Mal­wedhe: The faint­ing craze grips Mzansi

Mal­wedhe’s your Dezemba hit

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Chrizelda Kekana

King Mon­ada has the whole coun­try fall­ing in the name of dance.

Faint­ing has never been so crazy that it en vogue.

It’s all thanks to Bolobedu dance su­per­star and his lat­est hit Mal­wedhe that we don’t look at faint­ing the same way.

Mal­wedhe (which loosely trans­lates to faint­ing in Kh­elob­hedu) is about how faint­ing can be caused by mat­ters of the heart.

Not only does the beat go in, the lyrics in­struct the lis­tener on what ex­actly needs to be done to dance to the song. And just like that, Mon­ada has whipped the na­tion into a frenzy if not a trance of go­ing un­con­scious in the name of dance.

In the mid-tempo song he sings: I have an ill­ness. When you date me, don’t play about dump­ing me. I am sus­cep­ti­ble / likely to faint. If you cheat, I will faint. If you don’t give me money, I will faint. If you don’t come home, I will faint. If you switch off your phone, I faint. Rev­ellers across the land have taken to the song so much that scenes of peo­ple danc­ing and fall­ing over them­selves have be­come a reg­u­lar fea­ture on dance floors.

The song has since blown up and whether you hear the lyrics or not, the beat won’t let you just sit through it. You know a song has been cer­ti­fied a De­cem­ber jam when there’s a chal­lenge for it and the spoof videos of #Mal­wed­heChal­lenge have not only seen peo­ple throw them­selves to the ground at all kinds of places, but it has got­ten a few in trou­ble with au­thor­i­ties as well.

Some stu­dents did the chal­lenge in class and got sus­pended, while some peo­ple did the chal­lenge while driv­ing and al­most got into an ac­ci­dent.

Even soc­cer stars can’t re­sist the craze. Some Or­lando Pi­rates play­ers also “faint” as they cel­e­brate goals.

How­ever, de­spite all the po­ten­tial dan­ger it packs, its pop­u­lar­ity is on the rise. Plus, if you think about it, vosho also had its dan­gers but never stopped any­one. If you have two left feet, this may be the dance for you be­cause there’s no tech­ni­cal­ity in­volved here… you just have to fall.

“Thuso Phala and vosho may have de­feated me, but ain’t no way I will fail at faint­ing,” said one Face­booker.

Mon­ada from Tza­neen burst onto main­stream fame in 2016 with Moreki, his hit song about blessers.

‘Mal­wedhe’ has gripped the youth and old folks alike in a dance move that sees peo­ple fall­ing in a fit.

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