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Sunday, October 7, 2012


M-Net's Afro-chic channel AfricaMagic Entertainment lands in South Africa!

AfricaMagic Entertainment, the home of some of the most popular television programming on the African continent, is now available to Premium South African DStv subscribers on Channel 150.

This glamorous M-Net channel came to life in April 2012 when several AfricaMagic channels were launched to television audiences across the continent, and until now South African viewers only got a sneak peek of some of AfricaMagic Entertainment's programming via the AfricaMagic and AfricaMagic World channels.

“AfricaMagic Entertainment is a window to the programming M-Net and AfricaMagic are producing outside our South African borders or for our African audiences. We are incredibly proud of these productions and trust that our DStv Premium audience in South Africa will soon be hooked to the content on the channel," says Lani Lombard, M-Net's Communications Manager.

Viewers will have access to current seasons of drama series and soaps like Tinsel and Jacob’s Cross. They will also be able to stay in touch with the rest of the continent through the channel’s lifestyle and entertainment shows such as 53 Extra, Jara, Mashariki Mix and Star Gist.

53 Extra is a spin-off of the magazine show Studio 53 and will be broadcast on Mondays at 21h30. The first born of the channel’s lifestyle shows, 53 Extra was named in honour of the African Union’s 53 states. The show predominantly covers West African and international entertainment news and is hosted by 2011’s style icon Eku Edewor and Dolapo Oni, who is also an actress on Jacob’s Cross.

Jara, which airs on Wednesdays at 21h30, is hosted by Nollywood’s witty duo, Uti Nwachukwu and Helen Paul. The multi-talented Helen is also a comedienne, writer and actress with a few movie roles under her belt. Uti was introduced via Big Brother Africa as the All Stars season winner and is fast becoming Africa’s ‘IT’ boy, with his looks and charm! The show’s main feature is the pillow-of-fame which has become a celebrity in its own right, with signatures of all the guests that have visited the show.

Mashariki Mix is also a magazine show with a primary focus on East Africa. The show’s presenters, Sarah Hassan and Nic Wangondu, are also no strangers to the TV world. Sarah is a popular actress and Nic is a former Big Brother Africa contestant. The two are able to transport viewers to some of the most colourful planes across East Africa, and they can be seen in action on Tuesdays at 21h30.

Star Gist is the newer addition to the channel’s line-up and it broadcasts every weekday at 19h30. Star Gist has the finger on the pulse when it comes to showbiz news and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. With international correspondents, audiences are treated to celeb news as they unfold! The show is hosted by funky presenters, Zimbabwean model Vimbai Mutinhiri and a popular face on South African television, Lawrence Maleka.

AfricaMagic Entertainment goes beyond the on-air experience, as all these shows have their own fan pages updated with the latest episode synopsis, highlights, photos, video highlights and news on