Saucy sor­cery

Af­ter a rocky start, Igazi seems to have shaken off its crit­ics and is be­com­ing a fan favourite, writes Jac­que­line Se­tai

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evil spir­its and “witch doc­tors” who use light­ning to kill and mir­rors to com­mu­ni­cate with the spir­its.

The show also does an­other in­ter­est­ing thing: its vil­lains are mainly women and its vic­tims are mostly men. So the ac­tresses have the meaty roles, giv­ing life to com­plex char­ac­ters who love and pro­tect their own chil­dren but mur­der in cold blood. Ndara’s No­marus­sia is evil but com­pelling, dressed in Dy­nasty-style pow­er­suits and heels, she walks over who­ever she needs to.

But there are a few things the show gets wrong and its con­fla­tion of Pondo and Xhosa cul­tures is one. In ex­plain­ing this de­ci­sion, the pro­duc­ers use cre­ative li­cence as a de­fence and it’s a le­git­i­mate one. View­ers also dis­cussed this is­sue on Twit­ter and some said that cre­atives should not be ham­strung by tra­di­tion in bring­ing their vi­sion to life.

Yet if art can be seen as a tool of teach­ing as well as en­ter­tain­ment, did they not have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be more care­ful in their han­dling of tribal col­lat­eral like dress and clan names? Should more care not have been taken to en­sure that cul­ture is rep­re­sented cor­rectly? I think so.

But there is also some­thing that the Fer­gu­son Films team does well and that is bring­ing its au­di­ences over to its side, even when they don’t get it 100% cor­rect. And this they do by pro­duc­ing damn good drama.

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