Sis­ters bare their souls

The SABC puts the spot­light on lesser-known songstresses, who in­spire with­out re­sort­ing to pop gim­micks. Phumlani Sithebe Langa checks it out

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SABC1 (DStv chan­nel 191) Mon­day, 10pm

Now in its sec­ond sea­son, SABC1’s Sis­ters with Soul looks into the lives of South Africa’s up-and­com­ing artists. The cool thing is how the em­pha­sis is placed on women. Not just any women, but au­then­tic African queens with an abun­dance of tal­ent.

The per­son­al­i­ties pro­filed on the show of­ten re­late the home town ex­pe­ri­ences that in­flu­enced their unique and hon­eyed sounds, and the fam­i­lies of the fea­tured artists are also in­ter­viewed.

It’s in­ter­est­ing that most of these ta­lented “sis­ters” seem to have in­her­ited the gift of mu­sic from some­one in their fam­ily, who also ex­celled at the dis­ci­pline.

If you’re a fan of brassy, vac­u­ous pop mu­sic, then this show is not for you.

The se­ries is filmed as ar­tis­ti­cally as the peo­ple it de­picts, and it comes across as or­ganic and real, de­spite be­ing young and raw.

A case in point is the episode fea­tur­ing Msaki, from the East­ern Cape. She wanted to elab­o­rate on what she was say­ing and asked if she could fetch her gui­tar. With this, the cam­era­man dropped the cam­era, no doubt an ac­ci­dent. But he re­cov­ered and Msaki just went with it, which was re­fresh­ing.

My one gripe is that it airs a bit late, so many young girls won’t be able to ben­e­fit from see­ing it. That’s a shame, as it presents women who bare their souls through art and are re­spected for it – all with­out the use of span­dex out­fits and provoca­tive lyrics that can’t stand the test of time.

This ap­proach to tele­vi­sion pro­vides some­thing worth see­ing that will leave you en­riched and grate­ful that, some­where out there, strong women are shaping their life ex­pe­ri­ences into mean­ing­ful and in­spired art.



TAZNA SLATER Some of the ta­lented singers who have ap­peared on the show

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