Netflix pick up first African animated series ‘Mama K’s Team 4’
Netflix is continuing ot grow its African content and has recruited its first series from the continent; ‘Mama K’s Team 4’.
The show, produced by acclaimed South African company Triggerfish Animation Studios, was created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema and follows four teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia.
The series has been illustrated by Cameroonian Malcolm Wope, who says he has been inspired by ’90s R&B and female hip hop groups.
“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,” Melissa Cobb, the vice president of original animation at Netflix, said in a statement.
She added: “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.”
For Malenga Mulendema, the series is all about creating heroes from a different background, giving the opportunity to young people to see that heroes can come from all different backgrounds” “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,” she says. “Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero.”