Tarik Trotter, Ahmir Thompson and their manager Shawn Gee (Philly Films) and Brian Sher for Category 5 Entertainment will executive produce both an animated children’s series (working title, South Street Sounds) and a live-action children’s series.
Featuring music by The Roots, South Street Sounds follows three friends growing up in the most musical block known to man. Even having a bad day means that one is literally singing the blues, so, when these three friends get together it is only right that they call themselves “South Street” as a band.
The characters break down as such: Zora, a creative scatterbrain; Nick, a future-entrepreneur and Tyson, who is disaster-averse — all pride themselves on playing gigs for any occasion. There is no occasion too big or too small for these three friends to rock out to.
“As we venture into the world that is film and television production, we couldn’t think of a better partner than Amazon to help us develop these first two children’s projects,” Questlove said in a released statement. “Our love for music started as young kids, and we hope to inspire a generation of future artists, musicians and music fans through the stories we tell and the music they hear on these shows,” Black Thought added.
Written by Becky Friedman (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) — South Street Sounds feels like it will be full of crate-digging, experimental and legendary tunes rich for ripe minds to ingest through their ears-and-eyes.
There are no details yet for the live-action show. We will update this story as we learn more.