Mama K’s Super 4

Netflix has picked up what is hopefully the first of many African shows set to stream on their service called mama K’s super 4.

Mama K’s Super 4 is created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema who was one of the winners in the Story Lab initiative in 2015. The series’ aesthetic is designed by Malcolm Carter Wope and according to Black Girl Nerds, “draws visual inspiration from retro-’90s R&B and hip-hop girl groups.”

The story will be targeting smaller audiences from the ages of 6 to 12 with a tag line “fighting rich and powerful opponents with limited resources means Mama K’s Super 4 will have to be smart and resourceful in a show in which taking down the bad guys and turning in your homework is all in a day’s work.”

This is a big step in taking African content to a bigger stage especially on animation and comicwise. The world is still blind to the creations in Africa and the access to such creative works is still a challenge but this comes as a form of optimistic hope that the means are opening up. Netflix has been known to dance barefoot, across a minefield of diverse, bizarre and deliciously unpredictable stories and direct link to African writers and creators will deter the cliché and unoriginal view foreign creators set on African stories.

Malenga has said, “Mama K’s Team 4’ has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to.” The show will undoubtedly be a pilot to more ventures for Africans to seizing their own narratives in their hands.

Mama K’s Super 4 came into the spotlight as a result of writer Malenga’s participation in Triggerfish’s Story Lab initiative. Netflix picking up Mama K’s Super 4 from such an initiative, could encourage investors, companies and individuals to organize similar initiatives and broaden the scope of already existing ones and encourage those with ideas to come up in time and hopefully find their footing.

Malenga Mulendema best wraps up what the implication of this Netflix deal is for African animation when she says, “in creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero.”

Mama K’s Super 4 is produced by leading Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE. Dates for the release of Mama K’s Super 4 have not yet been announced.

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By NAICCON on May 8, 2019

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