First look: The Fergusons’ Kings of Joburg on Netflix
The suspense is over: the highly anticipated Kings of Joburg series will premiere on Netflix today, 4 December 2020. The most recent African series to land on the service sees Netflix partnering with South Africa’s adored “first family” of TV production, Connie and Shona Ferguson, alongside Samad Davis of US based Visionary Media Inc.
Expect a thrilling test of loyalties on the gritty, crime-ridden streets of Johannesburg, where a palpable action-drama series unfolds, with a layer of dark fantasy and a sinister aspect of the African occult.
Shona Ferguson stars as Simon “Vader” Masire, a member of the KOJ brotherhood and the eldest of the Masire siblings. As the smooth and charming brother, prolific businessman Simon leads the family business. However, under the lavish suits and ties is a man hiding a deep, dark secret.
Zolisa Xaluva portrays the role of Mogomotsi “Mo” Masire, Simon’s young brother and an ex-convict who finds himself having to choose between the life that got him in jail, and honouring his responsibilities to the legacy of the crime family and older brother he loves.
“The premise of the series is centred around the question, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ and this narrative is explored in all six episodes. – Shona Ferguson
Joining the ensemble cast is TK Sebothoma as the spoilt and privileged Tlotlo Masire, Buhle Samuels as the gorgeous and supportive wife to Simon, Angela Masire, and Tsholofelo Matshaba as the straight-talking detective who’s obsessed with bringing down the Kings of Joburg. Adding to the impressive cast is SK Khoza as Cyrus, Abdul Khoza as Lester, Nnekwa Tsajwa as Sting and Cindy Mahlangu as Phumzi.
Executive producer, Shona Ferguson, speaks on this first-time partnership with Netflix.
“When I created Kings of Joburg, I wanted to root the show in elements of love, family, conflict and power. The premise of the series is centred around the question, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ and this narrative is explored in all six episodes. The mystical and thriller side of the story is inspired by the folktales that I grew up learning about from my late father, Peter Harry Ferguson. These stories kept me up at night and gave me nightmares but I had to bring them to life in a tale of human conflict. Audiences will be surprised to learn that despite the darkness of this story, Kings of Joburg paints a beautiful picture of the city of Johannesburg. I am also grateful to have worked with such an amazing cast and crew who gave it their all and helped bring my vision to life.”
“With Kings of Joburg, we are taking South Africa and Africa to the world and bringing the world to South Africa.” – Connie Ferguson
Connie Ferguson adds, “We’re living in exciting times where the world is becoming smaller and smaller. What used to be out of reach is now a stone’s throw away! With Kings of Joburg, we are taking South Africa and Africa to the world and bringing the world to South Africa. It’s a United States Of The World show, bringing together talent from America and the continent! It was an honour to work with Netflix to bring to life this passion project we are truly proud of.”
The six-part series delves into legacy building, fragmented family structures, treacherous brotherhoods and the effects of crime and African masculinities on families and society at large. Loyalties will be tested, with long-held secrets threatening to shatter the fragile facade.