Magamba TV is Zimbabwe’s leading producer of cutting edge, political satire and comedy shows. Magamba TV’s productions include Zimbabwe’s global satire sensation Zambezi News, the popular Tsaona show and the new hit The Week.
Four seasons in and Zambezi News is defining itself as one of the pioneering satirical voices on the African continent. A shining example of cutting edge African satire, Zambezi News uses humour to cleverly deal with Zimbabwe and the continent’s complex political and social issues 2015 saw Zambezi News nominated for the #Index100 – the Freedom of Expression Awards in the UK. Meanwhile 2016 saw the show nominated for a prestigious National Arts Merit Award in Zimbabwe and it won Best African Comedian at the African Entertainment Awards USA. Zambezi News has been screened on TV to millions of viewers across Southern Africa while the cast have been on several intercontinental tours. Zambezi News has made international headlines in the BBC, CNN, The Guardian newspaper (UK), Channel 4 News, NPR, Deutsche Welle, and The Economist.
“Bold, daring and very talented”
– BBC Focus on Africa
Tsaona is a recent partnership with Bustop TV, a local comedy group with a strong online viewership. In November 2015 the collaboration of Bustop TV and Zambezi News, titled ‘Tsaona’, was launched to create short, humorous video clips targeting the mass market that touch on current social issues in English and Shona. These videos were uploaded and shared on social media platforms and have received an overwhelming response from viewers. Magamba TV and Bustop TV were in April 2016 declared two of the top seven most successful internet video outfits in Zimbabwe by leading technology magazine, TechZim.
“Sharp satire for troubled times” – 1843 magazine (The Economist)
The Week is Zimbabwe’s cutting edge weekly satire show that hilariously picks apart the local and international news. Presented by leading Zimbabwean satirist Comrade Fatso the show has been an outstanding success – receiving positive feedback from a very diverse range of people and with the first season reaching over 400,000 viewers. The Week has tackled many current issues such as bond notes, police corruption, government incompetence, new protest movements, and cyber rights. Notable activists, celebrities, and politicians have participated in interviews for The Week and its witty, fast paced humour and coverage of breaking political events has made it one of Zimbabwe’s must-watch weekly shows!