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
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