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|Created by||Kagiso Lediga|
|Theme music composer||Sauti Sol, Sho Madjozi, Black Motion|
|Opening theme||Disco Matanga|
|Country of origin||South Africa, Congo, Nigeria, Zimbabwe|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||32–47 min|
|Production company(s)||Diprente Films|
|Picture format||4K (16:9 UHDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||February 28, 2020 –|
Queen Sono is an African crime drama web television series created by Kagiso Lediga that premiered on Netflix on February 28, 2020. The series stars Pearl Thusi, Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, Enhle Maphumulo, Abigail Kubeka, Connie Chiume, Otto Nobela and James Ngcobo. It is Netflix's first African original series.[a]
Queen Sono follows the story of a secret South African clandestine agent who tackles criminal operations while dealing with crises in her personal life.
Cast and characters
- Pearl Thusi as Queen Sono, a field operative of the Special Operations Group (SOG) and daughter of Safiya Sono, a deceased anti-apartheid revolutionary leader and freedom fighter
- Vuyo Dabula as Shandu Johnson Magwaza, an ex-SOG agent and Ekaterina's second in command
- Sechaba Morojele as Dr. Sidwell Isaacs, Chief Director of the SOG
- Chi Mhende as Miri Dube, Director General of the SOG
- Loyiso Madinga as Frederique Kazadi, a former hacker and lead field technician of the SOG
- Rob Van Vuuren as Viljoen, a former SOG field agent, who later became an analyst after suffering a permanent impairment injury from a past covert operation
- Kate Liquorish as Ekaterina Gromova, a high level security contractor and primary owner of the private military company Superior Solutions, as well as a Russian heiress to the Gromova crime family
- Khathu Ramabulana as William Chakela, Queen's childhood friend and therapist
- Enhle Maphumulo as Nova, William's girlfriend and a consultant at the World Bank
- Abigail Kubeka as Mazet, Queen's paternal grandmother
- Connie Chiume as Nana, Miri's mother and a key political advisor
- Otto Nobela as Bula Bule, one of Ekaterina's mercenaries
- James Ngcobo as President Malunga, a prominent South African political figurehead
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"I Am Queen Sono"||Kagiso Lediga||Kagiso Lediga||February 28, 2020|
|2||"Dying Is Sore"||Kagiso Lediga||Camilo Saloojee||February 28, 2020|
|3||"The Devil's Toys"||Tebogo Malope||Muzi Dlamini & Karabo Lediga||February 28, 2020|
|4||"Rookie"||Tebogo Malope||Karabo Lediga||February 28, 2020|
|5||"Sugar Water"||Tebogo Malope||Christopher Steenkamp||February 28, 2020|
|6||"State of Emergency"||Kagiso Lediga||Kagiso Lediga||February 28, 2020|
On December 10, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a six-episode first season. The series is created by Kagiso Lediga who is credited as an executive producer alongside Tamsin Andersson. Lediga and Tebogo Malope will both direct the entirety of the first season. Diprente Films will be involved in the production of the series. The first season is set to be released on February 28, 2020.
Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Pearl Thusi would star in the lead role. On June 11, 2019, it was announced Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, Enhle Maphumulo, Abigail Kubeka, Connie Chiume, Otto Nobelaand James Ngcobo had joined the cast.
Principal photography for the first season was originally scheduled to commence in April 2019. Filming for the first season took place on location in Johannesburg, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria, Kenya and Zanzibar, Tanzania from June 2019 to August 2019.
The first season received positive reviews upon its release. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 7/10 based on 10 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Queen Sono's twisty, taught thrills are matched with epic action sequences and soapy delights, making Netflix's first South African series a smashing good time." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the first season a score of 70 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.
- Queen Sono was the first South African series commissioned by Netflix, but Shadow was streamed first on the service since Queen Sono later premiered on February 28, 2020.
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