The brainchild of music producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, Tales is a groundbreaking anthology series whose plotlines are inspired by hip-hop hits, from N.W.A’s “_ _ _ _ tha Police” to Meek Mill’s “Cold Hearted” and the Notorious B.I.G anthem “I Got a Story to Tell”. At turns provocative and poignant, the series has set Black Twitter alight and attracted praise and criticism in equal measure. Premieres Monday 2 October @ 21:30 CAT.
In this brand new local show hosted by media personality Khanyi Mbau, South Africans are encouraged to come clean and reveal their darkest secrets to their family, friends and even colleagues. There are shocking reveals and startling discoveries, and in each case, we discover whether the truth really does set you free – or get you into a heap of trouble! Premieres Wednesday 18 October @ 21:30 CAT.
The BET HIP HOP AWARDS returns to highlight the best of the year in hiphop music, with bold performances and breakthrough freestyle cyphers. Friday 13 October @ 21:00 CAT.
Settle in for a month of laughs as BET brings you comedy specials from America’s hottest stand-up stars. 6 Oct – Nick Cannon keeps you chuckling with honest, edgy accounts of his life. 13 Oct – John Witherspoon shows the young’uns how it’s done. 20 Oct – See why Variety called Loni. Love “one of the top ten comics to watch”. 27 Oct – DL Hughley delivers pure, raw comic genius. Fridays from 6 October @ 21:50 CAT
In his first comedy special, the popular comic actor and musician reveals edgy, honest tales of his failed attempts at being a gangster, his humble roots, marriage, fatherhood and his thoughts about Eminem. Friday 6 October @ 21:50 CAT.
All aboard the LOVE TRAIN! Named by Variety as “One of the top ten comics to watch,” comedian Loni Love has taken stand-up comedy to new heights. As a regular panellist on E!’s hit late night show Chelsea Lately, Loni has quickly emerged as a comic force to be reckoned with. Friday 20 October @ 21:50 CAT.
If you like your comedy served up raw, tasty and wicked-funny, D.L. Hughley is your kind of stand-up guy. One of the most popular comedians of film, TV and radio unleashes a hilarious display of stand-up comedy genius in this uncut Showtime special. Friday 27 October @ 21:50 CAT
Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. This award-winning documentary stands as the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary and legend, tracking his rise from the ghettos of Jamaica to international super-stardom. Sunday 1 October @ 22:00 CAT
It was the world’s most remote music festival, an annual commemoration of peace between the Tuareg nomads and the Malinese held two hours outside Timbuktu. But since Islamic militants and Tuareg rebels banned music, the Festival au Désert has been silenced. Witness the battle to restore its voice. Sunday 8 October at 10:30PM.
Oscar-winning doccie director Alex Gibney brings us the story of Fela Kuti, Nigeria’slegendary musician and activist. Not only is Fela credited with creating a new musical movement, Afrobeat, his message is said to have helped bring democracy to this homeland – and it is as powerful and potent today as it was in the 1970s and 80s. Sunday 15 October at 10:30PM.
Welcome to the apartheid after-party! The film explores the past, present and future of the electronic music scene and its multiple sub-genres. Its directors’ mission was simple: to meet and swap notes with their heroes, colleagues, competitors and co-conspirators, an ever-potent gang of electronic music pioneers. Sunday 22 October.
A brass band from the Republic of Benin sets off on a daring bid to conquer Lagos in Nigeria. On their long journey to the metropolis, the band’s members share adventures that reveal the many sides of this complex continent – the ties that bridge country borders as well as the differences that divide. During encounters with Femi Kuti and the contemporary ideals of Pan-Africanism, the Gangbé Brass Band finds itself immersed in a world of new ideas. Sunday 29 October at 10:30PM CAT.