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WATCH: New series features Mpho Sebeng in his final role

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New series features Mpho Sebeng in his final role
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Showmax has released the first trailer for 016FM, starring the late Mpho Sebeng as DJ Whiskey in his final role before his untimely passing in May 2024.

To save their much-loved community radio station in the Vaal from closing, two polar opposite DJs prepare to compete in a kwaal, a radical battle on-air.

They know it will be a fight to reclaim the hearts of listeners and advertisers, but don’t realise they will also have to oust a dangerous, shadowy syndicate that has infiltrated the station.

Former Rhythm City star Joseph Sedibo co-stars as DJ Tsietsi in the series.

The star-studded cast includes four-time SAFTA winner Nthati Moshesh, SAFTA winner Sophie Ndaba, Sello Motloung, Katlego Mabote, Mapula Molefe, Noni Mafani, Mapaseka Koetle and YFM DJ Caddy Tsotetsi.

016FM premieres on 26 June 2024, with new episodes every Wednesday. In his final interview, Mpho shared with Zibuyile Dladla what 016FM meant to him.
Speaking about his new role in his new interview, Sebeng described his character as someone who lives for the limelight.

“It’s all he knows. He wants to be the alpha of every room that he steps in. He’s also a lone wolf that has to fend for everyone. 

“Sometimes when you read characters on paper, it’s difficult to humanise them, so I tried by all means to show that, although DJ Whiskey comes across as an intolerable human, there are underlying reasons for why he is like that.”

As part of his research for his role, Sebeng hung around the locals in the Vaal to immerse himself in the culture.

“There is a big pop-cultural movement in the Vaal that is highly influenced by Italian high fashion. DJ Whiskey is an Italiana as well, so I immersed myself in understanding this movement in order to have a better understanding of the character. So I had to take the time to hang around with the locals, especially the people who started the culture of ama-Italiana and izikhothane.

“I also watched a lot of videos and skits online. I would purposefully look for skits made by people from the Vaal going about their day. 

“I’d also link up with friends from Sebokeng and Sharpeville [which form part of the six townships in the Vaal] and that helped with fleshing out this character. 

“The research gave me a deep appreciation and respect for the area. This place has so much history and so much to offer. I feel like a show like 016FM shows the great potential that is within the people of the Vaal.”

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