March 20th, 2007

yo google mzekezeke

them mans make mad money down south, no doubt

(esp from a botswana perspective)

but who is this masked mzekezeke ??

bush? bin laden? mandela? tupac?

watch and find out —



  • 1. chris  |  March 21st, 2007 at 7:15 am

    great! cheers

  • 2. erin  |  March 21st, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    man oh man. i miss that station!

  • 3. » G&hellip  |  March 21st, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    […] de rigeur, them mans make mad remixes too :: […]

  • 4. Birdseed  |  March 22nd, 2007 at 7:37 am

    Heyy, the repetitive lyrics, the moronic pronunciation, the drawn-out wovels… Is this in fact the Kwaito answer to Chacarron? :D

  • 5. wayneandwax  |  March 22nd, 2007 at 9:55 am

    which station is this from, Erin? i don’t recognize it.

    as for kwaito’s “Chacarron,” Birdseed, I’m not so sure. it may partake in the same self-conscious spirit and sense of humor, but it doesn’t seem to be parodying the genre in the same way that “Chacarron” gives reggaeton the piss. Moreover, I really can’t speak to the “moronic” pronunciation, not being South African myself; the repetition seems pretty par for the course (ie, unremarkable), though you might be on to something with the drawn-out vowels. At any rate, it says something about “Chacarron” that you would hear other songs through it’s funhouse lens —

  • 6. Birdseed  |  March 23rd, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    “Moronic” is totally the wrong word. I mean that extremely forced, almost vomit-out-the-words type performance that one of the performers in this video (I guess not Mzekezeke) uses – think Busta Rhymes, Elephant Man or indeed sometimes El Chombo, though I guess generally he’s more laid back. (It’s the other rapper doing the “muhana muhana” (or whatever) bit on “El Gato Volador”, right?) Who came up with that style anyway? Am I right in guessing it’s Jamaican in origin?

  • 7. wayneandwax  |  March 23rd, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Seems to me that you’re seeing/hearing in these different performers something that goes back even further than Jamaica: the jester. I understand that you’re identifying a particular sort of performance style with it, though I’m not sure how easy it would be to locate that in any neat sort of genealogy. As much as I think Busta might be responsible for the recent globalization of such a style (esp as advanced through in-your-face videos), it seems just as likely that this sort of thing would arise on its own in lots of places. So, not so sure about the quest for origins here.

  • 8. wayneandwax  |  March 28th, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Erin reports via email: “it’s channel O out of south africa. i think it’s supposed to stand for ‘original african’. when i first went to ethiopia in 2004, i watched a fair bit of it and it was pretty much totally american pop music. it’s changed tremendously and in january of this year when i was again in addis, it was pretty much all kweito, all the time. much more true to the station name…”

  • 9. » G&hellip  |  November 19th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    […] make beats and build riddims. He was grateful and gracious and did me the favor of pointing me in all kinds of interesting directions in kwaito and southern African music. He’s kept me up-to-date with his latest productions, and […]


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