Rhythm City prom­ises more ex­cit­ing years ahead

CityPress - - News - SIL­VER SIBIYA sil­ver.sibiya@city­press.co.za

If you love the lav­ish life­style and sit­ting at the ta­ble with the glam­orous and fa­mous, then Rhythm City’s 10-year an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion was just for you.

The cel­e­bra­tion was hosted at High­lands North in Johannesburg with a splash for drinkists – who couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter way to start off Wed­nes­day.

Most of the cast of the ter­res­trial television chan­nel e.tv’s show were al­ready munch­ing fruit when I ar­rived.

Only Jamie Bartlett, known bet­ter as David Ge­naro, was tak­ing self­ies with some of the fans and re­mained stand­ing un­til he was *cough* asked to sit down.

Gra­ham Beck Brut Rosé wine was served right at the be­gin­ning of the event. In fact, the wait­ers were keen to see so­cial drinkers down­ing the wine con­sid­er­ing the many bot­tles al­ready popped.

Then the guests were taken down mem­ory lane when snip­pets of some of the most riv­et­ing and mem­o­rable episodes were screened. From the first episode when Suf­fo­cate, real name Mduduzi Mabaso, opened his club – Kilo­watt – with stolen money, to the time when Stone (Zenzo Ngqobe) shocked his beloved mum (Con­nie Chi­ume) when he re­vealed that he was gay.

The mem­o­rable wed­ding cer­e­monies were not left be­hind ei­ther.

The big mo­ment for a day came when ac­tors who have been with the show since the be­gin­ning were hon­oured with cer­tifi­cates of recog­ni­tion, in­clud­ing Suf­fo­cate, Fats (Mpho Molepo), David Ge­naro, and Bra Kop (Setl­habi Taun­yane).

Rhythm City now com­mands a size­able au­di­ence of 3.5 mil­lion view­ers. It peren­ni­ally re­mains the sec­ond most watched show on e.tv just be­hind Scan­dal.

Mar­lon Davids, e.tv’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “Since we moved from 6.30pm slots, we have grown. We are hold­ing our own and cap­i­tal­is­ing on our new au­di­ences to grow. We are our quiet com­fort­able.

“Fans follow shows. The mo­ment we moved from 6.30pm slots, they just fol­lowed us. Rhythm City is one of e.tv’s flag­ship shows, draw­ing au­di­ences to the chan­nel who are look­ing for their dose of daily drama,” Davids said.

“We look for­ward to reach­ing more mile­stones to­gether,”

Just be­fore we left, the show’s mu­sic and pub­lic­ity per­son, Mpumi Phillips, took us to the stu­dio to see be­hind the scenes; the wardrobe, props and so on.

Although most guests were so­cial drinkers, some left the venue as­sisted by their friends.


WE SEE YOU (From left) Setl­habi Taun­yane, Jamie Bartlett, Mduduzi Mabaso and Mpho Molepo re­ceive their cer­tifi­cates of recog­ni­tion

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