E.tv soapie Rhythm City is switching to high definition, which provides a resolution that is significantly higher than standard TV. In addition to this change, the soap will introduce a new and township inspired title sequence on Thursday, 23 October 2014, at 18h30.
This is the first time the title sequence has been changed since the original title sequence was shot in 2007. The title sequence is still inspired by the original storyline as it follows a pulse of energy travelling through the township and spreading out into the urban centre.
The sequence music is performed by vocalist and songwriter, Samkelo “Samthing Soweto” Mdolomba, former and founding member of The Soil. The sequence was filmed over Soweto, Alexandra and the Johannesburg CBD, and on the street level in and around Ghandi square. It features aerial shots, high and wide above the darkened city, as a pale blue pulse of energy surges across the landscape, converging on an open square, where it lights up the enormous neon Rhythm City logo, suspended like a hologram in space.
The premise of the show involves contrasted cultures and colourful stories of young people who move in between the upmarket suburbs of Johannesburg and the vibrant surrounding townships. Its storyline revolves around the trials and tribulations of those who are trying to break into the music industry. It depicts genuine life struggles involving anything from infidelity, backstabbing, abortion, homosexuality, love and drug addictions of those who have made it in the business.
“After seven years, the show has evolved and it needed a creative revamp. The new title sequence was designed to complement the show’s upgrade to HD. This is the first move towards a fresh, new look for the show. It also serves as a forerunner to other new elements in the pipeline which are planned to roll out over the next few months,” said Yula Quinn, Series Producer for Rhythm City.
Watch the new Rhythm City title sequence.