3 reasons we still love Rhythm City

2018-07-29 00:00

Johannesburg - Having been in the game for more than a decade, e.tv’s Rhythm City remains one of the country’s most watched shows. The drama is e.tv’s second most watched show after Scandal, with more than 4.6 million viewers, according to June audience stats. It holds its 19:00 week day slot with SABC3’s Isidingo and Mzansi Magic’s Ring Of Lies.

Here are reasons people keep watching:

We can relate

Unlike other shows, Rhythm City focuses on real-life issues most South Africans face daily. Young and old see themselves in the characters, whether they’re tackling the music industry, business, homosexuality, infidelity or domestic abuse. What a lot of people are interested in now is Mapula (Mapula Mafole) and Melusi (Maxx Moticoe). Mapula crushed on Melusi because she was impressed by his politeness. Little did she know the man she loved was a woman abuser. They dated for a while before he started controlling her and abusing her emotionally and physically. Mapula decided to end things but Melusi was not impressed, and took to social media to embarrass her. It got so bad that she took out a restraining order against him. With women abuse and revenge porn such a big issue in this country, Mapula and Melusi’s situation is familiar.

Sometimes it’s controversial

Earlier this year many people were angered and disturbed by the show’s story line about a bogus Xhosa initiation school. Many took to social media to complain and threatened to stop watching the show. We know how sensitive and secretive people can be when it comes to culture – just ask the film makers behind Inxeba. Men who had been to the mountain felt the storyline was out of order because it instilled fear and made boys who had not been to the mountain yet believe what they saw. However, this is a real part of our society, and Rhythm City wasn’t scared to address it.

The cast is great

Some of our most popular local stars are in Rhythm City, including Thembi Seete, Jamie Bartlett, Tebogo Khalo, Mavuso Magabane and Thembsie Matu. The show regularly does celebrity cameos, including Kelly Khumalo, Ntando Duma, Khanyi Mbau, Reason, Moneoa Moshesh and Sho Madjozi. Right now we’re being introduced to the rapper and presenter Jesse Suntele, who was voted as one of the sexiest men in our country. And Ishmauel Songo should receive a best actor award already because he really is just the best.


Rhythm City

Channel: e.tv (DStv 194)

Airing: Monday to Friday, 19:00


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