Straight from South Africa and becoming Netflix’s Second African Original after the successful ‘Queen Sono’, Blood and Water is running the television streets right now as it hits number 1 spots in many countries around the world.

Blood and Water is a teen drama focusing on Puleng Khumalo, an intelligent teen played by the amazing Ama Qamata who is on a mission to solve an old case about her sister who was kidnapped over 17 years ago.


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Aside from the juicy drama and almost-solid performances this series delivers, it’s a refreshing addition to Netflix’s ever-growing roster of teen content. It’s no secret that the streaming service has had a colourism problem. In almost every YA show it produces (13 Reasons Why, On My Block, Trinkets, Outer Banks, I Am Not Okay With This, I could go on…), the only Black female characters are lighter-skinned actresses who eerily fit into a certain mould of Black girl that this industry has deemed worthy. As Zendaya put it in 2018 while acknowledging her privilege, “I am Hollywood’s acceptable version of a Black girl and that has to change.” I hope Blood & Water is Netflix’s first signal of change.

Blood and Water No. 1 Rankings

  1. South Africa
  2. USA
  3. France
  4. Nigeria
  5. Bahamas
  6. Libya
  7. Trinidad and Tobago
  8. Jamaica
  9. Guadeloupe
  10. Kenya

Other Countries Rankings

  1. Brazil – No. 2
  2. Portugal – No. 5
  3. Germany – No. 7
  4. Austria – No. 7
  5. United Kingdom – 8

Blood and Water is the first South African show to reach number 1 in the USA while the show retained positions in the top 10 in countries like Mauritius, Switzerland and Belgium.

The cast of Blood and Water

Ama Qamata (‘My Perfect Family’, ‘Rhythm City’) plays Puleng Khumalo, while Fikile “Fiks’’ Bhele is played by Khosi Ngema starring in her debut role. Wade is played by Dillon Windvogel (‘Arendsvlei’) and Wendy is portrayed by Natasha Thahane (‘Skeem Saam’, ‘The Queen’, ‘Lockdown’). Thabang Molaba plays Karabo ‘KB’ Molapo.

The show also stars Gail Mabalane, Arno Greeff, Ryle De Morny, Greteli Fincham, and Getmore Sithole.

Blood and Water is directed by  Nosipho Dumisa, one of South Africa’s most recognizable black female directors who won the Best Director Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival for ‘Number 37’.

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