Dance for life

War­ren Masemola plays Mafred, the dance hero try­ing to win back his neigh­bour­hood on Tjovitjo.

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While some use their fame and for­tune to get out of the slums, on new drama series Tjovitjo (2017- cur­rent), pantsula dance leader Mafred (War­ren Masemola) is us­ing his tal­ented feet to save his run­down town­ship. “Mafred is truly driven by the com­mu­nity. He is try­ing to stop the cor­rup­tion and drug abuse from tak­ing over the streets,” says War­ren, whose char­ac­ter’s life took a down­ward spi­ral when he lost his star­dom.

But life for Mafred isn’t all about dance – he’s try­ing to stay alive in a tough neigh­bour­hood that isn’t for the faint of heart. “This was a chal­lenge! It took about three years cre­at­ing this char­ac­ter. We went to clubs, street par­ties and dance bat­tles try­ing to find the per­fect sto­ry­line for

some­one with a hunger for sur­vival and us­ing dance to achieve their dreams,” ex­plains War­ren.

SLICE OF LIFE

And it’s not just stay­ing alive and hop­ing to make some­thing of him­self that Mafred’s fight­ing for. Even his love life is a fight – his girl­friend Man­disa (Lali Dangazele) be­comes a tar­get for town­ship new­comer Kopano (Soso Rungqu – Marongwa in Isidingo since 2016). Kopano has an eye on Man­disa and War­ren adds that “the writ­ing is spot on. It re­lates with peo­ple who live in th­ese kind of com­mu­ni­ties – this kind of thing hap­pens all the time”.

The pro­duc­tion team added tra­di­tional bad­dies to the sto­ry­lines too, like gang­ster Phun­yuka (Khulu Seken­jani) and shady priest Rev­erend Mabusa (Ntosh Madlin­gozi). “View­ers will see them­selves in some of th­ese char­ac­ters,” says War­ren. “The good guys, they’re fresh and hon­est and it’s a tale of fight­ing for sur­vival and try­ing to have a life. And Mafred tries to use his god- given tal­ents on the pantsula dance­floor to keep him out of trou­ble for the most part.”

Mafred’s life is driven by his loveXxxxxfor­mu­sic and dance.

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