Velaphi: Does anyone recall this iconic local comedy?
Velaphi is a name that brings back memories for many South African viewers. Here’s more about this classic SA comedy show.
Velaphi is a name that brings back memories for many South African viewers.
While the name might not ring bells for everyone, fans of the nineties television comedy will have fond recollections of the situations the titular character got himself into.
Do you remember this local comedy?
Velaphi was one of the most-viewed isiXhosa television shows of the nineties. One of the first, true SA sitcoms.
Here’s how you can relive some of the memories, and parts of the show.
VELAPHI: WHO REMEMBERS THIS LOCAL COMEDY?
Velaphi can be a given name, but it also brings back memories of a local comedy that only some South Africans are young enough to remember.
The show followed the misadventures of Velaphi, who somehow always got into mischief – or seems like the mischief might have been following him around.
Viewers followed the story for several seasons, broadcast on SABC until the show ended.
ABOUT THE SHOW
The show was created in 1991, and became one of the most well-known isiXhosa shows on television.
Local TV entertainment was still taking off in the early-nineties, and this show pioneered what local comedy could get away with on screen.
The lead character was portrayed by isiXhosa actor Mvuyiswa Renek “Ray” Ntlokwana, also known for his many film roles.
VELAPHI EPISODE 1 [WATCH]
The good news for anyone who hasn’t discovered the show yet: episodes of it are available on YouTube for streaming or downloading.
Watch parts of the first episode below, and don’t forget to let us know what you think: