Skemerdans is a South African, Afrikaans-language crime drama series which revolves around a tragedy at The Oasis - the hottest night spot on the Cape Flats - which leaves the club at the centre of a power struggle, and a mystery.
The neo-noir murder mystery is set at The Oasis, a jazz club and after-dark entertainment venue that becomes the centre of a power struggle between two brothers, a scorned widow and an organised crime syndicate.
Kevin Smith, Ilse Klink and Brendon Daniels lead the cast as Glenn, his wife Shireen and his brother Trevor respectively.
Ceagan Arendse is the black sheep of the family, Warren; Trudy van Rooy is Glenn's prodigal daughter, Jessie; and Vinette Ebrahim is the formidable Fortune family matriarch, Mercia.
Carl Weber stars as Enver, one of the Adams brothers - mob bosses who are busy buying up the strip around The Oasis.
Bongo Mbutuma plays his partner in crime and brother from another mother, Clifford.
Also starring are Kim Syster as Chanel, Danny Ross as Denver, Mbulelo Grootboom as Luthando, Ann Juries-May as Melanie, Sanda Shandu as Charlie, Carmen Maarman as Bonita and Alistair Izobell as Nathan.
In the series premiere: As Glenn Fortune and his family gather to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Oasis, sinister forces that threaten his legacy and loved ones are at work when Warren makes Glenn an offer.
Skemerdans is a Showmax Original Production, co-produced by Nagvlug Films.
The series was created, written and executive produced by Amy Jephta, who is also the showrunner and co-director with Ephraim Gordon.
The producers are Scharl van der Merwe and Zandré Coetzer.
Filming took place along Voortrekker Road and at Club Galaxy in Rylands, Cape Town, which doubles as The Oasis and the Adams brothers' strip club The Velvet Room.
Season 1 Cast
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Ceagan Arendse ... Warren Fortune
Ilse Klink ... Shireen Fortune
Trudy van Rooy ... Jessie Fortune
Brendon Daniels ... Trevor Fortune
Kim Syster ... Chanel Adonis
Danny Ross ... Denver Carelse
Mbulelo Grootboom ... Luthando Bradley Vuba
Vinette Ebrahim ... Mercia Fortune
Ann Juries-May ... Melanie Samuels
Sanda Shandu ... Charlie Ngcobo
Carmen Maarman ... Bonita Fortune
Carl Weber ... Enver Adams
Bongo Mbutuma ... Clifford Adams
Alistair Izobell ... Nathan Da Silva
Kevin Smith ... Glenn Fortune
Recurring / Guests
Candice Thornton ... Charlie's Orchestra (Singer)
Darren English ... Charlie's Orchestra (Trumpet)
Zhivago Hagan ... Charlie's Orchestra (Saxophone)
Chanté Phillips ... Charlie's Orchestra (Drums)
Valentino Europa ... Charlie's Orchestra (Contrabass)
Heinrich Franzs ... Charlie's Orchestra (Singer)
Faith Beukes ... Coco Fortune
Claire Phillips ... Makes
Arthur Minnaar ... Detective Spies (as Capt. Arthur Minnaar)
Ephraim Gordon ... Maanie
Eden Toohey ... Charlie's Orchestra (Singer)
Noel Oostendorp ... Mr. Faure
Janodien Uys ... Young Glenn
Connita Davids ... Young Shireen
Mike Solomon ... Makes' Goon
Ebrahim Kamaar ... Suspect
Adrian Collins ... Heinrich Hoffman
Carlo Daniels ... Herschelle Darries
Asanda Mnukwa ... Gambling House Croupier
Vinita Petrus ... Wedren Manager
Anathi Nkosana ... Waiter
Keenan Herman ... Kurt
Chanél Muller ... Estelle
Veronique Jephtas ... Carmen
Redione Stevens ... Imraan
Andre Samuels ... Pastor Phillips
Marty Kintu ... Ndumiso Khumalo
Tamer Burjaq ... Mr. Ahmed