TV review – Awkward, tacky, rushed World Cup TV

2014-07-13 15:00

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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.

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