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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Lawrence Maleka the latest 'pop-out, pop-in peg' presenter for e.tv's revolving door Club 808 Friday evening music show.


The revolving door at e.tv's Club 808 that has become a Red Pepper Productions joke-show keeps spinning faster than a fan in summer with Lawrence Maleka that's the latest new-new newly added presenter replacing the new-new-gone Cyprian Ndlovu.

While even insiders struggle to keep up - let alone viewers who've long ago abandoned the show given its low ratings after disastrous timeslot, date and channel changes from which it's never recovered - the latest two presenters are now Lawrence Maleka and Boity Thulo ... for now.

In response to a media enquiry about the ever-ongoing revolving-door show, e.tv says Cyprian Ndlovu "left Club 808 at the end of July to pursue other opportunities in the entertainment industry and continue his studies".

Earlier this year Lawrence Maleka replaced Bonang Matheba as the presenter of Mzansi Magic's (DStv 161) Clash of the Choirs and will now do the weekly Club 808 for the Red Pepper produced show on e.tv until at least March next year.

The 27-year old will make his first on-screen appearance on Club 808 this Friday, 9 September at 18:00.

In a e.tv statement - devoid of any mention of Cyprian Ndlovu as if he never existed as a part of the e.tv show - Lawrence Maleka says "I'm very excited about joining the e.tv and Club 808 teams. One of my first gigs in the industry was hosting a music show where Boity was a frequent guests, so we go way back."

"Viewers can expect me to do what I always strive to do; the best I can. I hope to use my knowledge of the local music industry to give Club 808 fans the inside track".

Marlon Davids, managing director of e.tv channels division says "Lawrence Maleka has loads of charisma and a very special charm that we, as a channel, are always looking for. We are confident that Lawrence and Boity will work brilliantly together and we are excited to see what they bring to Club 808 as a team."