SABC2 rolled out first-ever Xitsonga telenovela ‘Giyani: Land of Blood’

New telenovela ‘Giyani: Land of Blood’ has premiered on SABC2 since Monday 1st April 2019.

The telenovela is about the conflict of two families sealed in a bitter, decades-long dispute over a piece of fertile land and the banana plantation built on it.

‘Giyani: Land of Blood’ brings to life the timeless themes of love rivalries, forbidden passion, stolen land, and corruption. The story is about the conflict between the Mudau and Baloyi families. Set in the fictional village of Risinga, Giyani has harnessed the considerable skills of well-known industry veterans as well as undiscovered talent to deliver the gripping storylines that are sure to keep audiences transfixed.

The leading actors are Linah Ebony Ngcobo, Obed Baloyi, Charles Baloyi, Candy “Tsa Mandebele” Mokwena, Ndivhuho Mutsila and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The theme song is composed and performed by the legendary Dr. Thomas Chauke and the Shinyori Sisters, well-known pioneers of Tsonga music, and produced by award-winning Tshedza Pictures.

The Programme Manager of SABC2, Jacqui Hlongwane, expressed, “In our effort to deliver on the public service and language mandate as well as introduce fresh and landmark content, SABC2 is delighted to bring to the South African public, Giyani-Land of Blood; the first ever Xitsonga drama and telenovela. Produced by Tshedza Pictures and boasting a star-studded cast of Xitsonga actors, who for the better part of their careers, have had to act and perform in roles and languages other than their own in order to make a living; Giyani-Land of Blood has now given them this rightful opportunity. Equally, Xitsonga viewers who have had to watch dramas in other languages will now have their own drama series for the first time; celebrating and affirming their rich culture, tradition, identity, stories, music and heritage.”