Vibrant dancer Ntombi (Noxolo Dlamini) does everything in her power to live out her passion. She’s juggling the demands of a dead-end job, family responsibility and a rocky love life, but realises that her dance moves could be her ticket out of her working-class neighbourhood in Durban. First, she must overcome her fears, beat her rivals and sort out the chaos that is her family.
Set against the backdrop of Mzansi’s dance culture, Jiva! shows a South Africa we’ve never seen on screen before. Speaking about the series and what it means to her, showrunner Busisiwe Ntintili (Happiness is a Four-Letter Word) said, “Jiva! has been a true labour of love. Producing an entire series during a global pandemic was no small feat. But the ridiculously talented cast and crew poured every ounce of creativity into this project. Because when you have a dream, nothing can stop you. And that is ultimately the message of JIVA! To dala what you must! Fight for your dreams!”
The series choreographer, Bontle Modiselle, added, “There’s a lot of culture, creativity, dance and story in Jiva! and to see African excellence celebrated on a global platform is incredible. I can’t wait for everyone to see it – world, this is us!”
Lead actress, Noxolo Dlamini spoke about her excitement for Jiva’s launch and said, “Here is our gift to you South Africa and the world! We hope to inspire as well as entertain. May we make you proud, Mzansi!”
Other key cast include Candice Modiselle (The Queen and Generations: The Legacy), Zazi Kunene (Moya), Stella Dlangalala, Sne Mbatha, Prince Grootboom, Given Stuurman (Invictus and Scandal), Zamani Mbatha (Rhythm City and Isithembiso), Anga Makubalo (Generations and Isidingo).
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