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This South African Pantsula Dance Series is Taking TV by Storm

Tjovitjo is the most watched series on South African television ever.

New South African pantsula dance series Tjovitjo is the most watched series on South African television ever. According to statistics by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa‚ the series, which first aired on the 20th of August on the national channel SABC1, attracted 5.7 million viewers in its first week.


This is more than any other drama series on the channel, which is the biggest in the country. Tjovitjo broke the record of such popular drama series like Yizo Yizo (3-million viewers), TSHISA (4.7-million) and Zone 14 (4.5-million), which were all aired on SABC1 a few years ago.

Tjovitjo has a star-studded cast including popular South African actors and actresses. The lead role is played by one of the most versatile SA actors, the award-winning Warren Masemola (put some respek on that name). Rapulana Seiphemo, Soso Rungqu, Harriet Manamela, Lali Dangazele, Sibulele Gcilitshana, Ntosh Madlingozi and Hlengiwe Lushaba are some of the popular names in the cast.

The series, which was originally meant to be a feature film, was directed by popular director Vincent Moloi. It's about a pantsula dance group called Amatjovitjo. It follows the crewmembers' individual lives.

Pantsula dance, which originates in the black townships of Johannesburg, dates back to the 1950s. It's one of the most popular dance styles in South Africa, and it survives to this day, though it has evolved from what it used to be.

The 26-part series airs every Wednesday on SABC1 at 8pm.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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