David Genaro Quits Rhythm City Under Unclear Circumstances
James Bartlett, a South African actor best known for his role as the wicked puppet master, David Genaro quits Rhythm City under unclear circumstances
The series, Rhythm City is aired in many African countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria on eAfrica, a DStv channel 250.
Rhythm City fans will be left heartbroken after news emerged and confirmed that fan favourite, David Genaro, played by Jamie Bartlett is set to leave the show. Genaro’s role in the show comes to an end as he is focussing on other projects. He has been on the show for 13 years. His last episode on the small screen is today 5th of February.
The loud spoken and gangster Genaro will certainly be missed by both his co-stars and legion of fans he had amassed over the years. He is a character you love to hate.
A co-star who preferred not to be named said the show would never be the same without Genaro. “When you say action, he immediately switches from being sweet Jamie to being the mischievous David and I’ll miss him for that.”
Another colleague only had the most positive things to say about the talented Jamie.
“He’s been there since RC started and really captivated his audience. He’s irreplaceable and we’ll truly miss him.”
The Rhythm City team is set to host an exclusive celebration, in honour of the work and impact that Jamie Bartlett has contributed to the show.
His character is that of a mastermind and often people have wondered if he follows script or he just comes up with his own lines.
It is yet to be seen if David Genaro’s exit will affect the show’s ratings. His current script had fans glued onto their tv’s.
This is however not the first time David Genaro has left the show as he was killed a few years ago (2010). He met his fate on Wednesday when his ex-lover, Gina, shot and killed him in cold blood after he married Luccilla, the woman he has been obsessed with, at gunpoint. And returned after a few months due to the show’s low ratings.
On Wednesday February 5, 2020 on the series, Rhythm City David Generous was shot dead by Suffocate and Khulekane with whom he currently has major beef with.
Bartlett’s movie career started with American movies, 1987 action sequel film American Ninja 2 and subsequently the 1993 American Ninja 5 where he acted alongside Michael Dudikoff and Steve James.
Bartlett is a well known and multi faceted South African actor. He started playing his role as David Genaro in 2007. He was the first person to speak in scene 1 on the popular TV series Isidingo as character Mike O’Riley when it was aired on South African television. On the set of Isidingo he acted opposite Hlomla Dandala who acted as Derek Nyathi.
In 1997 he acted in the action MNET movie made for TV- The Sexy Girls. The gang-movie genre showcased the realities of the gangster life in Cape Town.
He also guest stars in the South African, Canadian TV series Jozi-H. The TV series is a hospital drama set in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was also a judge on SA’s got talent alongside Shadow Twala and DJ Fresh.
He also had a supporting role playing Joss in the 2003 romantic drama Beyond Borders, 2004 British film drama Red Dust as Dirk Hendricks, 2007 horror thriller Prey saw Bartlett playing a supportive role as Crawford.
Bartlett starred in the 2010 children’s parable White Lion, alongside fellow South African Best Actor Tony Award Winner John Kani and Thabo Malema. He plays the supporting role of Sergeant James Gregory in the movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom based on the 1994 book Long Walk to Freedom written by former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Most of Bartlett’s theatre work took place at the Market Theatre where he had strong ties during the Apartheid era. The theatre was founded by Mannie Manim and the late Barney Simon in 1976. It was known internationally as South Africa’s “Theatre of the Struggle” and challenged the apartheid regime.