TV review – Awkward, tacky, rushed World Cup TV

2014-07-13 15:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

With the World Cup coming to a close today in Brazil, there are some shows that I am glad are also wrapping up production. Kasi to Favelas is one of them.

It seems SABC1 realised late in the tournament that a lifestyle magazine show was needed to spice things up and so created a one-off show geared towards football, culture, fashion, and all things Brazilian and South African.

The show promised a lot and delivered very little in the three weeks it was on air. The presenters, Masego Maponyane and Pearl Modiadie, both of whom are lovely people, tried hard to get their presenting mojo going, but they never found it.

The smiles lingered a tad too long, and the clips and inserts took ages to roll after the Autocue had been read. The whole thing was awkward and it dragged on.

At least studio guests managed to lighten up the show when the inserts failed. And fail they did.

Our culture was swallowed up in meaningless skits of township folk trying their hand at presenting or some other pointless insert.

Kasi to Favelas did little to explore and compare our culture to Brazil’s. We know we have squatter camps and ghettos as legendary as Rio’s favelas, and we both like a good bit of protest action once in a while. But we’d have loved to know more.

Instead, the show tried to draw on comedy to explore our similarities. Our pantsulas and skhotanes were set against their carnival queens and ghetto types.

The end result was a cringe worthy cultural misinterpretation made worse by the jitters and technical glitches.

It looks like the SABC decided to air Kasi to Favelas at the last minute. How else can you explain that the show took off 10 days after the World Cup began?

When the World Cup began, SuperSport aired another show – called World Cup Live – and brought in Bonang Matheba, Nandi Mngoma, Sizwe Dhlomo and others to bring it to life, which makes us think that SABC1 came to the party a bit late.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.