7de Laan changes opening theme song

By Drum Digital
23 June 2015

SABC2's Afrikaans language weekday soap 7de Laan has dumped its iconic Soweto String Quartet theme song.

SABC2's Afrikaans language soap 7de Laan has dumped its iconic Soweto String Quartet theme song for a new opening theme which was introduced on Monday evening.

The iconic violin-infused Louis van Rensburg composition has been dropped by Danie Odendaal Productions which makes the soap for the public broadcaster's SABC2 TV channel, as well as the soap's well-known opening sequence of nostalgic sepia toned Melville shopfronts changing into modern day retail environments.

The new 7de Laan opening theme also has a new streamlined title type font for the 15-year old soap.

The new theme song and other cosmetic adaptations for the soap set in the fictional Johannesburg suburb of Hillside, are part of changes ordered by the SABC in the middle of last year, in part to try and address and hoping it will reverse, the soap's still big but flat ratings.

7de Laan also introduced new sets gradually over the course of this year.

The 7de Laan theme song and opener managed to stay unchanged since the soap was first commissioned by the SABC.

According to Caroline Phalakatshela, SABC2 publicist, the new opening sequence was shot in parts of Melville, like the original, but also Parkview.

Check out the new opening sequence here from 1:15.

Source: Channel24

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