On the box this week

2011-01-17 00:00

AFRO Café returns to SABC2 this week at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Hosted by Stoan Seate, member of the successful group Bongo Maffin, Afro Café is more than just a music programme — it blends the best music Africa has to offer with a talk show, artist interviews and up-and-coming musicians.

Now in its eighth season, the show delves deeper into the nooks and crannies of the South African music landscape with the gems of the local music front as our guides, also showcasing South African music legends.

“South African music has grown in leaps and bounds and we as Afro Café are glad to play a part in growing and preserving our home-brewed sounds …” said Lebo Malete, SABC2 publicity spokesperson.

In Wednesday night’s show former presenter Pepsi Pokane and Seate look back and reminisce over their favourite acts and interviews featured from the inception of the show through to the current season. Look out for singers Lira and Thandiswa Mazwai, and performances from the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Hugh Masekela.

Other highlights this week:

TODAY

• T he Good Wife — M-Net, 8.30 pm: Season two of this legal drama gets underway with Alicia having to choose whether to stay with Peter or pursue a relationship with Will.

• Motswako — SABC2, 9.30 pm: Today’s show features Relebogile Mabotja, Zolani Mahola of Freshly Ground and dietician Yvonne Rambwa, who will be talking about the obsession with size and weight and how they have dealt with it in their personal and public lives.

• Golden Globes — M-Net, 9.30 pm: Don’t miss the outfits, the excitement, the speeches or the drama during the 2010 Golden Globes as multi-talented Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Ricky Gervais (The Invention of Lying, The Office) hosts the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

WEDNESDAY

• Two and a Half Men — M-Net, 8 pm: In the seventh season premiere, Charlie must decide between his fiancée, Chelsea, and his old flame, Mia.

• Top Chef — SABC3, 8.30 pm: Season two of Top Chef kicks off with a blast as the 15 new contestants make a fiery flambé dish in their quickfire challenge. The guest judge is Harold Dieterle, winner of Top Chef season one.

• Law & Order: Criminal Intent — SABC3, 9 pm: Logan and Wheeler investigate a firefighter’s fatal stabbing, which took place after he prevented a hate crime.

THURSDAY

• Top Billing — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Anele discovers Zambia and goes on a steam train and helicopter ride before a sunset cruise; blogger Seth Rotherham, radio personality Nigel Pierce and singer-model Adeline Mocke cook up the taste of summer; and new presenter Simba Mhere finds out all about the 24-year-old Bokang Montjane, Miss South Africa 2010.

• Desperate Housewives — M-Net, 8.30 pm: After Renee begins spending a lot of time with Tom, an angry Lynette feels she’s trying to sabotage their marriage; and Bree fires Keith without warning when she suddenly finds herself falling for him.

FRIDAY

• Law & Order: Los Angeles — M-Net, 8.30 pm: The murder of a cult member who had been convicted of murder herself sends detectives Winters and Jaruszalski on a torturous investigation involving the woman’s fellow cult members. This leads them to one of the original investigating detectives, Winter’s wife Lori.

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