Now on SABC3, having spent the last four seasons on SABC2, the premise of the show – two musicians from different musical genres who get together for two days (three in previous seasons) to write, rehearse and record a song together - remains mainly unchanged, with a few minor tweaks to the format.
The new season sees some minor format changes as well as half-hour episodes as opposed to the previous one-hour show. This has allowed the filmmakers to move from a more documentary-style approach to a fast-paced pop programme.
The fifth season includes artists as diverse as Mango Groove, The Soil, Ready D, Jack Parow, Francois van Coke, Emtee, Ringo, Shortstraw, SAI & Ribatone, Sibot, Mandoza, DJ Shimza and a host of others. The 52 artists collaborating in the 26 episodes represent the wide footprint of the South African music industry.
Season 5 Acts
Episode 01: Dozi and DJ Shimza
Episode 02: The Soil and Francois Van Coke
Episode 03: Max Hoba and Black Cat Bones
Episode 04: Bongani Nkwantane and Piet Botha
Episode 05: Bittereinder and DJ Spoko
Episode 06: Jakkie Louw and Tribute Birdie Mboweni
Episode 07: Saarkie and Okmalumkoolkat
Episode 08: Moonchild and The Muffinz
Episode 09: Jack Parow, Ready D and Dookoom
Episode 10: Pops Mohammed and Bongeziwe Mabandla
Episode 11: Gerald Clark and Sibot
Episode 12: Nomisupasta and Cortina Whiplash
Episode 13: Mandoza and Beeskraal
Episode 14: Emile YX? and Manny Walters
Episode 15: Curchil Naude, Riku Lätti and Spoegwolf
Episode 16: Mr Cat & The Jackal and Twee
Episode 17: BCUC and Bouwer
Episode 18: Ash & Joshua and Na Die Reen
Episode 19: Emtee and Wonderboom
Episode 20: Adam and Early B
Episode 21: Fuzigish & Kwesta
Episode 22: Die Heuwels & Taxi Violence
Episode 23: Shortstraw & Thebe
Episode 24: Bye Beneco & Sai &Ribatone
Episode 25: Watershed & B3nchmarq
Episode 26: Mango Groove & Kahn Morbee
The show, which puts together musicians from opposing sides of the musical spectrum for two days during which they must write, rehearse and record a song together, was filmed in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Two studios, openroom in Greenside and Milestone Studios in Cape Town were used for the final recordings.
The programme was originally conceived in 2007 as a way to bridge the huge divide between South African musicians. The show has a strong and vocal following that is quick to praise and criticise perceived mistakes and successes of the musicians on air.
Jam Sandwich has won four South African Film and Television awards in three different categories: Best Music show, Best Reality show and Best Concept and Script.