Netflix Picks Up It's First African-American Animated Series


An original animated series “Mama K’s Team 4” has been picked up by Netflix to add to it’s diverse lineup of cartoons. The series follows 4 teenager girls  living in a futuristic Lusaka, Zambia .  The girls are called on by a retired special agent to help save the world.

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Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema is the creator of this animated series and has won many awards for some of her previous work. She is currently working under Triggerfish Story Lab, which is a Pan-African talent search  company backed by Cape Town based animated studio along with The Walt Disney Co. The cartoonist Malcolm Wope drew his inspiration for the series from hip-hop girl groups and 90’s R&B.

“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,”  Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix, said in a statement. “‘Mama K’s Team 4’ has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to.” 

If you are female and interested in joining Triggerfish Story Lab on this series they are looking for more creative directors click here.

No release dates for the series has been announced but we will keep you updated.