Tune in each week as Marhaba delves into the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books, and music.


Netflix’s series adaptation of the beloved novel Shadow and Bone’ finally arrives this 23 April. The series is inspired by Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy (and incorporating the Six of Crows spinoff books), which promises an epic fantasy adventure that should give fans of The Witcher and Game of Thrones a whole new kingdom of heroes, scamps, monsters, and magic to explore. The series picks up in a war-torn world where a tremendously powerful outsider (Jessie Mei Li) discovers her abilities could save her country and change the world forever. This is one of those fantasy epics that comes with a map and a sprawling cast of characters, so be prepared to pay attention, but you can look forward to having that attention rewarded with sexy heists, mythical creatures, and plenty of action (and magic) packed battles.


Netflix’s exploration of space continues with the upcoming thriller ‘Stowaway’ starring Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim, and Shamier Anderson. The movie stars the four-person ensemble as astronauts aboard a spaceship to Mars. The one problem is that there’s only enough oxygen on the ship for three people. The unintended stowaway seems to be a systems engineer, played by Anderson, who appears to have the shock of his life when he’s discovered unconscious in a crawlspace and doesn’t realize he was on-board when the spacecraft launched and began its two-year mission. Stowaway premieres 22 April.


TOP CHOICES Recently named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Morgan Jerkins, a bestselling nonfiction writer, applies her scrupulous prose and storytelling prowess to the realm of fiction in her beguiling debut novel Caul Baby’. It follows the story of Laila who desperately wants to bear a child, but each of her previous pregnancies has ended in heartbreak. After several miscarriages, she enlists the help of an influential Harlem family believed to possess healing powers.

Caul Baby was tagged as Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Time, BuzzFeed, Parade, O: The Oprah Magazine, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Goodreads, among others. You can purchase the book here.


Tom Jones is 80, but fortunately, he’s not afraid to tell and show you his age. After performing for nearly six decades and releasing dozens of albums, he’s decided to try something that he held on the back-burner. Surrounded by Time is an eclectic collection of covers with one original track for the iconic Welsh singer’s first studio effort since 2015’s Long Lost Suitcase. He kicks the album off with a trio of songs that sound sonically very compatible with one another. They are musically quiet while Jones’ vocals are framed to be what you find yourself listening to more than anything else. The full album will be released on 23 April.

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Author: Weslee Dizon

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