“Every Wednesday for 26 weeks, a group of children pay surprise visits to different music specialists. They take along their magical rainbow rhythm box which contains a universal beat and play it to unsuspecting musicians. The Rainbow Rhythm Gang spends time with the artists, learning about their music style. The fun begins when the children ask their artist victim to create a verse, on the spot for their Rainbow Song in their type of music. Watching the group work towards their creative four-line masterpieces is fascinating” explains Paulette Tshiredo, SABC Education’s Head of Formal Education.
The Rainbow Song is built over the series and becomes a tapestry of visual and audio delight which includes among many, the penny whistle by Kwela, a Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra clarinet and a banjo from a Cape Minstrel.
“Regulars on Rainbow Rhythm Gang include presenter Tinyiko Nukeri with youngsters Buhle Nukeri and Zanna Berry. Because SABC Education wants to expose young children to television production we took children from the area we were working in and made them Rainbow Rhythm Gang kids for a day. South Africa’s children have confidence that bloomed in a few hours” ends Paulette.
Producer of Rainbow Rhythm Gang, Mary Berry’s biggest challenge was taking a mobile sound studio into some harsh environments and then having to work quickly. She says “while working on a verse, the creative ‘yes’ moment, which can never be re-created, would suddenly happen so we had to film all the time; but thanks to our clever music director, Lance Field everything always worked out in the end. We filmed parts of Rainbow Rhythm Gang in eight different languages, Xitsonga, Tshivenda, Setswana, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Afrikaans and English depending on the artists, but the linguistic skills of our presenter, Tinyiko saved the day. Tinyiko conducted most interviews in the artist’s mother tongue, and worked closely with us in post-production, structuring and subtitling.”
SABC2 ’s Publicity Manager, Zandile Nkonyeni says “Rainbow Rhythm Gang tells South African music stories, from o pera to iscathamia, traditional Xitsonga music to Afro Ska. Viewers can expect entertaining education about gospel, reggae, boeremusiek and anything that’s played by a South African artist. The series takes us from Thohoyandou in Limpopo Province, right down to Cape Town and a whole lot in-between. The first episode features Hip Hop Pantsula; don’t miss it; it is music at a different level.”
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