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2015-08-31 15:27

Cape Town – There’s a brand new telenovela starting on Mzansi Magic this week. The Road joins the list of hot local soapies in the prime time 19:30 slot.

Set in the 1950s and modern day it is a tale of love, lost, murder and music. It has already been labelled a trailblazer for South African television, the first of its kind.

"This is a major milestone for us," says Nkateko Mabaso. "The Road marks our fourth venture into the genre and we've gone all out to create a high-quality, compelling drama for our audiences."

"We want them to feel immersed in the emotions of the characters and the demands of their worlds. The aim is to make a visually stunning, storyline-driven drama that will keep viewers enticed."

The Road will try to infuse and pay tribute to the sounds of the 50's and some of its greatest musicians into the story – and to then contrast that to modern-day Johannesburg.

Here’s what you need to know about the show:

What it’s about:

Set against the backdrop of iconic Sophiatown, the love story starts with a journey that is intertwined with history; a thrilling world of music, danger, politics and romance. Beautiful singer Stella and talented writer Themba are star crossed lovers longing to be together, but only destiny will tell if they end up in each other’s arms. Their story and the one-sided romance between them is told against bubbling tensions, a mysterious murder and unresolved passions. A TV producer eager to tell and capture the touching story takes on the challenge, leading to spell bounding actions he couldn’t have predicted.

The cast:

The cast include a host of familiar and new faces such as: Muzi Mthabela, Nandi Ngoma, Tsholofelo Maseko, Moneoa Moshesh, Solomon Sebothoma, Sithembiso Khoza, Gail Mabalane, Neo Ntlatleng, Sthandiwe Kgoroge and Darlington Michaels.

Where and when you can watch it:

The telenovela will air from Monday – Thursday at 19:30 on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).

Watch the trailer here:

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