It is barely seven days to the end of the year. One can list several musicians in South Africa who literally rocked the year with their songs and caught not just the country’s but the world’s attention. One of such musicians is undoubtedly Khutso Steven Kgatle, better known by his adopted stage name King Monada.
King Monada’s song “Malwedhe” is undoubtedly one of the biggest songs in South Africa this year. The song has since travelled across the world: from Africa to the United Kingdom, and even far down to China.
Before the release of “Malwedhe,” King Monada had of course released other hit songs. But compared to “Malwedhe,” those songs do not come close in appeal or in reach. “Malwedhe” is our song of the moment and in fact our song of the year.
In an interview just after the song was released and gained traction with music lovers across South Africa and indeed across Africa, King Monada had spoken about “Malwedhe,” which had inspired the #IdibalaChallenge, describing Idibala as a case of mental illness causing the victim to faint often.
The fainting thing has got the government in South Africa worried and has had to issue a public warning. The warning came from of Simon Zwane the Road Traffic Management Corporation.
Simon Zwane had said then: “It is in the same category as texting and driving. Many fatal crashes are caused by this. It is worse for these two (paramedics) because they are not wearing safety belts. Crashes happen within a split of a second and drivers should keep full concentration on the road. Motorists should desist from this practice. It is dangerous and places the lives of road users at risk.”
Warning or not, South Africa has retained its Idibala fever and King Monada has stamped his name definitely in the consciousness of South Africans. This stamp has seen him make the top 10 summer songs of 2018 with “Malwedhe.”
With a single bound – you may say song – King Monada had leaped into national and indeed global consciousness, with his “#IdibalaChallenge” taking hold across the world and even earning King Monada an invitation to the United Kingdom.
The song had also earned King Moinada a spot on Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up Moses Mabhida Stadium of December 1. In the end, though, flight issues prevented Monada and his team from performing at the event.
It has also earned some criticism from fellow muso DJ Shimza, the “Faith” mastermind, who recently suggested in an interview with Mo Flava that King Monada change his style of music. He would later say he never asked the “Ska Bhora Moreki” crooner to change his (King Monada’s) sound.
Well, King Monada has since released the visuals to “Malwedhe,” adding to the original song’s appeal. The song promises to retain its appeal right into the New Year, when, hopefully, King Monada would have given us another global hit.
We are in the festive season, as you well know, so take it easy on the Idibala thing. Don’t Idibala and drive. You may not survive. Don’t encourage others to Idibala and drive, either. You know we at HitVibes want to see you around and enjoying the music.
Be safe and have a merry Christmas.