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Monday, July 31, 2023

Meet the Young Black Female Writer, Creator Behind Netflix’s First Ever Original African Animation Series

Melanga Mulendema, creator of Supa Team 4

Nationwide — Netflix has finally premiered its first original African animation series titled “Supa Team 4.” The show, created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, is part of the streaming giant’s Representation Matters Collection.

Originally known as “Mama Ks Team 4,” the series is set in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and features four undercover teen superheroes recruited by a former spy. These young heroes use their powers to fight crime while navigating the challenges of everyday life and school.

Malenga expressed her commitment to bringing African representation to the global market, stating, “In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero,” according to CBS News.

The idea for the series originated when Malenga pitched it in a pan-African talent search by Triggerfish Animation Studios, which she won in 2015. Netflix picked up the series in 2019. Earlier this year, Netflix expanded its operations on the continent, following the success of other African-produced shows like “Blood and Water.”

Malenga is thrilled about this historic milestone and hopes the series will be well-received by global audiences. The theme song for the show was composed by Sampa the Great, who highlighted its significance for young Zambians.

“I’m excited that the world finally gets to see the fantastic show that the incredibly talented super team, from Africa and beyond, have put together… We hope Supa Team 4… will lead to further investment and collaboration so we can continue to grow the industry,” she said.

“Supa Team 4” is now available for streaming on Netflix. Be sure to watch the trailer.