SABC 1 Mzansi FoSho
Ligwalagwala FM and SABC 1 launch biggest TV hit Tjovitjo
SABC 1 Mzansi FoSho has gently ushered the Spring season with a re-vitalized schedule offering fresh and innovative brand new shows under hashtag #otatalanana . Headlining the list of new shows was Tjovitjo - a new local drama series representing cutting edge storytelling at its best. Other exciting additions to the schedule included the introduction of two brand new local sitcoms, Rented Family and uThuli Nothulani and a few repeat shows. Ligwalagwala FM, being the sister station to SABC 1 was in Newtown, Johannesburg where the launch took place and brought its listeners the live blow-by-blow and interviews of the actors from the various shows being launched. Asambe Drive Show, Ligwalagwala FM’s afternoon drive show hosted by award winning Shabba “DJ Shabbisto” Mavuso was lit as Shabbisto interviewed heavy weights that cost a fortune to employ on local productions due to their veteran status in the industry.
Amongst those interviewed were Tony Kgoroge, Rapulana Seiphemo, Warren Masemola (all from Tjovitjo) and Trevor Gumbi (from cast of Rented Family), who was also program director on the day. Kgoroge’s character on Tjovitjo is a depiction of a character based on a Free-State criminal where he himself hails from. Kgoroge is also co-funding the production as he believed in the production and how it competes on an international scale. He is also an avid supporter of the South African acting industry.
“The production is 100% black-owned and brought in internationally recognized South African heavy-weight actors to showcase the South African Heritage of Pansula Dance, bringing in a diaspora of kasi language and culture”, said Kgoroge about Tjovitjo. He named fellow actors Rapulana Seiphemo, Ntosh Madlingozi (comedian) as some of the cast members to expect from Sunday, 20 August 2017 on SABC 1 at 20:00.
Warren Masemola, who plays the main character MaFred used to be a dancer in his past life and had to take up dance lessons to bring his character to life. “Tjovitjo demonstrates the lifestyle of isiPansula and the struggle to make their dreams come true through dance”. He recognizes dance as something that has always united people in his community and South Africans in black townships since the Sophia Town era in the late 50s.
“SABC recognizes local talent, whether through TV or Radio with music. We groom new talent and give them the opportunity to showcase their talent to large audiences” said Zandile Nkonyeni SABC TV Public Relations Manager
Marketing Manager of Ligwalagwala FM, Cwy Mandindi said that this was an opportunity to showcase how versatile Ligwalagwala FM is as a station and how far the footprint is able to extend- from Mpumalanga to Jozi,
from radio to TV. “ Ligwalagwala FM brought local and relevant entertainment with this partnership with SABC 1. We were able to bring life to the ‘theatre of the mind’ that radio is. Our listeners were able to see everything that happened at the launch through our social media pages on @Ligwalagwalafm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and will be able to see how Shabbisto carries brand Ligwalagwala FM behind the mic on shows like Real Goboza”.
For any queries, please contact Cwy Mandindi on 013 759 6762