In a historic leap for African representation in the entertainment industry, Netflix has unveiled its very first original African animation series titled “Supa Team 4.” This groundbreaking show, created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, takes center stage in Netflix’s Representation Matters Collection, cementing its importance in promoting diverse narratives.
Originally known as “Mama Ks Team 4,” this vibrant series is set in the heart of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. It introduces us to a quartet of undercover teenage superheroes recruited by a former spy. These young heroes harness their unique powers to combat crime while juggling the challenges of ordinary life and school.
African Representation Takes the Global Stage
Malenga Mulendema, the creative genius behind “Supa Team 4,” is passionately committed to amplifying African voices on the global platform. She shares, “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,” as reported by CBS News.
The genesis of this remarkable series began when Malenga pitched her idea during a pan-African talent search organized by Triggerfish Animation Studios in 2015, ultimately emerging as the victor. Netflix recognized the immense potential of “Supa Team 4” and acquired it in 2019. This milestone follows Netflix’s expanding presence on the African continent, buoyed by the success of other African-produced series like “Blood and Water.”
Malenga Mulendema Excitement
Malenga Mulendema is filled with excitement and anticipation as “Supa Team 4” takes its place in history. She hopes that the series will resonate with global audiences, transcending borders and inspiring countless young hearts. Notably, the series’ theme song is composed by the renowned Sampa the Great, who emphasized 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 exclaimed.
Ready for Action: Stream “Supa Team 4” on Netflix
“Supa Team 4” is now available for streaming on Netflix, marking a monumental moment in African storytelling. To catch a glimpse of the captivating world of Zambia’s teen superheroes, be sure to watch the thrilling trailer. “Supa Team 4” not only promises entertainment but also stands as a testament to the power of diverse narratives in shaping our global cultural landscape.
Meet Malenga Mulendema
She is a visionary writer and creator, making waves in the world of entertainment. Hailing from Zambia, she stands as a trailblazing figure as the mastermind behind Netflix’s groundbreaking African animation series, “Supa Team 4.” Malenga’s dedication to amplifying African voices and narratives on a global scale has earned her recognition and acclaim. Through her work, she strives to inspire young minds and pave the way for diverse storytelling in the industry.