On Wednesday night, the cast of “Redemption,” BET Africa’s new daily drama, gathered for the premiere of the channel’s original production.
In accordance with the themes of the drama series, guests donned gangster garb and Sunday best and showcased their looks on the red carpet.
Tina Jaxa, who portrays Evelyn Zikode, arrived in a “guluva” outfit, complete with a red tie and a white bucket hat worn at an angle.
Kwanele Mthethwa, resembling her “Pastor Kid” character Faith Zikode, shined in a pink fur-trimmed dress with furry sleeves and a fur-trimmed hem.
Kwanele Mthethwa at the Fourways, Langham launch of “Redemption.” Photograph of Itumeleng English
Yonda Thomas, Luthando Mthembu, and Sparky Xulu ensured that the male cast members brought the fire to the red carpet.
Sparky Xulu at the “Redemption” premiere at Fourways, Langham. Photograph of Itumeleng English
Yonda Thomas at the “Redemption” premiere at Fourways, Langham. Photograph of Itumeleng English
K.O performed his hip hop favorites “Skhanda Love,” “Umhlobo Wam,” and his new smash song “Sete,” featuring Blxckie and Young Stunna, at the media premiere.
Nomalanga Shozi and Naledi “Leddi G” Radebe facilitated the evening’s events as hosts for BET Africa.
Naledi “Leddi G” Radebe, a presenter for BET Africa, attended the premiere of “Redemption” in Fourways, Langham. Photograph of Itumeleng English
Guests were also given to an exclusive viewing of the premiere episode of “Redemption” before to the show’s Monday premiere. The show undoubtedly pumped up the audience for the upcoming drama.
After the screening, cast members Jaka, Thomas, Themba Ndaba, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, and Mthethwa discussed the show’s tagline “God for us, Guluva for himself” in a panel discussion moderated by Shozi.
The plot of “Redemption” revolves around the inexplicable disappearance of Simon (Ndaba), the patriarch of the Zikode family.
Themba Ndaba and Fathima Motaung at the Fourways, Langham, premiere of “Redemption.” Photograph of Itumeleng English
Ndaba’s depiction of Brutus in the South African soap “The Queen,” which will conclude next year, has garnered him widespread acclaim.
In “Redemption,” the actor will portray an entirely different persona from the alcohol- and gun-loving Brutus. Simon Zikode is a megachurch pastor who speaks English fluently.
Not for the first time has the actor appeared in another project while filming “The Queen.”
Ndaba made a brief appearance in “Gomora,” but he was slain in the first episode. With clues of his demise in the daily drama, it would not be incorrect to assume a pattern.
Ndaba inquired, “How certain are you that he is going to die?”
Xulu explained that an event such as death kicks off a chain of subsequent occurrences, which is why narrative is sometimes tied to it, as it allows characters to communicate what they need in a limited amount of time.
Ndaba further on this study, stating: “What is occurring here is the use of death to connect episodes of a story in a manner that begs the question, “What is going on?” You will remain because you want to know what is happening.”
The actor revealed that his co-star Kgoroge is essential to viewers’ understanding of “what’s going on.” He guaranteed that the audience will make assumptions about the ending, but will be astonished by what really transpires.
The actress Standiwe Kgoroge at the Fourways, Langham premiere of “Redemption.” Photograph of Itumeleng English
“They will be like, what?! We didn’t even see it coming, “said Jaxa.
Modiadie revealed that the extent to which her character Yvonne is prepared to go astonished her the most, despite the cast’s reluctance to reveal juicy details.
“She is a loving wife of Zwelakhe, who is the son of a preacher. They are a fantastic pair and love each other, but what I find most amazing about Yvonne is the extent she would go to for her personal advantage to guarantee that her husband becomes the best he can be. So, what she does as the plot develops is unexpected.”
Pearl Modiadie at the “Redemption” premiere at Fourways, Langham. Photograph of Itumeleng English
Modiadie is transforming into an actress. This is her second role since the beginning of the year. She starred in “Entangled” earlier. Her time away from radio has allowed her to advance her acting profession, allowing her to be featured in a longer format.
She acknowledged that the audience may only perceive her as a radio host and emcee, so she wished to demonstrate that she is capable of acting as well.
Everyone on set got along like a “happy family,” according to rising star Mthethwa. The cast includes veteran actors such as Ndaba, Jaxa, and Seputla Sebogodi, as well as up-and-coming actors such as Mthethwa, Mododaie, and newcomers Toka Mtabane and N’kone Mametja.
Toka Mtabane and N’kone Mametja, both newcomers, during the Fourways, Langham launch of “Redemption.” Photograph of Itumeleng English
Mametja, still in shock that she landed the role of Refilwe in “Redemption,” expressed her excitement and gratitude to be a part of the drama series.
Cast members were able to feed off one another and also gained knowledge from one another. Ndaba said that he learned a few things from Mthethwa in their first scene together, which takes place in a nightclub.
When the cameras began rolling, everyone carried out the assigned tasks. Jaxa revealed that she spiritually channeled her character in order to be guided by it and assume possession of Evelyn.
Helen Lebepe at the “Redemption” premiere at Fourways, Langham. Photograph of Itumeleng English
Ndaba remarked that during the first script reading, everyone was like young children learning to read as they attempted to determine who their roles were.
Phakamisa Zwedala at the Fourways, Langham, premiere of “Redemption.” Photograph of Itumeleng English
Jaxa revealed that, as a result of her character Evelyn’s lessons, she has adopted some of her characteristics in her own life. The iconic actress has been active in the profession for decades and shows no signs of retiring.
Proverbs 31 is the biblical verse that kept the “Redemption” set alive. Certainly, the world of pastors and the church is not without of dispute.
“Redemption” will reveal how greed, corrupt actions, and terrible deeds are never left unpunished.
Majorie Langa and Leera Mthethwa at the “Redemption” premiere in Fourways, Langham. Photograph of Itumeleng English
“Redemption” is a collaboration between Burnt Onion and Seriti Films, with Thabang Moleya, Nozipho Nkelemba, and Athi Petela serving as directors.
The BET Africa original production will premiere on September 26 at 6 p.m. on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) Monday through Thursday. It will also air on etv, a free-to-air network.