge, Phila Mazibuko, Ayanda Makayi, Graeme Kriega, Lehlohonolo Makoko, Nqobile Sipamla, Thembsie Matu and Winnie Ntshaba.

Effie and Olivia



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