Blood Psalms is set to premiere on September 28th.
Showmax has released the trailer for Blood Psalms, an epic, action-packed African fantasy series. A co-production with CANAL+, Blood Psalms will premiere on the web streaming platform on 28th September 2022, with new episodes every Wednesday for 11 weeks.
The story, set in Ancient Africa, one thousand years after the fall of Atlantis, revolves around the five surviving houses of Kemet who find themselves beset with fears of a prophesied end of days.
Bokang Phelane plays the role of Princess Zazi, a fiercely determined teenage princess who must navigate primordial curses, long-standing ancestral vendettas, and her inexplicable role as the damning prophecy’s chief harbinger.
Mothusi Magano, winner of four SAFTAs and an African Movie Academy Award, plays her father, mad king Letsha, while SAFTA winner and 2022 DSTV Mzansi Viewers’ Choice nominee Zolisa Xaluva plays General Toka, the head of her father’s Akachi army.
“Blood Psalms is the biggest and most ambitious series we’ve ever made, completely unlike any other African series you’ve ever seen,” says Nomsa Philiso, executive head of programming at MultiChoice. “We couldn’t be more excited.”
“This show was specifically created as a reimagining of ourselves as Africans, as an answer to ‘Who are we?’,” says Phelane. “It’s done in a very entertaining way, with a lot of drama and action.”
“Blood Psalms is a heck of a ride and it’s never been done before,” says Magano. “For Africans, mostly, our history goes back 200 years. That’s what we’ve been given, and it’s from Western perspectives. We really don’t know anything much about our own history. So Blood Psalms poses a lot of questions and will give people a lot to think about.”
“I got to witness the greats at work,” says Phelane. “The cast is filled with actors who have inspired me from quite early on in my life to pursue acting.”
“One thing that was brilliant for us was no use of an English word, whatsoever,” says Maake kaNcube. “That was a big challenge even for a lot of actors, you know, because most of the time we are used to performing and doing a mixture of African languages and English. This time, the dialogue is purely in African languages.”
The show will premiere on the streaming platform on September 28th.