YANGA! now available on Freesat

04 Apr 2018


Dynamic, irreverent and effervescent – welcome to YANGA!, the new general entertainment channel for the UK’s African diaspora, now available on Freesat channel 171. 

From beats to humour, from lifestyle to kids programming, YANGA! is the pulse of the African diaspora, bringing the continent’s colour and vitality into your living room.

The channel’s broad schedule combines the best entertainment television produced from across the continent, plus a bold new series of original programmes produced locally by the diaspora.

Highlights include Turn Up, showcasing the latest agenda-setting Afrobeat music and cultural coverage; Fizzi, for YANGA!’s younger African viewers, specifically designed to delight both parents’ and children’s collective cultural imagination, and Number 6, the channel’s free-spirited, night-time comedy show.

“YANGA! means self-pride and showing-off in West African pidgin,” says Lindsey Oliver, Managing Director of YANGA!’s parent company, Africa MediaWorks. “We want to celebrate the eclectic and inspirational lives and culture of Africans living in the UK by delivering positive and empowering stories.

“African cultural influence is so prevalent in the UK right now and we want to bolster this excitement by shining a light on its best entertainers, comedians and musicians. We are delighted to announce our carriage on Freesat as we believe it is a great platform for our audience due to its excellent value and the variety it offers,” she adds.

Alistair Thom, Managing Director at Freesat, said: “Freesat is committed to bringing a wealth of content to customers and broadening its channel offering, and we’re delighted to welcome YANGA! to the platform. The channel brings a wide range of entertainment and cultural programmes from West Africa to the UK, all subscription free.”

YANGA! launched in the UK on March 5 and is also available on Sky Channel 293.

YANGA! is advertiser-funded, OFCOM-regulated and BARB-rated. YANGA! broadcasts 15 hours a day from 09.00 to 12.00 GMT. YANGA! content can also be found on YouTube (YANGA UK), at www.yangatv.com and on social media @yanga_uk.