Melody is a South African musical drama television series about a young and talented penny-whistler from Athlone who uses music as a form of escapism from her impoverished background and abusive father.
When she gets an opportunity to audition for a music scholarship, will she stand up against her tyrannical father and follow her dreams?
Melody (Kim Bowers) is 18-years-old - pretty, insecure, self-conscious and a somewhat introverted young woman. Her dire domestic circumstances and her constant emotional sparring with her tyrannical father Eric are a source of strength, which propels her to perform good deeds.
But this is her biggest hindrance to achieving her goal, which is to escape her abject poverty.
Eric (Abduragman Adams) is 50-something, embittered, poker faced, beer bellied, flippant and extroverted. He wants to be good father but he fails because his need to drown his sorrow overshadows his want.
In his few sober and guilt ridden moments he promises Melody that he will quit the booze, find a job and provide a respectful home for them. However, he breaks each promise as consistently as night follows day.
Jack (Moeniel Jacobs) is a gang leader and local shebeen king who has an insatiable need for respect but uses violence and intimidation to achieve his ends.
Aunty Florrie (Celeste Williams) is a kind hearted, friendly and peace-loving spinster who lives on her own with her cats and music instruments. She is the township's source of teaching music and providing entertainment for the young and the old.
Bevan (Riedwaan Damon) is Melody's love interest - the neighbourhood clown who feels he is ready to attain his big break as a professional musician.
Nazli (Aeesha Petersen) is a tall, slender and beautiful final year performing arts student at UCT who is secretly in love with Bevan - but he gives her a cold shoulder because of his "love" for Melody.
Junior (Aya Ngobo) is Melody's younger brother with albinism, who worships her unconditionally.
Melody was created, produced, written and directed by Theo E. Davids. The series was produced by Gemini Twins Films and The Ergo Company with producers Dumi Gumbi, Cati Weinek and Theo E. Davids.
Music was composed by Geo Hohn, Edward George King, Celeste Williams and Allou April.