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Bantu Means People

Bantu Means People

Given the once frowned upon history of the word ‘bantu,’ co-host Hugh Masekela introduces SABC2’s newest local comedy show The Bantu Hour with a swift and candidly comedic definition of the expression.


The word ‘Bantu’ is not a derogatory word for black people but is actually an Nguni noun meaning people. BANTU MEANS PEOPLE… all people.


The Bantu Hour presents itself as an unadulterated social satirical comedy and variety show but does more than just offer an evening’s worth of entertainment, it effectively joins South Africans of all religions, races and class types.


The show is an amalgamation of tongue in cheek satire of some very harsh injustices of the past with very real and relevant socio-cultural issues, topics, and movements.

It’s a truly South African show which is not only relatable on most levels but also allows for the opportunity to discuss and understand the multi-faceted face of our country.

A local show that promulgates humour and laughter at a time when South Africa is going through a state of cultural redecoration.


What’s fun about the show, besides for famous guests the likes of Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and HHP and good-old South African music acts such as Tall Ass Mo and Nakhane Toure, is a good mix of modern and old-school banter between hosts Kagiso Lediga and Hugh Masekela.


Like the show’s intro communicates, ‘Bantu’ is about people, made for people to relate, understand, and exchange with other people.


The Bantu Hour is a live multimedia extravaganza which combines a unique mix of hilarious satirical comedy sketches, live musical performances and stand-up comedy.



Catch it every Saturday at 21:00 on SABC2.


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