Rhythm City is Bill Gate’s favourite African soapie

Rhythm City producers, actors and other staff members must be patting themselves on their backs after getting a great complement from businessman, philanthropist and author Bill Gates.

 

Gates posted a blog on his website titled “Five Reasons I’m Hopeful about Africa”; in the blog he talks about how Rhythm City is his favorite soap opera and how it perfectly depicts how far South Africa has come since the Apartheid era.

 

The business magnet says he had the opportunity to watch the show last year while he was here for the International Aids Conference that was held in Durban.

 

When I was in South Africa last year for the International AIDS Conference, I caught a fascinating TV show one night. The show is called “Rhythm City,” and it’s the most popular soap opera in South Africa. The show, which has characters speaking in the four main languages of South Africa (Xhosa, Zulu, English, and Afrikaans), revolves around people trying to break into the music industry. Some of the storylines are a bit out there (it is a soap opera, after all), but when you see the show it really brings home how far South Africa has come since the end of apartheid. You take a step into the lives of everyday South Africans who are dealing with the relationship and business issues you’d see anywhere in the world. As the continent continues to develop and thrive, I predict we’ll see many other shows like this in other countries.