German–American disc jockey Lars Behrenroth probably thought he was safe when he described amapiano music, which is native to South Africa, as a “snoozefest.”
He has taken so many hits thereafter, for what many consider his careless and irritating remarks. Several South African artistes have weighed in on Lars Behrenroth’s comments, with some dismissing it as unserious, even lazy.
“Banomoya” crooner Prince Kaybee, who might have been a policeman but for a quirk of kismet that made his disobey his mother, has weighed in on the issue as well.
Prince Kaybee, whose song of the year win last year had ignited a tribalism debate, did not mince words. He asked Lars Behrenroth to shut up and move on if he does not like the genre, and not hinder the progress of those who had adopted the genre.
“If you don’t like it shut up and move on, don’t say anything negative to try and slow down the growth of a proudly South African genre,” Prince Kaybee said.
For one, according to Prince Kaybee, those who had taken to the genre are trying to make a life for themselves: each and shine.
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