Loxion Lyric is a South African youth drama television series created by Alethea Lindsay, Phybia Dlamini, Fanie Mathibela and Lee McCabe and produced by Imagine That Films which follows a group of township youngsters who form a band called Loxion Lyric, only for the founder members to discover that a large part of being successul musicians in South Africa revolves around good money management - a skill they sorely lack.
They couldn't be more different - the neighbourhood bully, a spoilt rich brat, the social outcast of the community, the son of a famous musician, and an iziKhothane star – yet their lives are set on a collision course, to form a band they'll dub Loxion Lyric.
Obliged to form the band to fulfill the conditions of a magistrate's parole, the two founder members Spikiri and Brian scout their community to find musicians that complement their own talent.
But their poor money management skills force them to partner with wannabe musicians who'll give anything for their 10 minutes of fame.
As the five young adults plunge towards their first performance in the local town hall they're up against not only an unsupportive community, but also their own inner demons.
Even though he has the most to lose, a granny and five siblings to support, Spikiri can't shake his drive to "get rich quick"; whilst eager-to-please Brian just gives all his hard-earned money away.
Stapura's addicted to dice and the iziKhothane lifestyle, whilst spoilt Thandi is so used to getting what she wants, she doesn't understand the value of money.
Only Karabo, the "untouchable" of the township, has much she can teach them all – but she's yet to get any of the other band members to look her in the eye...
It's clear: should the band have any long-term chance of survival, or even make it the National Arts Festival in June, they'll have to pull together and learn something about money.
Loxion Lyric uses the backdrop of young adult drama and stories of coming of age to model savings and good financial management to South African viewers, young and old.
The series is based on the premise that when financial skills are modeled to young adults, this can result in a change in the way the larger nation saves up and accumulates its wealth, thereby redressing the imbalances of the past.
The starring cast are Chumani Pan (Brian), Malizo Mdekazi (Spikiri), Xolile Maluka (Karabo), Mpume Ngwenya (Thandi) and Phumello Nkosi (Stapura).
Produced by Imagine That Films, the series was written and created by Alethea Lindsay, Phybia Dlamini, Fanie Mathibela and Lee McCabe. The series producers were Lindsay and McCabe, the supervising producer was Beverley Mitchell and the series directors were Zuko Nodada and Phybia Dlamini.
The title song, uThando iWakho, was originally produced by TCTEE Music and adapted for Loxion Lyric by Underscore Studios. The vocals are by Kabelo Modiba, Xolile Maluka and Malizo Mdekazi.
Season 1 Cast
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Malizo Mdekazi ... Spikiri
Xolile Maluka ... Karabo
Mpume Ngwenya ... Thandi
Chumani Pan ... Brian
Phumello Nkosi ... Stapura
Recurring / Guests
Charmaine Mtinta ... Mam Busi (as Charmaine Mntinta)
Frances Ndlazilwana ... Spikiri's Gogo (as Francis Ndlazilwana)
Palesa Mocuminyane ... Pearl (as Palesa Mucuminyane)
Lince Matabane ... Zanele
Thobani Mbhele ... Mavovo (as Thobani Mbele)
Samela Tyelbooi ... Aunty Joan
Dumisani Mbebe ... Uncle Clayton (as Dumisane Mbebe)
Thembile Botman ... Hilton (as Nkosi Botman)
Thabo Zondo ... Vusi
Thando Mhlontlo ... Themba
Bongisipho Sibane ... Bobo
Mandla Sogcwayi ... Sipho
Fanie Mathibela ... Man in Sporty
Sphumelele Mambi ... Apprentice (as Sphumele Mambi)
Menzi Biyela ... Doctor
Mpho Ngele ... Mad Man
Thabang Mahlangu ... Policeman 1 (as Thaban Mahlangu)
Tshepo Mdluli ... Policeman 2
Solly Mkhwanazi ... Spaza Shop Owner (as Solly Mkhwenazi)
Mokgele Molebeleli ... Taxi Driver 1
Paledi Ramokgopa ... Taxi Driver 2
Koos Mosia ... Policeman 1
Sicelo Mbobo ... Policeman 2
Fiona Richards ... Nurse
Makhosazane Ndlovu ... Psychologist / Lindiwe / Social Worker
Nkosana Samane ... General
Busi Makhanya ... Inmate 1 (as Busi Makhanye)
Gugulethu Kubheka ... Inmate 2
Bongani Msiza ... Inmate 3
Nomthandazo Nxumalo ... Court Clerk
Donovan Prinsloo ... Inmate 4
Thuto Skhosana ... Nyaope Guy 1
Mongezi Sibeko ... Nyaope Guy 2
Momelezi Ntshiba ... Magistrate (as Momvlozi Ntshiba)
Muzi Mthabela ... William (as Muzi KaChibi Mthabe)
Nunu Khumalo ... Nhlanhla
Phillip Mathebula ... Bra Oupa
Patrick Mashapa ... Gambler 1
Bongane Mofokeng ... Gambler 2
Mavis Mkhabela ... Thandi's Neighbour
Zakhele Joseph Nkambule ... Sporty's Friend
Emmah Ditshego ... Shop Assistant Zinzi
Mapule Mathibela ... Church Lady 1
Mpuleleng Dube ... Church Lady 2
Mikhail Hlatshwayo ... Teacher/Mr Ngcobo
Ronny Ramela ... Old Drunk Guy
Desiree Luthuli ... Caseworker Mrs Nkosi
Bongani Mahlangu ... Waiter
Busiswa Mambi ... Stella (as Busisiwa Mambi)
Sipho Manzini ... Bra Cobra
Benito Carelsen ... Manager
Seithati Tsie ... Worker Girl 1
Lesego Putswane ... Worker Girl 2
William Tshipape ... Gambler 1
Given Masumpa ... Gambler 2
Phumzile Mavimbela ... Audition Girl 1
Kgomotso Manyaka ... Audition Girl 2
Nkululeko Matrose ... Audition Boy 1
Neo Nathalie Sefako ... Person 1 (as Neo Natalie Sefako)
Sanele Mfusi ... Person 2
Mandla Sibeko ... Pawnshop Owner
Thuli Moukangwe ... Shebeen Waitress
Fenter Motsepe ... Vegetable Seller
Lungelo Ngcobo ... Shop Owner
Martha Nkosi ... Customer Palesa
Pascaline Phale ... Mrs Maseko
Mac Mathunjwa ... Old Musician / Music Teacher
Lerato Ledwaba ... Sposh
Thapelo Mbongi ... Bra Sy
Ayanda Magubane ... Mavis (as Ayanda Mangube)
Koketso Sibanyoni ... Mbali (as Kokesto Sibanyoni)
Nthabiseng Kwane ... Karabo's Mom
Lipschitz Mogoane ... Karabo's Dad
Xolani Nxumalo ... Brian's School Mate / Roger
Sunday Modisha ... Sydney
Sizwe Zuma ... Ayanda
Tshepo Maduwana ... Internet Cafe Owner
Ausie Manana ... Mam Dlamini
David Mabena ... Passerby
Nozipho Mdletshe ... Poet at Open Mic
Itumeleng Pitje ... MC at Open Mic
Sizwe Mngomezulu ... Muzi
Sabelo Ndlovu ... Gangster 1
Lucas Masoeu ... Gangster 2
Precious Khumalo ... Soloist Ayanda