The Buzz is a Pan-African lifestyle TV show that promises spontaneous, mind-opening, insightful and entertaining content. The lockdown may have kept us away from our friends but HONEY, a new channel on DStv channel 173 in collaboration with Media24, is bringing us friends we never knew we needed, until now.
A panel of women from five African countries sit in a lounge-style setting to discuss a viewer’s personal problem, give advice and share their own lived experiences. At the end of each episode the panel votes on what they think the viewer should do about their conundrum.
Produced by Rose and Oaks Media and hosted by the talented, vivacious and witty Anele Mdoda, this show brings a fresh new look and feel to the screen and introduces a naturalistic way of discussing women’s issues on TV.
Why you should watch
The Buzz is definitely worth your 19:00 CAT Monday-to-Thursday primetime TV slot. It is an unscripted show, featuring a panel that dishes it out as it is served.
The Buzz leaves no stone unturned on women’s issues, from sex, money and mental health, to fertility, relationships and careers. It’s a first of its kind, bringing diverse cultural, religious and Pan-African opinions and experiences to universal and yet deeply personal problems.
A social media call was made to find the panel best suited to the ask. Out of over 600 applicants, Rachel Mangwemi from Kenya, Zanna Katoka (DRC), Pearl Umeh (Nigeria) and Davina Mavuwa from Zimbabwe made the cut. Their unique backgrounds and lives make them the perfect panel for The Buzz. On set they are just like old high-school friends, united by their experiences as women.
The set design is key to making this show authentic and relatable. “We wanted to give viewers that ‘chilling at home vibe’ with friends,” said Anele, who is also the executive producer of the show.
“Every time my friends and I go through hard times, we talk about them lounging in a setting similar to the design of this studio.”