By Kevin Koech |
Famous, a new 10-part musical drama is set to premiere on Showmax. Created and directed by renowned music video director and filmmaker Enos Olik and produced by his production company, EOP Films, Famous follows three young artists – Nyota, Magic and Nikita – as they navigate the intricate music industry in Nairobi.
In this glamorous yet brutal world, Nyota struggles to rise to stardom as she battles to overcome her sordid past. Magic, a renowned rapper and producer who has gained notoriety for his fast life and wealth, tries to take his empire to the top with his number one artist, Nikita, whose successful career is threatened by new scandals and a desire for even bigger things.
Famous stars actor and former Mr World Kenya Khula Budi as the troubled rapper and producer Magic, with newcomers Brianna Wanjiku as Nyota and Michelle Tiren as Nikita. Keith Chuaga, Manasseh Nyagah, Ciku Shire, Morris Mwangi, Sarah Hassan, Brahim Ouma, and Sandra Wambui also feature in supporting roles.
Sharing his excitement about the project, Olik says, “I started out as a music video director before venturing into other forms of filmmaking and content creation, so music has been a big part of my life and my career. Famous is a story that I personally relate to. I wanted to show an aspirational journey through the music industry and yet make it feel relatable.”
Famous, which is currently in production, is the second ever musical drama in Kenya, after Groove Theory (2013), and will feature original music that Olik describes as “raw and Kenyan.” “Viewers should expect good music, amazing visuals and a very talented cast,” he adds.