"Let's talk about sex. Let's talk about all the good things. And the bad things that may be. Let's talk about sex."(lyrics from a hit song by the American hip-hop trio Salt-n-Pepa released in 1991)
Fast forward to 2009, 18 years later...
Another generation. The babies made during the 'let's talk about sex' era are now sexually active themselves.
"Hi ni story ya ma boys, in gear five,Shuga, MTV’s Staying Alive hard-hitting drama is screening on Kenyan television stations. Shuga follows the lives and loves of a group of cool young students whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife-edge due to their love of risk and danger. It's a story about sex with a great story line and good actors. Ayira, a modern girl who knows exactly what she wants and what she’ll do to get it; but will her passion for an older man come at the expense of long term soul mate Ty?
Madem wa fly getting down with the music, feeling fly,
Furahi day nights, music vibes, sweat and sex in the air.
This is a story of true love, lust, broken trust,
It is the story of bright lives, entwining and colliding,
Hi ni story ya morning after, mabyebye baadayes,
Madoa sugu zimeachwa
So what do you do when the party catches up with you?
Has the ride been worth it?"
hot cool! Ayira is a beautiful, confident and vivacious 22-year-old, grade-A college student. Originally from Langata she now lives in Buru Buru with her mom and little sister. Her father left Ayira's mom for another woman six years ago - an act which deeply affected Ayira. She is now determined to get her mother and sister out of the financial strain her father left them in, and see a return to the comfortable life they once enjoyed. She has a steady, loving boyfriend called Ty, however Ayira is distrustful of men due to her father's behavior. She wants more and she wants it quickly. Her hunger and impatience for life clouds her judgment and sense of values.
Shuga is generating quite a buzz in Kenya, the series actually seems to be quite appealing to the young urban middle and high classes. Shuga seems to challenge young people and is igniting a movement to change their sexual behaviour. It's educating, it's provocative, it's funny: "Don't let your erection determine your direction!" Kenyan youths are asking each other: "Who are you in Shuga?" It's amazing, young people have even gone for tests after seeing this movie. Others, who are not that interested in the sex aspects, are saying Kenya has actually great potential for a vibrant movie industry.
Fine, enough said. Time to watch the three episodes now. Let me know what you think.
Shuga Episode 1: Diva has hopes of the high life, meanwhile the fast boys flex their masculinity and Virginia plays hard to get.
Shuga Episode 2: The Fast boys get caught slipping, while Ayira thinks she is playing Felix, meanwhile everything becomes clear with why Virginia has been acting distant. It all goes pear shaped for the fast boys, as Leo Kenneth and Skola wake up regretting the night before, sweating over some bad news. Meanwhile Ayira thinks she is playing new squeeze Felix, but is she the one in control? Or does he have much more to gain from her than she does him? And what about the implications with long term man Ty? We find out the reason behind Virginia’s erratic behaviour, she’s been hiding something from Leo.
Shuga Episode 3: Everything comes to a head in the final episode, Ayira has it all to lose, and Skola is free falling to his lowest point.