David – A Perfect Villain, Loved & Missed!

James, a South African soap icon, who played his role with class and a perfect love hate relationship with followers of Rhythm City, leaves earth nothing short of the best memories we have of him.

He developed one of the best rivalry screen acts with Suffocate in South Africa’s long running soup series, Rhythm City, that ended in July 2021. For the past 13 plus years, Genaro graced our screens as we kept glued to Rhythm City that aired on e.tv, and accessed on many other platforms across Southern Africa.

We will miss you sir, may your soul rest in eternal creative peace!

Actor Jamie Bartlett on set at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. His latest play The Colonialist is showing currently. Picture: JAMES OATWAY 2011/09/07.

Best known as David Genaro, the calculating mastermind, made his mark in many productions in Africa and Hollywood. James, born 1966, leaves a long impressive acting career that we will all miss.

Bartlett was a well-known and multi-faceted South African actor prior to starring in Rhythm City. 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 [3]. The gang-movie genre showcased the realities of the gangster life in Cape Town.

He also guest starred 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. (From Wikipedia)

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