Malawi television serial drama ‘Surbabans’ scales up the heights

Forget about Telemundo, South Africa soaps or Hollywood series, locally-produced television drama ‘Surbabans’ is clearly shaping the future of the country cinematography in as far as television content is concerned.

New local  soap opera

New local soap opera

Produced by Perfect Shots Media, Surbabans (Surbabans) has taken the local television industry by storm with its scintillating and captivating stories that occur on daily basis in the country’s peri-urban areas.

Written, directed and produced by Tawanda Masera, Surbabans features prominent faces in the likes of Tonderai Banda of Entertainers Promotions, dancehall lady-singer Sangie, reggae artist Riise (Nicholas Tselingas), hip-hop major Desert Eagle, among others.

The soap promises to be a blockbuster in the Malawian film industry, Africa and the world at large with it rich storyline that celebrates the dreams and aspirations of Malawians specifically and Africans in general.

Started four months ago, the soap is broadcasted every Sunday from 6pm on Zodiak Television and repeated on Mondays from 8am, Thursdays 4pm and Saturdays from 9pm.

Appealing to people of all generations, Surbabans fuses local prominent languages, displaying the country’s rich culture and diversity.

“The storyline is for everyone; it caters for all regions, race and age. We strive to make it simple for everyone to understand the content,” explained Masera.

Shot both indoor and outdoor within Blantyre city, Surbabans is interesting to watch based on its picture and sound quality.

“We work on limited resources but we make sure that there is much effort on production, sound and quality. We are using different means to finance the production,” he added.

Currently, there are no sponsors for the soap but Zodiak Television has partnered with Perfect Shots Media to ensure Malawians do not miss the rivalry, treachery and blackmail between siblings, friends and foes that make Surbabans one of the most forceful dramas to have ever been locally produced.

Suspense, intrigue and tension are the order of the day as the plot unfolds and Romance influences relationships between warring parties.  The story is about love, survival and revenge with focus on HIV and Aids, reproductive health, gender based violence and child abuse.

“We tackle issues of gender based violence, gender mainstreaming and empowerment of women through theories such as Women in Development (WID), Women and Development (WAD) and Gender and Development (GAD). We also feature issues of child abuse such as child labor, child rape and child trafficking. All these will be tackled under the theme ‘Men of wuality knows equality’ ”.

Other issues featured in the soap are drug and alcohol abuse.

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tidakaonera ndithu


Me no savvy ‘Surbabans’.


This sounds like a promising development. I just hope that my suspicion that ‘Surbabans’ is a mis-spelling of ‘Suburbans’ proves to be incorrect.

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Komatu mwalakwitsa spelling. Timati “Suburbans” i.e. sub + urban. Ndithu in this age of Google and Siri simukanatha kufufuza spelling anthuni?

pia likoya

if the soap’s story line is centred around the lives of folk who dwell in peri-urban areas, as reported in the article, shouldn’t that be spelled “suburbians”? or maybe it’s just me nitpicking!


Sounds like an advert to me

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