The Pantsula Dance Series Tjovitjo is the most watched series on SA TV ever
The Pantsula Dance Series Tjovitjo is taking on TV by storm.
It first aired on SABC 1 on the 20th of August and according to statistics by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa, the show racked up an impressive 5.7 million viewers in its first week.
Bear in mind, we are not America, so by South African standard, this is phenomenal.
Tjovitjo brought in such impressive viewership that it has surpassed other hit shows to become the most watched TV series in the history of South African television.
It surpassed hit shows like Yizo Yizo (3-million viewers), TSHISA 4.7-million viewers) and Zone 14 (4.5-million), all of which were also aired on SABC 1, but a few years ago.
The series was originally destined for the big screen as a feature film and is directed by popular director Vincent Moloi.
The show is about a pantsula dace group called Amatjovitjo, and the crewmembers’ individual lives.
Tjovitjo features a star-studded cast including the cream of the crop in South African acting.
The lead role is played by award-winning Warren Masemola, who is undoubtedly one of the most versatile actors in SA.
Other popular actors gracing the screen include Rapulana Seiphemo, Soso Rungqu, Harriet Manamela, Lali Dangazele, Sibulele Gcilitshana, Ntosh Madlingozi and Hlengiwe Lushaba.
The Pantsula dance originates from the black townships in Johannesburg and dates back to the 1950’s.
It is one of the most widely loved dance styles in South Africa, as it has gone through evolution since its birth.
Catch the 26-part series of the Pantsula Dance Series Tjovijo on SABC 1 every Wednesday at 8pm- you can also watch some episodes on YouTube which have been uploaded by fans.