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Remix - Episode 5

"REMIX"

EPISODE 5

"SOUNDS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT"

WRITTEN BY

Fidel Namisi

7th December 2012

SUMMARY

Tooth reunites the Remix members and manages to lead them to the finals. Meanwhile, King Pin shows up to wreak his vengeance. Lindi makes peace with Titus, and Nails gets the recognition he so sorely craves.

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011 403 1446 (082) 2909093 ACT ONE

           EXT. CHURCH (ESTABLISHING) - DAY

           We are back in our now familiar church.



           INT. TITUS'S OFFICE - DAY

           TIGHT on KIDY. Wiping tears from her eyes.

                               KIDY
                     I used to be such a good girl,
                     moruti. I don't know what happened.

           She rummages through her bag, sniffing. TITUS offers her a
           kleenex from the pack on his table.

                               KIDY (CONT'D)
                     It was Satan. 

            She blows noisily, breaks into a fit of coughing.

                               KIDY (CONT'D)     
                     I spent the whole night crying.
                         (beat, hopeful)
                     I couldn't even eat this morning.

                               TITUS
                     Guilt is a terrible thing my
                     daughter. Terrible thing.

           Kidy chokes back tears, forces another bout of coughing.

                               TITUS  (CONT'D)
                     We are all sinners. True - some of
                     us are bigger sinners than others
                     but--

           She sobs, clears her throat loud and long. 

                               KIDY
                         (hoarse from crying)
                     Water. Some water please, moruti.

                               TITUS
                     I'll get some tea.

           He leaves. At the sound of door slamming SHUT, Kidy's head
           snaps up. The facade drops. 

           She's a woman on a mission. Machine-like, she crosses over to
           the filing cabinet. Rifles through it. 

           Come on-- Come on--

           BINGO! She's found it. She holds up a file, glances at the
           first page. 

           CLOSE ON TOOTH'S MUGSHOT.

           She slams the cabinet shut and crosses back to her seat.
           Mission accomplished. And it's just in time as the door opens
           and --

                               TITUS (CONT'D)
                     Sam will bring it shortly.

           He sits on the edge of the table. Kidy hides her face in her
           kleenex.

                               TITUS (CONT'D)  
                     As I was saying, evil is not the
                     answer child.

                               KIDY
                     Yes, moruti. Of course.

           Kidy blows hard into the kleenex, covers her face to hide the
           glint in her eye. 



           EXT. TARYN'S APARTMENT HALLWAY - DAY

           We are outside Taryn's apartment door. It opens to reveal--

                               TARYN   
                     What do you want?

           And the unceremonious greeting is reserved for none other
           than --

                               TOOTH  
                     I need to ask you something. 
                         (beat)
                     Can I come in?

                               TARYN  
                     Sorry. We have a strict policy
                     against criminals, pirates and
                     gintsas in this building.

           She wheels around. TOOTH sticks his foot in the door.

                               TOOTH  
                     Nine-nine I deserve that. All I
                     need is a minute. That's all.

           TARYN considers this.

                               TOOTH (CONT'D)
                     I won't even dirty your chairs by
                     sitting.

           He cracks a hopeful grin - the million dollar smile. ON
           Taryn. Deadpan. She turns around and walks back in, leaving
           the door open. Tooth follows.



           INT. CHURCH KITCHEN - DAY

           LINDI lugs in some plastic bags full of groceries. Starts
           packing them away.

                               TITUS   
                     How's school?

           Lindi tenses. She turns to face him. 

                               LINDI  
                     Fine.
                         (beat)
                     Thanks.

           TITUS takes one of the grocery bags, starts unpacking.

                               TITUS  
                     We'll organize a new group of
                     volunteers soon. I don't like you
                     missing school to help out here.

                               LINDI  
                     I was free this morning.

                               TITUS  
                     Then you should be studying.

           Lindi knows an argument's coming. She falls silent. Carries
           on packing things away. Titus lets it go and continues to why
           he's here.

                               TITUS   (CONT'D)
                     I made a mistake about Tooth.

           Lindi pauses. Let this hang there for a beat. 

                               TITUS (CONT'D)
                     Kidy was here just now.
                         (beat, still hard for him)
                     She was lying.

           ON LINDI. Did she hear right?

                               LINDI  
                     She's not pregnant?

           Titus shakes his head.

                               TITUS  
                     No. She just wanted money.

           Lindi sobs. Everything that she's been through. The betrayal.
           The pain. The loss. All of it comes out. She chokes back the
           tears. Titus puts an arm on her shoulder. 

                               TITUS (CONT'D)
                     Come home Lindi. Everything will be
                     just fine if you come home.

           Talk about bad timing. Lindi can't handle this right now. She
           walks out. OUT ON Titus. Troubled. Not sure what the next
           step is now.

                                   END ACT ONE

                                     ACT TWO



           INT. RADIO STATION - DAY

           On-air music plays in the background. MPHO, the hip, leather
           jacketed and faded jeans radio presenter, and TOOTH, are at
           the booth. TARYN is seated off mic, thumbs flying all over
           her phone. 

                               TARYN
                     You owe me big time for this Tooth.
                     If you say anything dumb and I get
                     fired I swear I'll --

                               TOOTH  
                     Auska-worry sis. Just make sure
                     everyone's listening.

                               TARYN
                     And it looks like I'm doing what? 

                               MPHO  
                     And we're back on in five--four--

           He mimes three--two--one. He cues up the mics.

                               MPHO (CONT'D)
                         (into mic)
                     You're listening to the pulse of
                     Orlando East, keeping it real for
                     amajitas e'Ndofaya. We're back in
                     studio with artist Tooth, from the
                     kwaito duo Tooth and Nails.
                         (beat)
                     So Tooth. You told us how you were
                     busted pirating your own music and
                     how you had to do community service
                     for it. But the journey didn't end
                     there?

                               TOOTH 
                         (into mic )
                     Sho Mpho, it didn't. I had the
                     chance to work with the best talent
                     ko- Youth Harvest. But then I
                     messed up again. Story of my life
                     mfowethu.



           EXT. CAR WASH - DAY

           LUNGI'S watching his car getting washed. The doors are open .
           The radio is on. 

                               TOOTH
                         (on the radio)
                     I got greedy.
                     And I tried to take some short
                     cuts. And without realizing it I
                     ended up using my friends. 

           Lungi looks off. This resonates with him. 

                               TOOTH (PRE-LAP) (CONT'D)
                         (on the radio)
                     It was a stupid plan.



           INT. RADIO STATION - DAY

                               TOOTH
                         (into mic)
                     I recorded all the songs we were
                     prepping, and I was going to make
                     ama-cd and sell them undercover.
                     Mara I got busted ukugera. 

                                  MPHO
                     Caught red-handed. 

                               TOOTH
                     Big time. Grand grand I deserved
                     it.



           INT. TARYN'S APARTMENT, KITCHEN - DAY

           LINDI leaning on the counter, chewing a sandwich. Her
           cellphone is on, tuned into the radio station.

                               TOOTH (V.O.)
                     But why I came on air is because I
                     want Remix, and all the guys ko
                     kasi and the whole world to hear me
                     say hade. I didn't mean to mess it
                     up for everyone. 

           Lindi hangs on every word he says.

                               TOOTH (PRE-LAP)
                         (on the radio)
                     And majitas. If you're listening--



           INT. FANCY CAR - DAY

           THEMBI and NIKI are in NIKI'S CAR. Engulfed by shopping bags.
           Niki turns up the volume on the radio.

                               TOOTH (V.O.)
                     --I'd just like to ask for a second
                     chance. Coz you guys are the best
                     people I've ever worked with.

           Niki and Thembi look at each other.  They make 'aaah' motions
           with their mouths. 

                               TOOTH (PRE-LAP)
                         (on the radio)
                     And I know that--



           INT. RADIO STATION - DAY

                               TOOTH
                         (into mic)
                     -- I don't deserve to have a team
                     like you guys. But if you can find
                     it in your hearts... to forgive me. 

           The silence hangs there for a beat. MPHO recovers.

                               MPHO
                     Sho mfethu. And that's our AM drive
                     feature for today bafwethu.
                         (beat)
                     Let us know what you think. Should
                     Remix forgive Tooth and get back
                     together, or should they go their
                     separate ways. The number is three
                     four zero nine six. Smses charged
                     at one rand fifty. Three four zero
                     nine six. Let us know what you
                     think. 

           He cues up the music. As it fills the room--

                               NAILS (PRE-LAP)
                     It's just like him.



           INT. PASTOR JEFF'S OFFICE - DAY

           PASTOR JEFF turns off his old school stereo. He looks up at
           SAM and NAILS.

                               NAILS
                     Pulling a stunt like this.

                               PASTOR JEFF
                     Do not step on the crushed reed
                     Nails.

           OFF Nail's puzzled look.

                               PASTOR JEFF  (CONT'D)
                     Your brother has stooped to
                     conquer. Do likewise.

           Pastor Jeff regards them for a beat, to let the message sink
           in. And leaves. Sam takes out his phone. It's a no brainer
           for him.

                               SAM  
                         (rattling as he types)
                     Technically, if they didn't include
                     VAT in these SMS costs, we'd be
                     paying like one rand twenty. Plus
                     VAT it comes one rand thirty six
                     cents. But then they round it up
                     coz who's going to pay thirty six
                     cents?

           Nails isn't listening. He takes out his phone. Stares at it.
           It's a tough decision.



           INT. RADIO STATION - DAY

           MPHO stands and leaves TOOTH and TARYN alone. Taryn is
           impossible to read. 



           EXT. KING PIN'S WAREHOUSE (ESTABLISHING) - DAY

           We are outside a warehouse or godown of some sort.



           INT. KING PIN'S WAREHOUSE - DAY

           TWO WORKMEN, in BLUE OVERALLS, one in a BLUE CAP and another
           in a BEANIE, stacking up boxes. 

           PICK UP AND FOLLOW KING PIN as he walks past them, KIDY in
           tow.

                               KING PIN   
                     What makes you think I'll pay for
                     it? 

                               KIDY   
                     Coz you want it.
                         (beat, plaintive)
                     And I need the money.

                               KING PIN  
                     All my money's tied up here Kidy. I
                     need to pay for more workers.

           Kidy pulls the file out of her bag.

                               KIDY  
                     I'm cheap.

                               KING PIN
                     I know.

           She hands him the file. King Pin glances over it casually.

                               KIDY  
                     Two hundred. I can't go lower.

           King Pin's eyes pause. And linger for a second on something.
           His resumes his tone, even more nonchalant and dismissive.

                               KING PIN  
                     There's nothing here I don't know
                     already. A clipper. Final offer.
                     Take it or leave it.

           Kidy snatches back the file. 

                               KING PIN (CONT'D)  
                     What use is it to you?

           Kidy hesitates. King Pin grins. He knows he's got her.



           INT. CHURCH AUDITORIUM - DAY

           LUNGI, TARYN, LINDI, NIKI, THEMBI, PASTOR JEFF AND TITUS face
           off with TOOTH and SAM.

                               TARYN      
                     Three hundred and eleven people
                     voted. Only one was against.

           Titus coughs.

                               NIKI
                     So we must just start afresh as if
                     you didn't try to rob us?

           Tooth rummages in his back-pack, takes out a CD.

                               TOOTH   
                     This is it. This is everything. I
                     don't have another copy anywhere.
                     It's yours.

           They stare at the CD in his hands. No one moves. 

           Pastor Jeff steps forward and takes the CD.

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     That takes guts Tooth. Thank you.

           He gives the CD over to Nails.

                               PASTOR JEFF (CONT'D)
                     You have one week till the
                     regionals. If I were you, I'd stop
                     talking and start rehearsals
                     because we are competing for only
                     one spot at Nationals.

           The REMIX members trade glances. Lindi gives in.

                               LINDI
                     Forgive and forget guys.

                               TARYN 
                     This is your last chance Tooth.

           And with that the tension is lifted. They all unwind. Tooth
           eases - the storm is over.

                               TOOTH
                     Okay then. Let's get started.
                     Nails? What do you have for us? I
                     was thinking maybe--

                               KING PIN  
                         (O.S.)
                     Wow? So this is that Remix what
                     what, hey?

           They turn towards the entrance to see--

           KING PIN. Striding in. Like a boss.

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     Brother Nkosi. It's been--  

                               KING PIN  
                     A year. Been busy. Trying to keep
                     honest.
                         (for Tooth's benefit)
                     Unlike some people.

                               TOOTH   
                     Hey wena. I just confessed on
                     radio. I don't have any more
                     secrets.

                               KING PIN  
                     Then explain this.

           He holds up the file. 

                               TITUS  
                     How did you get that?

           Titus looks around at the pairs of eyes asking him questions.

                               KING PIN
                         (re: Tooth)
                     From his beloved girlfriend. You
                     need to be more careful who you let
                     into your office moruti.
                         (beat, ominously)
                     So, it seems that our boy here
                     hasn't completed his community
                     service.

                               TOOTH  
                     That's a lie!

                               KING PIN  
                     Check it yourself. That is your
                     hand writing Pastor?

           Titus glances at the file. Gulps hard. 

                               KING PIN (CONT'D)  
                     While your friends were busy
                     working, you were running around
                     doing your own thing. 
                         (beat)
                     You've completed thirty five out of
                     fifty hours.

           ON Tooth. Sweating. A cornered animal. He senses what's
           coming. King Pin grabs the file back from Titus.

                               KING PIN (CONT'D)  
                     According to --your file-- you were
                     supposed to finish your hours last
                     week otherwise...
                         (reads)
                     Criminal proceedings may be
                     initiated. 
                         (to Jeff and Titus,
                          threatening)
                     Why wasn't this reported? You were
                     accomplices in this. If the
                     department found out about this
                     they could shut down this whole
                     thing. Imagine the scandal.
                         (beat)
                     I don't know if the Praise and
                     Worship Competition board would 
                     want to be associated with a church
                     that's in the papers for all the
                     wrong reasons.

                               PASTOR JEFF
                     What do you want?

           King Pin grins at Tooth.

                               KING PIN   
                     I want my money and equipment back. 

                               TOOTH
                     You can take the equipment. But I
                     don't have any money.

                               KING PIN
                     Then you'll work for me. I need
                     workers at my warehouse. No pay.
                     You can work off the rest of your
                     hours there.

                               TOOTH 
                     Work for you? Never.

                               KING PIN  
                     Otherwise I go to the Department
                     and I go to the newspapers.
                         (beat)
                     I hope the Praise and Worship
                     people will let a church that's
                     being investigated compete. It will
                     do so much for their image.

           He eyes each of them in turn. The man is not kidding.

           ON Tooth. Mind spinning. He looks around the room. Looks at
           the effort. The sacrifices that have been made. He decides.
                               END ACT TWO
                                ACT THREE



           INT. KING PIN'S WAREHOUSE - DAY

           TOOTH, in blue overalls, stacks boxes inside the warehouse.
           KING PIN is seated some way off away from him. In a camping
           chair. Buried beneath a soccer magazine. Feet up. A beer at
           his side 

           Tooth takes one look at King Pin. He registers a mixture of
           despondency and disgust.

           His phone rings.

                               VOICE (V.O.)
                     Tooth! Where the hell are you?

                               TOOTH 
                         (harsh whisper into phone)
                     I just got held up but I'm --

                               VOICE (V.O.)
                     I'm sick and tired of your stories
                     man. Vukani's not in today. Get
                     here in thirty minutes or else.

                               TOOTH
                     I'll try.

                               VOICE (V.O.)
                     What?

           King Pin looks up. Tooth turns away, shielding the phone.

                               TOOTH
                     I said I'll do my best.

                               VOICE (V.O.
                     You're best's not good enough.
                     You're fired. You hear me? F-A-Y-A
                     D.

           The line goes dead. Tooth stares at the phone.

                               KING PIN
                     Hey! You! Back to work!

           Tooth breathes hard. Temper mounting. He swallows back his
           anger, picks up another box. This is bullshit.



           INT. CHURCH AUDITORIUM - DAY

           REMIX are seated on the stage, each with a song sheet in
           hand. NAILS is facing them.

                               NAILS  
                     So I guess the first thing we need
                     to decide is who's going to sing
                     lead.

           He looks around. No takers.

                               NAILS (CONT'D)  
                     Lindi.

                               LINDI  
                     I think Taryn should sing lead.

           And that takes everyone by surprise.

                               TARYN  
                     What?

                               LINDI  
                     You've worked so hard for this
                     sana. I can't take that away from
                     you. You sing lead.

           Taryn takes a second to understand this. She knows how much
           this means to Lindi. She blinks back tears. Lindi hugs her.

                               TARYN  
                     Thanks friend.

                               LINDI  
                     You deserve it sana.

                               NIKI  
                     Okay. So like this is awkward.

                               LUNGI
                         (re: Nails)
                     And I guess you'll sing lead?

           Nails regards Lungi for a second.

                               NAILS  
                     No.
                         (beat)
                     You will.

           Lungi is caught off guard. He didn't expect this.

                               LUNGI  
                     Wait? But I -- aren't we--

                               NAILS  
                     Aren't we what?

                               LUNGI  
                     I just thought coz--

                               NAILS  
                     You're the best tenor here Lungi.
                     This isn't about me. 

           There it is. Nails has done what is so hard for Lungi to do,
           to let someone else shine. Lungi nods. He's gotten the point.

                               NAILS  (CONT'D)
                     Okay. We're supposed to prepare at
                     least five songs. Three minutes
                     each. 

           And as we leave Nails handing out more song sheets we..

                                                            CUT TO:



           INT. KING PIN'S WAREHOUSE - DAY

           TOOTH grabbing a stack of boxes. Tries to lift them off the
           ground. Too heavy. He tries again.

           BEANIE and BLUE CAP are sprawled some feet away, sipping
           mageus, bored.

           KING PIN walks in.

                               KING PIN
                     Hey! There's been a dead dog
                     outside our gate for a week. Which
                     one you drunks ran over it.

                               BLUE CAP
                     You know we don't drive moes.

                               KING PIN
                     So you just left it there? You
                     don't care what customers will
                     think?

           Blue Cap and Beanie exchange a look. Nope. They don't.

                               KING PIN  (CONT'D)
                     Get rid of it. It's stinking!

           Blue Cap and Beanie don't stir.

                               BEANIE  
                     We're on break.

           King Pin zeroes in on Tooth.

                               KING PIN  
                     Tooth. Get moving.

           Tooth can't believe his ears.

                               TOOTH  
                     But these guys are just--

                               KING PIN  
                     Move!

           Tooth drops the boxes and storms out, annoyed. King Pin
           follows. Blue Cap and Beanie snigger. They're enjoying this.



           INT. CHURCH AUDITORIUM - DAY

           We're at the tail end of a rehearsal.

                               NAILS   
                     I think we're ready guys.

           He jots down on a notepad.

                               NAILS   (CONT'D)
                     Joko Ea Hao, My God is Good, Ka
                     Thapelo, Uphakeme Bayede and Maye.
                     That's our five.

           He looks at the faces starting back at him. Total dismay and
           disillusionment.

                               NAILS   (CONT'D)
                     Bafwethu. Is this a praise and
                     worship team or a funeral
                     procession?

           Lindi plonks down on the stage.

                               LINDI
                     We need Tooth.
                         (beat, glances at Nails)
                     No offence.

                               SAM  
                     But actually Tooth missed a whole
                     ton of rehearsals.

                               LINDI 
                     I also did. But that doesn't mean
                     that we must just go without him.

                               LUNGI  
                     But the dude made his choice.

                               NIKI  
                     It was coz he didnt want to mess up
                     things for us Lungi. 

                               TARYN  
                     I say we stay focused and we move
                     on. A whole lot of this was his
                     fault.

                               THEMBI  
                     And this was also his idea.
                         (beat)
                     Remix was Tooth's idea guys. 

                               LINDI
                     Thembi's right.

                               TARYN  
                     It doesn't matter if she's right.
                     Tooth's gone and we can't get him
                     back.

                               THEMBI  
                     I know. I was just saying.

                               NAILS  
                     Maybe there is a way guys.

                               TARYN  
                     Let me guess. You want us to kidnap
                     him, and make him disappear until
                     the day of the competition.

                                NIKI
                     That's a crime, Taryn. We can't do
                     that.

           Nails's mind is elsewhere. Coming up with something.

                               NIKI (CONT'D)
                     Nails? That's a felony.

           Nails looks up. 

                               NAILS   
                     Guys. I have an idea. You won't
                     like it, but it may get us Tooth
                     back.

           The REMIX members exchange quizzical looks.



           INT. KING PIN'S WAREHOUSE - DAY

           TOOTH sprawled on his back, wearing an odd smile. BEANIE and
           BLUE CAP are piling boxes, noses cringed.

                               BEANIE
                     Bafwethu. Please bafwethu. Change
                     your clothes.

                               BLUE CAP
                     Or shower or something.

           Tooth grins.

                               TOOTH
                     I'm on break.

           The door swings opens to reveal --

                               NAILS   
                     Ekse! Tooth ma Tooth.

                               TOOTH  
                     Nails.

           He's followed by LUNGI, LINDI, TARYN, NIKI, SAM and THEMBI.
           KING PIN strolls in.

                               TOOTH   (CONT'D)
                     Ekse majitas. What are you guys
                     doing here.

                               KING PIN  
                     You're free to go Tooth.

                               TOOTH  
                     Eh? Free..What? But...

           King Pin holds up a couple of CDs, a smile on his face. ON
           Tooth. Realization sets in.

                               TOOTH   (CONT'D)
                     No way guys. Mara we worked so hard
                     for this.

                               LINDI  
                     But it's useless if you're not with
                     us at the competition.

           Tooth takes this in. He doesn't quite know how to react.
           Nails pats him on the back.

                               NAILS
                     Auska worry son. We'll make many
                     more tracks together.

           If Tooth were the teary sort of guy he might just cry.

                               TOOTH
                     Thanks guys.

                               KING PIN
                     Pack your things and get out of
                     here.

           Beat. He sniffs the air.

                                 
                     What's that smell?

           Tooth snaps out of his reverie. Makes quick.

                               TOOTH  
                     Let's get out of here.

           He leads the way out.

                               NIKI  
                     That was quick.

                               TOOTH  
                     Don't ask. 

           He breaks into a run.

                               KING PIN (O.S.)
                     What's that smell?

                               BLUE CAP
                     It was that guy stinking up the
                     place.

                               KING PIN
                     Not it's not. It's that box. Open
                     it...

           Beat. FOLLOW the REMIX members making a quick exit.

                               KING PIN (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         (enraged)
                     Hey wena! Tooth. Come back here.
                     Toooooooooth!!



           EXT. THEATRE (ESTABLISHING) - DAY

           We are outside a theatre. The glass doors covered in posters.
           Upright roll-up banners stand on opposite sides of the door.

           "SA PRAISE AND WORSHIP REGIONAL QUALIFIERS".

           Faint applause and cheers emanate from within. We follow the
           sound to --



           INT. THEATRE - DAY

           The stage has been transformed from a bare theatrical space
           to a full-on "Idols-esque" band stand. Banners hang from the
           trusses. Multi-coloured lights play against the colorful
           backdrop.

           Even though the auditorium is only half-full of people
           (because these are qualifiers, not finals) they are making
           enough noise to fill a stadium. And they are cheering--

           A GROUP BOWING ON STAGE.

           We've caught the denoument of their performance. 

           The PRESENTER, TUMI, a gorgeous woman in a breathtaking
           dress, prances in stage left.

                               TUMI
                     Ladies and gents, give it up for
                     Newborn.

           She turns to the GROUP LEADER, a young man (mid-twenties) in
           an oversized suit.

                               PRESENTER
                     Tell us, what inspired your song
                     choice.

                               GROUP LEADER
                         (nervous)
                     Well, Tumi. We were inspired by
                     having gone through betrayals by
                     people that we love, and then we
                     realized that the Lord Jesus is the
                     one person who'll never betray us.

                               TUMI
                     Wow! And I felt it coming through
                     your performance. Judges, what's
                     your take?

           For the first time we notice a raised dais at the centre of
           the front row, where the THREE JUDGES sit. A middle aged
           black hipster - ANDILE, a black, OLD SCHOOL guy in a suit,
           BRA ZAKES, and a forty-ish black woman -- BUSI -- who would
           come across as attractive if she wasn't so stern. 

                               ANDILE
                     For me personally. I could see you
                     guys have rehearsed. You've put a
                     lot of time and work into your
                     piece. And as far as I'm concerned,
                     you guys deserve to move to the
                     next round. 
                         (turns to Busi)
                     Busi?

           But never find out what Busi because we --

                                                            CUT TO:



           INT. THEATRE BACKSTAGE - DAY

           A GROUP comprising of six youthful artistes, THREE GUYS and
           THREE GIRLS, stand waiting on the wings. Ready. They show a
           sense of calm poise and preparedness. Professional. They are--

           ANOINTED VOCALS (our faithful viewers will remember them from
           Episode one). 

           LUNGI, TARYN, LINDI, THEMBI, NIKI, NAILS AND TOOTH are
           watching them from further down the corridor.

                               NIKI   
                     They think they're all that.

                               THEMBI  
                     With a tenor like that guy, so
                     would I chomi.

                               SOPRANO DIVA  
                     Excuse me.

           SOPRANO DIVA (from Episode one) pushes past them. FOLLOW her
           as she squeezes past the REMIX members, and stay on their
           stupefied faces.

                               NAILS   
                     Yaasas, how can they allow her to
                     sing?

           SAM rapidly crosses himself.

                               NIKI  
                     Chill bhuti. If she's all that, why
                     would she be singing with a small
                     group.

                               LUNGI  
                     Anointed Vocals ain't small guys.

                               TARYN  
                     Shut up, they're going on stage.

           They look on as--

                               TUMI (O.S.)
                     Please welcome to the stage--
                         (beat, razzmatazz)
                     Anointed Vocals.

           Muted applause filters in. The REMIX members register
           despair.

                               THEMBI   
                     Yo, bathong. We're going in after
                     them.

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     If you think positive, you'll be
                     positive.

           They wheel around to find--

                               PASTOR JEFF   (CONT'D)
                     Sorry I'm late. Came back here to
                     wish you all good luck.

                               LINDI  
                     Did my--

           Jeff's eyes answer her question. He feels the need to soften
           the blow.

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     He said to wish you good luck. He
                     got held up at Church and--

                               TARYN   
                     Hush...

           Jeff wraps a supporting arm around Lindi's shoulder. At least
           he came, right?

                                                            CUT TO:



           INT. THEATRE STAGE - DAY

           ANOINTED VOCALS is lined up on the stage. 

           The lights dim. Spotlights focus on the LEAD TENOR and the
           SOPRANO DIVA.

           Lead Tenor opens on a soulful, powerful note. Soprano Diva
           blends in. It's ovewhelming and uplifting.

           And just when we think this is going to be a two-person show--

           The rest of Anointed Vocals JOINS in. It's only seven of them
           on stage, but man, can they sing. The harmony is other
           worldly. Their slow, rhythmic dancing is solemn and moving. 

           Soprano Diva sings a solo verse that climaxes in a piercing
           high note. The audience is eating out of her hands by now.

           And they end the song. 

           They're too cool to bow. It's obvious that they have set the
           bar high, and whoever comes next is in some serious trouble. 

                                                            CUT TO:



           INT. THEATRE BACKSTAGE - DAY

           Disbelief on the faces of REMIX.

                               NIKI  
                     Shit.

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     In these circumstances, Nikiwe.
                     I'll let you get away with that.

                               TOOTH  
                     Chila bafwethu. We can do this. 

                               NAILS  
                     Let's start with Joko Ea Hao.

           Tooth regards Nails for a second. This is an inversion of
           roles. Tooth senses what he has to do. 

                               TOOTH   
                     Good idea. Everyone ready?

           Nods.

                               TUMI (O.S.)
                     Let's welcome onto the stage
                         (beat)
                     Remix...

                               THEMBI  
                     Lungi, relax. Deep breath. 

                               LUNGI  
                     Deep breath? Ain't nobody got time
                     for that. Let's go.

           They stride out onto the stage, masking their fear and lack
           of confidence in a false assuredness.



           INT. THEATRE STAGE - DAY

           REMIX stands assembled on stage. TOOTH takes a step forward,
           bows to the judges and whips around to face his team.

           He gives Taryn a reassuring nod and --

           TARYN LEADS THEM IN THEIR PERFORMANCE of "Joko Ea Hao".

           It's upbeat and funky. An unexpected take on an old school
           classic.

           Within moments, the crowd is swaying from side to side,
           enjoying the singing, the dancing, the entire spectacle of a
           well-jacked musical machine.

           Giving them something new.

           PAN across the faces of the Remix members, enjoying
           themselves. Embracing the satisfaction of knowing that this
           is a job well done.

           They wind up their performance in a soft decrescendo.
           Stylish. Very stylish.

           The audience BREAKS into rupturous applause. Settle on the
           beaming faces of our singers. Their confidence is restored.
           They'd better be going through to the next round because now--

           THEY FINALLY BELIEVE THEY CAN DO THIS. 

           TUMI waltzes in from the wings.

                               TUMI
                     I think there won't be much debate
                     about that performance, right?

           A chorus of "No's" and cheers from the crowd.

                               TUMI  (CONT'D)
                     Judges? What do you have to say?

                               ANDILE 
                     That was totally unexpected. I'm
                     totally blown away. 

                               BUSI   
                     It's not often that one sees such a
                     level of creativity and spontaneity
                     in a performance. Well done, all of
                     you.

           The REMIX members exchange smiles. They're through!

                               BRA ZAKES   
                     I'd just like to add something.

           The tone of his voice warns them that there's a storm-a
           coming.

                               BRA ZAKES  (CONT'D)
                     Even though you guys are very
                     professional. And very polished. It
                     seems clear to me that you are not
                     quite there yet.

           Beat. The Remix member's don't quite know what to make of
           this. Bra Zakes continues off Tooth's quizzical gaze.

                               BRA ZAKES   (CONT'D)
                     Praise and Worship isn't just about
                     singing and dancing. It's got to
                     come from inside. From your life of
                     faith and prayer. Otherwise it
                     would just be a concert.

           Gulp! They didn't see that one coming. And they've got no
           comeback whatsover. Bra Zakes has seen through what they
           themselves had never realized.

                               BRA ZAKES  (CONT'D)
                     So even though you're through to
                     the next round, I'd have to ask you
                     guys to really dig deep and give us
                     something we can believe. Thank
                     you.

           That hangs there for a beat before Remix are jolted back to
           reality by--

                               TUMI  
                     Let's welcome onto the stage with a
                     warm round of applause Gospel
                     Adrenaline!

           And Tooth hurries off the stage, followed by his teammates. 
                               END ACT THREE

                                 ACT FOUR



           INT. BACKSTAGE REHEARSAL ROOM - DAY

           The REMIX members congregate in the green room.

                               SAM  
                     See? I told you guys to come to
                     church.

                               NIKI  
                     Duh. Like we've been somewhere else
                     every afternoon for the last month?

           Lungi sits in a corner.

                               LUNGI  
                     I can't believe this. I've come too
                     far for this.

                               LINDI  
                     We've all come too far for this.

           PASTOR JEFF walks in.

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     Idle words will get you nowhere.
                         (beat, continues)
                     You need to humble yourselves, go
                     down on your knees and pray.   

                               LUNGI  
                     These are new Levis.

           Jeff ignores him.

                               PASTOR JEFF   
                     Who do you think gave you your
                     ability to sing?

                                 SAM
                     Well, genetically speaking, it came
                     from--

           Taryn gives him a sharp poke in the ribs. Shut up!

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     You all got your talents from
                     above. And to whom much is given,
                     much will be demanded of.

           Beat. The mood is pensive as they process this sentiment that
           they had forgotten about along the way.

                               PASTOR JEFF (CONT'D) 
                     And that's what the judges want.
                     They want you all to look deep
                     inside your hearts and remember the
                     real reason for praise and worship.
                         (beat)
                     And it's got nothing to do with
                     trophies and competitions.

           The message hits home. Silence for a beat until--

                               NAILS   
                     Tooth, mfowethu. You should lead us
                     in a word of prayer.

           Tooth looks up, surprised. Why him?

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     I think so too.

                               TARYN  
                     But not like last time man, please.

           Tooth weighs this. He searches for the words. Sees the eyes
           focused on him.  

                               TOOTH  
                     Let us pray.

           He clears his throat. Everyone bows their heads.

                               TOOTH (CONT'D)   
                     Modimo. In the book of Genesis you
                     said you created human beings to
                     work.

           Stares of surprise and shock all around. CLOSE ON Lindi. She
           can't believe Tooth reads the Bible. Tooth continues,
           immersed in the realness of the moment.

                               TOOTH (CONT'D)  
                     Modimo. This is our span here. And
                     we want to do it well. For your
                     glory.
                         (beat, about to continue
                          but)
                     Amen.

           A chorus of hesitant "Amens" from the other.

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     Amen.
                         (beat, grins)
                     I have to say, that's the best damn
                     prayer I've ever heard in my life.

                               SAM  
                     Moruti! You cursed.

           Jeff doesn't care. He gives Tooth a fatherly pat on the back.
           The young man has finally got it. 

           OUT on Tooth. Serious. Thoughtful. A moment of epiphany as he
           finally understands his purpose in life. A hand links up with
           his. 

           He looks up to find Lindi smiling at him. 



           INT. THEATRE STAGE - DAY

           MONTAGE

           QUICK CUTS between different groups singing on stage.

           -- Trios. Quartets. Quintets.

           -- REMIX performing. They're ROCKING the stage.

           -- THE JUDGES. Beaming. Giving them nods of approval. 

           --REMIX. Singing like they mean it. Like it's coming from
           within.

           --APPLAUSE. The audience is on its feet. 

           --REMIX beam their thanks and walk off stage as TUMI confers
           with the judges.

                                                            CUT TO:
           INT. THEATRE STAGE - DAY

           TUMI catwalks onto the stage.  

           CLOSE on REMIX seated in the middle rows, on the edge of
           their seats. In the row behind them, ANOINTED VOCALS. This is
           it. The moment of judgement.

           ON Tumi. On the stage.

                               TUMI   
                     On behalf of the National Praise
                     and Worship competition team, the
                     judges and our sponsors, we'd like
                     to thank all the groups that have
                     given us such a spectacular
                     performance today.

           WHOOPS and YELLS from the house. Someone screams "TUMI we
           love you." Tumi laughs it off. Yes, she gets this all the
           time.

                               TUMI (CONT'D)  
                     And now, the final scores. After
                     the round competition, the two
                     teams that will compete for the one
                     spot in the National finals will be
                     decided by a simple tally of
                     points.

           She pulls out a paper. The audience grows silent. Air
           dripping with expectation.

           She unfolds the paper.

                               TUMI (CONT'D)   
                     In eighth position. With twenty
                     points.
                         (beat)
                     Zion Melody.

           ARRGH! The ZION MELODY team is not at all impressed. 

                               TUMI
                     Seventh. With twenty eight points.
                     Heavenly Cadence. Sixth. With
                     thirty four points. Prophecy. In
                     fifth position. With thirty nine
                     points. Joyful Noise.
                         (beat)
                     Fourth. With forty two points. 
                          (beat, wait for it)
                     Newborn.

           REMIX and ANOINTED VOCALS stir in excitement. The finish line
           is close. 

           LINDI starts a hand-holding-chain in the row. 

           ON TUMI.

                               TUMI   
                     Third. With forty four points.
                          (beat, keeps them waiting
                          for it)
                     Third. Is. Choirs of Angels.

           REMIX leap out of their seats with screams of delight. Hugs.
           Pats on the back. Tears. 

           They're through to the finals.

           ANOINTED VOCALS behind them exchange cordial handshakes and
           warm smiles. They'd been expecting this. They're so smug it
           hurts.

           CHOIRS OF ANGELS give each other sad embraces and nods. At
           least they came third.

           ON TUMI. Eyes widening.

                               TUMI (CONT'D)  
                     But...But..in a totally unexpected
                     result.

           REMIX quieten down. What now?

                               TUMI (CONT'D)   
                     Anointed Vocals comes second with
                     forty five points. And 
                          (screaming)
                     New Kids on the block - Remix -
                     come first with forty six points.
                     It's Remix and Anointed Vocals to
                     battle it out for the single spot
                     in the National Competition.

           CLOSE ON Anointed Vocals. Confused. Did they hear that right?

           ON REMIX. In silent disbelief.

                               TITUS  
                     I knew you would beat them.

           TITUS comes up behind them.

                               LINDI  
                     Papa.

           He gives Lindi a hug. Lindi springs into his hands --a little
           girl.

                               LINDI  
                     Moruti Jeff said you were too busy
                     to--

                               TITUS  
                     I'm never too busy for my girl.

                               LINDI  
                     You were here all the time?

                               TITUS  
                     I never missed a single song.
                          (beat, quiet)
                     You sounded just like your mother.

           And for the first time in a long while Lindi smiles at her
           father.

                               TITUS  
                     I'm sorry. For everything.

           She hugs him tighter. The gap between father and daughter has
           been bridged. All is forgiven. 

           The REMIX members look on, respecting the intimacy of moment.



           INT. BACKSTAGE REHEARSAL ROOM - DAY

           And we're back in the rehearsal room.

                               LUNGI
                     I've got it. "Yahweh". 

                               TARYN  
                     You only want to sing that because
                     of the solo at the end.

                               LUNGI  
                     Yeah. So?

           TARYN levels him with her stare. How can he be so selfish at  
           a time like this?

                               NIKI  
                     We could do "Rivers of Zion".

                               THEMBI  
                     That's a great idea, choma. We
                     could add that dance we did to
                     spice it up nyana.

           She demonstrates.

                               NAILS   
                     Thembi, we are performing in front
                     of morutis.

                               THEMBI  
                     Yeah. So? They're men...

           TOOTH looks up.

                               TOOTH  
                     We're going to sing "Praise Him."

           Nails face lights up.

                               NAILS  
                     We'll nail "Praise Him."

                               TOOTH  
                     You remember the dance moves right?

           NIKI nods, illustrates the simple moves.

                               NIKI  
                     One two. Turn turn. Step back.
                     Forward. Turn.

           THEMBI and LINDI join in.

                               TARYN   
                     There's only one problem.

           They turn to face her. What now?

                               TARYN (CONT'D)  
                     I only sang that song once,
                     remember guys?

                               SAM  
                     Yes. With Rebecca.

           Now this is a whole new problem that they hadn't thought
           about. Silence for a beat.

                               TARYN 
                         (re: Lindi)
                     But Lindi knows that song in her
                     sleep.

           She nods at Lindi. Lindi is caught unawares.

                               LINDI  
                     But--you're lead.

                               TARYN  
                     You gave me a chance, chomie,
                     remember? Now it's my turn.

           Lindi takes a moment to consider this. All the eyes around
           the room are wishing her to do it. She breaks into a smile.
           Humbled. Tooth is reinvigorated.

                               TOOTH  
                     Okay. That's settled. Majitas, are
                     we ready to do this?

           He moves to the middle of the room. Stretches out his hand.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Remix. On three.

           The rest gather round him, join hands for a group shake.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     One two three...

           All together now-- "REMIX".

                               SAM  
                     Let's make it stink!

           Taryn claps him over the head. 

                                                            CUT TO:



           INT. THEATRE STAGE - DAY

           ANOINTED VOCALS on the stage. 

           The auditorium is silent. Lights are dimmed.

           PAN ACROSS the taut faces of the REMIX members, watching from
           the wings. The strain is palpable.

                               TARYN  
                     Why do the flippin judges always
                     let them go first?

                               LINDI  
                     Saving the best for last sana.

                               LUNGI  
                     Hush. I'm trying to focus here.

                               TARYN  
                     Go hush yourself. 

           The music is cued up. 

           And ANOINTED VOCALS begin their final performance.

           They sing "I Belong To You". It's poignant piece with the
           moving sentimentality of a negro spiritual.

           The audience is wrapped in silence. Soaking in the emotion. 

           ANOINTED VOCALS are good. And THEY KNOW IT. Their calm
           confidence seems to almost be nailing home the point that
           they deserve that one place in the National Finals. 

           ON REMIX.

           They're in awe. Overwhelmed by what they are listening to. 

           Cadence brought out their big guns. And they fire straight
           through to the end.

           The CROWD BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE with their applause.

           BACK ON REMIX.

           Daunted.

                               TOOTH  
                     Let's go.

           FOLLOW Remix as they walk their way to the stage. Taking in
           the challenge and responding with all the professional focus
           they can muster. Filtering out TUMI welcoming them onto
           stage. Blocking out the yells of the crowd. Pushing aside
           their own fears.

           Because THIS IS IT.

                                                            CUT TO:



           INT. THEATRE STAGE - DAY

           REMIX assembled on the stage. 

           Tooth bows to the house. Turns around, arms uplifted. Ready
           to make magic happen.

           ON LINDI.

           Her eyes are trained on--

           THE THEATRE DOORS.

           A WELL DRESSED MAN stands there, looking around for a seat.
           It's PERCY.

           ON LINDI

           She gulps. The music is cued. 

           Nothing from Lindi.

           TOOTH clears his throat, tries to get her attention. Lindi's
           eyes are frozen on the door.

           CLOSE ON THE WELL DRESSED MAN.

           As he finds a seat and takes it. Settles down and looks up.
           It's PERCY.

           BACK ON LINDI

           Frozen.

                               TOOTH   
                         (harsh whisper)
                     Lindi.

           Everyone looks at her. Expectation is mounting.

           ON TITUS, looking on. Concern on his face. Desperately
           wanting Lindi to snap out of whatever the hell it is she
           needs to snap out of.

           ON LINDI. Apprehension evolves into a full on panic attack.

           SHE RUNS OFF STAGE.

           A wave of murmurs from the audience. TOOTH whips around to
           face the judges.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Hade. I mean, sorry. We need a
                     minute. It's er--something she ate.

           He gives them his million dollar smile.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                         (sotto voce, to REMIX)
                     Stay here.

           And he bolts out after Lindi. 

           The REMIX members trade embarrassed looks. 



           INT. BACKSTAGE ROOM - DAY  

           LINDI rocking back and forth in a chair. Bundle of nerves.
           TOOTH is beside her. The look on his face says it all. She's
           come clean.

                               LINDI  
                     I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

                               TOOTH  
                     You didn't want to tell me this
                     before?

                               LINDI  
                     I tried but-- I'm so sorry.

                               TOOTH
                         (looks off, anger
                          mounting)
                     Son of a--

           Tooth paces. The things he'll do to Percy when he gets his
           hands on -- He realizes their situation. This is neither the
           time nor the place.

           He gets a hold of himself. Approaches Lindi, crouches beside
           her. Close. Intimate.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Listen to me Lindi. I want to kill
                     that guy right now. But he's not
                     important. You are. 

                               LINDI  
                     I can't.

                               TOOTH  
                     I need you to find that strength
                     you found that night at the
                     shebeen. 

           Lindi takes a moment.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Okay?

           She cracks.

                               LINDI  
                     That was different Tooth. Now there
                     are so many eyes. Just waiting for
                     me to fail.

           Tooth takes her hands in his.

                               TOOTH  
                     Lindi. Nine nine you are the best
                     soprano I've ever heard. Why do you
                     think Taryn let you sing the solo
                     in the final?

           Beat. Lindi's uncertainties lined across her face.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Those people out there want to hear
                     you sing. We want to hear you sing.
                     And you want to hear you sing.
                         (beat)
                     Dammit, the whole world wants to
                     hear you sing. So go out there and
                     give it everything you've got.
                         (beat)
                     Because that's you. That's the
                     woman I love.

           She looks into his eyes and sees the truth there. Calm.
           Reassuring. She holds him tight, pulls back from the hug.
           Transformed. Her eyes lit up. 

                                                            CUT TO:



           INT. THEATRE STAGE - DAY

           CLOSE ON Lindi's intense eyes.

           PULL OUT to reveal--

           Lindi on stage. Looking at the crowd. Brimming with
           confidence. 

           TOOTH raises his arms with finality.

           And Lindi BREAKS FORTH into a solo that would put Whitney
           Houston (may her soul rest in peace) and all the divas that
           came after her to shame.

           And as the remixed groovy beats of "Praise Him" rock the
           theatre.

           The REMIX members sing and dance their hearts out.

           It's a start contrast to the preceding performance. They are
           lively, jovial. Funky. 

           They're kicking it. And enjoying every moment.

           The house is ON IT'S FEET. Moving to the music. Remix rocking
           this crowd as only the best house DJs could.

           And right at the climax of their well-timed, perfectly
           harmonized spectacle--

           The tempo drops back to the soulful, slow opening. Lindi hits
           every closing note of the final lines with a raw perfection
           that makes them come alive with emotion. The audience is
           hushed, wondering how such a small body can make such a
           powerful, mature and rich tone. 

           And so do we.

           Her final note lingers in the air. 

           Everyone remains in their seat. And we are also left
           wondering whether or not this has come to an end. Because the
           truth is--

           We don't want it to. WE WANT IT TO CONTINUE FOREVER.

           A sound breaks the still magic of the auditorium.

           CLAP-- CLAP-- CLAP.

           ON TITUS, rising to his feet with a slow clap. Jeff, beside
           him, does likewise. So too the people beside them.

           And in a few seconds, like a wildfire sweeping through Table
           Mountain, a hurricane of astonished applause takes the
           audience by storm and doesn't let them go what feels like a
           good minute. 

           THIS IS MOVING ladies and gentlemen. 

           This is Praise and Worship as it's meant to be.

           OUT on the beaming faces of REMIX. Close on LINDI. Close on
           Tooth. Seventh heaven.  

           ON TUMI.

           Strutting onto the stage.

                               TUMI  
                     Thank you. Thank you for two
                     wonderful performances.
                         (beat)
                     They've brought it down to the
                     wire. I'd hate to have to be one of
                     the judges right now.

           The crowd quietens down. Anticipation mounting. Tumi turns to
           the judges.

                               TUMI  (CONT'D)
                     Judges. Their fates are in your
                     hands. Which of these two groups,
                     will represent Gauteng in the
                     National Praise and Worship Finals? 

           Beat. The judges exchange looks.

                               TUMI (CONT'D)
                     Your votes please.

           ANDILE stirs, clears his throat.

                               ANDILE  
                     Mina. I was quite impressed by
                     Anointed Vocals. They were tight.
                     They were professional. But in
                     terms of taking me where I wanted
                     to go--
                         (beat, deep breath)
                     I'll have to go with Remix.

           TARYN screams and hugs Sam. Remix are tingling with
           excitement. Anointed Vocals look on in determined silence.
           It's not over yet.

                               TUMI  
                     Busi?

                               BUSI  
                     Well Tumi. Personally. I feel that
                     both groups came here with a clear
                     agenda to get into the finals. They
                     both put their hearts and souls
                     into it, and if I could have two
                     teams going through to Nationals
                     I'd vote for them both.
                         (beat)
                     But since I can't. I'd have to go
                     with--
                         (beat)
                     Anointed Vocals.

           A SHRILL CHEER from Soprano Diva. The Anointed Vocal members
           high five each other.

                               TUMI
                     This is a true photo finish. Bra
                     Zakes. It's up to you now. Who's
                     going to go through to the National
                     Finals?

           ZAKES is quiet. His mind is crunching away. He looks at
           Anointed. Looks at Remix. Back at Anointed. Back at Remix.

           Tooth bows his head, awaiting the verdict that will determine
           whether all his efforts come to fruition or to naught.

           And with that we--
                               END ACT FOUR
                                 ACT FOUR



           INT. THEATRE STAGE - DAY

           ON TOOTH's anxious face. Eyes trained -- 

           ON BRA ZAKES. He takes a deep breath.

                               BRA ZAKES  
                     You've both worked so hard. It
                     kills me to have to disappoint one
                     of you. 
                         (beat)
                     But for me, neh, the main thing is 
                     - what do I think mzansi wants to
                     hear?
                         (beat)
                     And I'd have to say its-- ANOINTED
                     VOC--

           AAAAARRRRHHH! ANOINTED VOCALS go ape-shit. They're flipping
           out. Screams. Shouts. Joy. Tears. Hugs. And relief.

           ON REMIX. Deflated. Incarnating the agony of deafeat. 

           TOOTH goes over to the LEAD TENOR and shakes his hand. Nails
           follows suit, and in an instant, they're all exchanging
           congratulatory hand shakes. The small gesture that keeps
           REMIX's dignity intact.

                               BRA ZAKES  (CONT'D)
                     I'm not done yet.

           What was that? They all spin around to face Zakes, in wrapt
           attention.

                               BRA ZAKES  (CONT'D)
                     Remix aren't through to Nationals,
                     but you deserve a special mention
                     for giving mzansi something it's
                     never heard before. Thank you.

           Tooth steps forward, takes the mic from TUMI.

                               BRA ZAKES  (CONT'D)
                     Thank you. Mara the guy who deserve
                     the praise is my auti here. Nails.

           The REMIX members shout and whoop. Giving Nails the acclaim
           he so rightly deserves. 

           And Nails is actually blushing.

                               NIKI  
                     You deserve it bhuti.

           She pulls him into a tight hug. Tooth pats Nails shoulder.
           Lead Tenor wanders over.

                               LEAD TENOR  
                     I hate to say it but -- you guys
                     deserved to win.

           Tooth smiles his thanks. 

           ON Lungi and Sam, sharing a look of mutual understanding.

           They grab Nails and hoist him shoulder high. The girls YELL.
           They carry him off the stage in a mini-procession.

           The house crowds around them, patting their backs, whistling,
           whooping. It's like "Rocky" without the "Adrian!"

           TUMI is on stage trying to say something but getting drowned
           out by the cheers of the fans squeezed around REMIX.

           Bra Zakes works his way through the crowd. He reaches out to
           Nails, business card in hand.

                               BRA ZAKES  
                     Here's my card. Call me.

           Nails takes the offered card, mouths his thanks. 

           OFF his radiant face. 



           EXT. CHURCH - DAY

           Braai smoke wafts through the air. Music blaring. TOOTH and
           NAILS working the decks. TITUS, in a kiss-the-chef apron,
           turns some chicken over on a sizzling BRAAI STAND. LINDI, his
           lovely assistant, takes a full tray, playing the waitress.

           In the middle of the yard, the REMIX members are kicking it.
           LUNGI dances with THEMBI. SAM with TARYN. 

           And ELMARIE VAN ZYL is busting some awkward moves with BISHOP
           ZERUBBABEL PHAKATI. It looks like they're both cult fans of
           Grease.

           The Bishop dances over to Tooth and Nails.

                               BISHOP PHAKATI  
                     So I hear you boys are very
                     talented.

                               TOOTH  
                     It's what they say ko strateng.

                               BISHOP PHAKATI
                         (to Tooth )
                     We've been looking for sometime now
                     for some one to teach music to the
                     other praise teams in the diocese.
                     It's a lot of work. Full time. You
                     interested?

           Tooth trades looks with Nails. We can see -- he's not leaving
           his boy behind.

                               TOOTH 
                     Sounds like too much work for one
                     man. 

           The Bishop gets his drift. Glances at Nails.

                               BISHOP PHAKATI  
                     I'm sure we can work something out.

                               TOOTH  
                     Then you've found yourself some
                     music teachers moruti.

                               BISHOP PHAKATI  
                     Amen to that. Let's speak about it
                     on Monday. For now, enjoy!

           He dances off. Tooth and Nails are dumbfounded. They've just
           gotten their first official jobs in real life. Nails pats his
           back.

                               NAILS  
                     We're now employed son.

           Tooth is staggered.

                               TOOTH  
                     Oh my God. I can afford to pay rent
                     now. 
                         (beat)
                     I need a drink. 

           ON PASTOR JEFF as he mans the cooler box. TOOTH wanders over
           to him.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Ekse ntate. Kikela ispinza. 

           JEFF gives him the beady eye. Tooth ought to know better. He
           rummages within the cooler box.

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     Cool drinks only. Grapetiser.
                     Orange juice. Coke.

                               TOOTH  
                         (pointing)
                     Hau! And the zamalek?

           Tooth pulls out a dumpie from the cooler box. Jeff reels -
           how on earth did that get in there?

                               TOOTH (CONT'D)
                         (winks)
                     Sharp bhoza. 

           And he takes off, dumpie in hand, before Jeff can recover
           from the shock. Tooth shoots a sly look at--

           NAILS. Grinning. At his feet, four or five more dumpies. They
           trade a thumbs up. 

                               NIKI  
                     Hey bhuti. Wanna dance?

                               NAILS  
                     Er-- sho. Mara I'm busy deejaying
                     and--

                               NIKI  
                     Ow come on.

           She drags him away from the deck and onto the "dance floor."

           She makes a clumsy effort at sbujwa. It's everything Nails
           can do to keep from laughing, but he joins in wholeheartedly,
           the bond between these two growing.

           ON TOOTH. Shaking his head in disbelief.

                               LINDI  
                     IKuku?

           Tooth snaps around to find LINDI holding out a tray laden
           with chicken. Off his is confusion around the double-meaning.

                               TOOTH  
                     Sho. I mean--no. I mean--
                         (beat)
                     Sho. Thanks.

           He picks a piece. Lindi smiles at him, lingers for a beat. 

           The music changes from a house groove to a slow R&B song.
           Tooth sees an opening.

                               TOOTH (CONT'D)
                         (flawless Xhosa)
                     Ungathanda ukudansa?

           Lindi falters. Looks at the tray. Tooth registers Lungi and
           Thembi are dancing close by. He taps Lungi's shoulder.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Ekse Lungstar.

           Lungi jerks around -- Tooth grabs the tray and dumps it in
           his hands.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Sho bafwethu.

                               LUNGI  
                     Hey! What the--

           But Tooth's already swept Lindi away in his arms, slow
           dancing across the yard.

                               THEMBI  
                     Sho. Thanks. I was starving.

           She picks a piece off the tray. And we leave Lungi looking
           put out and --

           SETTLE ON TITUS. Scowling. Watching Tooth and Lindi as they
           slow dance together.

           CLOSE ON TOOTH AND LINDI. The sexual tension between these
           two is heavy.

                               TOOTH  
                     Listen. I've been meaning to--

                               LINDI  
                     I know.

           Tooth gazes at her. Questions in his eyes. And in our minds.
           Fortunately Lindi fills us in.

                               LINDI  (CONT'D)
                     I don't know if I'm ready to get
                     into something again right now,
                     Tooth.

           Tooth face falls. But he smiles and nods. A true gentleman.
           She sees his pain, offers him a ray of hope--

                               LINDI  (CONT'D)
                     But if you can wait--

                               TOOTH  
                         (I'm serious about you)
                     I'll wait.

           She searches his eyes, and finds the confirmation she seeks
           there. He means it. She returns his smile, leans in and
           kisses him on the cheek.

           She pulls away and leaves. Tooth watches her go, renewed
           resolution all over his face.

           The woman has just walked away with his heart. But this time
           we know he'll wait for her.

           He turns to watch Nails and Niki. Dancing away. A nostalgic,
           longing in his eyes. Wondering why he couldn't be that lucky
           with love.

           BZZZZZZ! Feedback from the microphone breaks the moment.

           ANGLE ON PASTOR JEFF, on the DJ Decks.

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     How do you turn off this thing.

           Nails rushes to his assistance, turns down the music.

                               PASTOR JEFF  (CONT'D)
                         (beat, into mic)
                     Ahem. I just thought I'd say a few
                     words--

           GROANS and MOANS from the small crowd. 

                               PASTOR JEFF  (CONT'D)
                         (quickly)
                     It'll be brief. Brevity is the soul
                     of wit, heh heh--
                         (beat, off their deadpan
                          stares)
                     Okay. Okay. Firstly I want to thank 
                     Bishop Phakhati and Miss Van Zyl
                     for joining us.

                               THEMBI  
                     Ayoba!

                               NAILS  
                     Woop woop!

                               PASTOR JEFF  
                     Yes. And I would also like to thank
                     Pastor Titus. For being the best
                     right hand man I could ever wish
                     for.

           Someone whistles in the crowd. ON TITUS. Abashed. Not used to
           the attention.

                               PASTOR JEFF  (CONT'D)
                     And I'd like to thank Remix. For
                     putting Youth Harvest back on the
                     map. And even though we didn't make
                     it to the finals--mzansi now knows
                         (beat)
                     That we are coming!

           Yells and shrieks cut him off. Jeff grins. Finds Titus by the
           braai stand.

                               PASTOR JEFF  (CONT'D)
                     Titus. Please. A word.

           He offers him the mic. 

           ON TITUS. Hesitant.

           Tooth starts a slow chant.

                               TOOTH  
                     Titus--Titus--

           The other join in. "Titus--Titus--Titus."

           CLOSE on Lindi. Radiant. Chanting with the rest. 

           Titus shrugs -- Okay. Fine. Whatever. Pulls off his apron and
           makes his way to the DJ deck amidst raucous cheering.

                               TITUS  
                     Thank you.
                         (beat, matter-of-fact)
                     Firstly I want to thank Bishop
                     Phakati for --

                               BISHOP PHAKATI
                         (yells)
                     Protocol has already been observed
                     Pastor. lol!

           Laughter from the crowd. Titus smiles. Continues.

                               TITUS  
                     Yes. Alright.
                         (beat, weighing his words)
                     I remember that first day when I
                     met Tooth, Thembi, Nails and Niki.
                     We got off to a bumpy start--

                               THEMBI
                         (yells)
                     Sorry?

           More laughter..

                               TITUS
                         (forcing himself to be
                          serious )
                     But over the past two months, I've
                     come to learn a lot from you --
                     guys. And I'd like to thank you all
                     -
                         (beat, looks at Lindi)
                     For everything you've taught me.
                         (beat)
                     Ndiyabulela.

           He puts down the mic and walks off the stage. Tooth raises a 
           round of clapping. The others follow suit. Heartfelt and
           warm.

           They thought they'd never see the human side of Titus.

           Tooth moves to the stage, picks up the mic.

                               TOOTH  
                     Ey guys. I want to say a big thank
                     you to -- Sam. 

           ON Sam. Pleasantly surprised.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Thanks for keeping us on the
                     straight and narrow.

           Sam blushes. Taryn smiles at him, gives him a playful shove.

                               TOOTH (CONT'D)
                         (off Taryn's smile)
                     And Taryn. You always kept us
                     thinking straight.

                               TARYN   
                     Next time I want pay.

           Chuckles from the crowd.

                               TOOTH  
                     Niki. Thanks for helping us see
                     things from -- your -- from the
                     other side.

           Niki smiles, doubtful of the compliment.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Lungi. You kept us looking good.

           Lungi straightens his sports coat. You're damn right.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Thembi. 
                         (beat, off her expectant
                          look)
                     Well. Thanks for being--you.

           And that's good enough for her. She beams her gratitude.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Lindi. 
                         (beat, searching for the
                          words)
                     That strength you found inside. It
                     inspired us all.

           TITUS wraps an arm around Lindi. She also inspired him.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     And lastly. To the heart and soul
                     of Remix. The man who made all of
                     tis possible. 

           He looks at his friend. His boy. His brother.

                               TOOTH  (CONT'D)
                     Nails!

           And that just does it. Their acclamation is definitive. And
           deafening. Nails is confused and overwhelmed and embarrassed 
           at the same time.

           ON TOOTH. 

                               TOOTH (CONT'D)
                     Before the last get down. Moruti
                     Jeff and Titus. We have something
                     special for you.

           He nods to the rest of REMIX. They assemble next to him. 

                               TOOTH (CONT'D)
                     This one is a special one. It's not
                     for any competition or anything.
                     It's to say thank you to the
                     Bishop, to the morutis and to God.

           ON REMIX. Beaming. PAN across the bright, eager faces of
           LUNGI, SAM, NAILS, THEMBI, NIKI AND LINDI. 

           They BURST into song.

                                                          FADE OUT.
                               END OF SHOW