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From the val­leys and golden beach­fronts in a part of the coun­try that cel­e­brates sum­mer all year comes a new re­al­ity se­ries that fol­lows the lives of some of South Africa’s most loved mu­si­cians.

Ezase Afro: The Em­pire, new re­al­ity show on Mzansi Magic, fol­lows the lives of the artists at Dur­ban-born mu­sic sta­ble Afro­tain­ment. It doc­u­ments just what it takes to be on top and stay there.

The first episode de­liv­ered what it promised and, if Twit­ter was any­thing to go by, it seems to have struck a chord with an ap­pre­cia­tive Mzansi au­di­ence – prov­ing that good old home-grown re­al­ity TV is of­ten a win­ner.

From the get-go, you can’t help but fall in love with Big Nuz hit­mak­ers Mandla

the Ezase Afro: The Em­pire is a show that will take you on a jour­ney of turn­ing ad­ver­sity into suc­cess. It tells the rags-to-riches story of Zulu boys from the town­ships of KwaZulu-Na­tal who are now liv­ing their dream of per­form­ing on stages coun­try­wide to thou­sands of ador­ing fans. It gives us a glimpse of the un­tir­ing artists of the Afro­tain­ment sta­ble and the syn­ergy this mu­si­cal fam­ily seems to have. Maybe that’s just what we need right now: a group of suc­cess­ful black peo­ple show­ing that they have made their dreams come true. Let’s just hope that if they’re still suc­cess­ful 30 years from now, they don’t deny where they came from and de­cide to re­voke their Black Cards.

Parental Ad­vi­sory Pro­duc­tions has de­liv­ered yet an­other hot re­al­ity se­ries. Ezase Afro: The Em­pire is a show worth see­ing.

TIRA IN DA HOUSE DJ Tira is the host of new re­al­ity show Ezase Afro

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