Netflix: Streaming Giant Picks Up African Cartoon (Video)

Screen Shot: Mama K’s Four Team

Variety is reporting streaming giant Netflix has acquired an African animated series entitled, “Mama K’s Team 4,” a first for the streaming service. The show is produced by South Africa’s award-winning Triggerfish Animation Studios and British kids’ and family entertainment production company CAKE. Christopher Vourlias reports:

“The series follows four teenage girls living in a futuristic version of Lusaka, Zambia, who are recruited by a retired secret agent to save the world. It was created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who in 2015 was one of eight winners of the Triggerfish Story Lab, a pan-African talent search backed by the Cape Town-based animation studio and The Walt Disney Co. The series is designed by the Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope.


In the past decade, Triggerfish has become a powerhouse in South Africa’s burgeoning animation industry. Its first two animated features, “Adventures in Zambezia” (2012) and “Khumba” (2013), are two of the five top-grossing South African movies of all time.”

In December 2018, Netflix announced it would begin aggressively acquiring original content from African countries. One of the shows Netflix acquired in December 2018 is Queen Sono, a classic spy drama featuring Quantico, a woman spy, who juggles dangerous missions and personal drama. Played by South African actress Pearl Thusi, the show will see Quantico travel across the African continent on missions with a home base in South Africa.

To read the article about Mama K’s Team 4 in entirety, visit Variety.

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