Thursday, December 3, 2009

Shuga: Cool Movie About Sex, Major Hype in Kenya

1991:
"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,
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?"
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?

We like Lupita Nyong'o, who plays Ayira, because she is a great main act, has lips to die for, and her sex scenes are oh so 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.

25 comments:

The Hanyeé said...

Thanks for posting Shuga episodes, much appreciated especially for us peeps outside Kenya / Africa :-)

moses said...

keep postin em tafadhali

SisBigBones said...

Yes! Been catching the hype on FB and was wondering how I would get my hands on this...movie? (Is it a movie or a mini-series? I'm confused cuz it looks like a program that's airing for several episodes, but it's being promoted as a movie...)

Thanks for posting. Will definitely come back to watch. Please keep 'em coming :)

gina said...

Bigs up Mayne!!This is good stuff and it definately sends a good message to all the youth in Kenya!
Thanks for posting it here,i really wanted to watch:)

Olga said...

Best quality Kenya ever produced. Love every bit of reality in it.

The Tin Man said...

Good stuff Mayne. Needed to kno how many episodes it is. Bomb productions put together a great show. The message is spot on!

Anonymous said...

Love the show!! please please please post more episodes!

Anonymous said...

I like the movie i wish they were acting about something else these guy Nicolas Mutuma is soooooo!!!!!!!! HOT!!!!!!!!!!! as girls in stato wonna know you

Anonymous said...

Well i like the movie but i dont understand why aids is spreading so much in kenya,kenyans are not as promiscous as americans they have girlfriends if they chet its not that much in the states one chick can sleep with 20 people in one night teen girls give blow jobs like is a kiss alot of girls get pregnant and have no idea who the fathers of their babies are they get so many guys tested to find out who the father is, kenyans outside kenya have caught on too aids does not exist for them they fuck as many women and men as possible i cant understand why the disease is so unfair because not that many people have it in the states and those that have it are black

Anonymous said...

i wonna know this guy nichols mutuma he needs to come to stato to promote the movies so we can show him a good time

Anonymous said...

there re some good looking brothers in the movie that guy leo aka nicholas has such beautiful piercing eyes

Myne Whitman said...

Thanks for sharing the clips, good show.

isaboke said...

Thanks 4 screening the 3 episodes..Quite educative 4 this and generations to come.I see great local talent.Big up for the work well done.

isaboke said...

Thanks 4 screening the episodes..quite educative.Cant believe we got such great talent in kenya.Am almost craving episode 4.Big up 4 the good work.

Anonymous said...

wow!!!!

Anonymous said...

this is great man.thanx.when is episode 4 tokeaing?

andre said...

hey im starting to love this show. and this is my first time viewing this website... you guys are very good. and good luck to all of you guys..

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ValyOnline said...

Good stuff!

Atkins Diet said...

dealing with (direct) violence against women, but related news anyway, is Karen Grepin’s blog post on the use of transactional sex to cope with health shocks, in Kenya. She reports on a new research.

Anonymous said...

Goood stuff... Everyone should watch this. Its too real and it happens. Big UP!!

Frankiefrank

Anonymous said...

ts wow!nicholas mutuma u got it ol bby!

Anonymous said...

nicholas wea dyu pak?

Anonymous said...

thanx for this wonderful message especially to young pips. it has a very strong message that should be deeply visited especially for our young generation that is very sexually active. thanx alot i am trying to encourage my fellow young pips to watch it and know thier status