Friday, August 12, 2022

The Year of the Black Pioneer: Meet Africa’s First Mainstream SuperHero: ‘Jongo’

*Los Angeles, CA – As Hollywood pushes for more diverse characters in the superhero genre, streaming platform Demand Africa introduces ‘Jongo,’ Africa’s first-ever mainstream superhero television show.

Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jongo follows what was supposed to be a normal life for Eli King, a kind hearted hip-hop dancer. When his father is murdered, King finds an alien crystal that gives him unexplained super powers. While Eli tries to find the ones responsible for his father’s death, he quickly realizes that the crystal may have been the root to it all.

“While Jongo is an international series, it’s important for us that the show has a distinctly African soul. Moreover, we wanted to showcase the beauty and dynamism of the continent and of South Africa in particular. So much focus is placed on the many problems Africans face. Jongo emphasizes all that is wonderful and positive about this great continent of ours,” says Jongo’s director Gareth Crocker.


In a climate where African American characters on the big screen are needed more than ever, Jongo will also be joining the likes of Netflix’s Luke Cage (Marvel’s first Black superhero show), Marvel’s Black Panther (Marvel’s first feature with a leading Black superhero, recently broke Fandango’s presale ticket record for Marvel Cinematic Universe films in its first 24 hours), and the CW’s Black Lightning (DC Comics’ first Black superhero). While Jongo is based on a super hero, Crocker prides himself on being able to still keep his main character as human as possible.

“Unlike many other international superhero films and series that place visual effects at the centre of their narrative, Jongo focuses on telling a very human story supported and amplified by special effects. Jongo is, at its heart, a comedy drama. It’s no glorified video game.”

The main cast, which consists of some new and some familiar faces, features Pacou Mutombo (Eli King, Jongo), Katlego Baaitse (Jongo), Luthuli Dlamini (Mountains of the Moon, Mandela’s Gun), Michael Mutombo (Jongo), Pauline Zwane (Jongo), Sarah Kozlowski (Broken Darkness, Bond of Blood) Motsi Tekateka (Umlilo, Into The Fog), Benedikt Sebastian (America: Promised Land; Blood and Glory), Tessa Jubber (Wallander, Drum), Chris van Rensburg (Broken Darkness, The Siege of Jadotville).

Stream the first season of Jongo on Demand Africa February 1st for free!
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