The crotch-shaking gyrating generation
Monday, 29 August, 2011Dance and music have evolved over time and we younger people enjoy a lot of house music, hip hop and kwaito. Black Africans like a beat, a "gong". I love kwaito and enjoy my Sghubu! I equally appreciate my hip hop, and who doesn't know commercial house music? It's everywhere, you cannot ignore it.
What I have always noted is the kind of songs and dance moves that are likely to be the hits! It is often the songs that are explicit, uncouth and often demeaning to females that are likely to be big! Do you remember the song by a certain Ludacris that went, 'Move b**** get outta the way, get outta the way!' I doubt he was referring to men! Yet, whenever I went to parties and clubs and this song played, it would often be women who would go wild, screaming, gyrating and shaking what their mamas gave them! It doesn't matter what it says right? It's just a song!
There was a house song, 'Heela ngwanyana o morago makima, a ko tle kwano ke a tshware tshware'. It was played from everyone corner and kids sang it on the streets.
I remember 'Sikhelekhe' which was banned by some radio stations due to its explicit nature.
However it remained a hit. Then there was 'Nka mo dira'. I don't need to remind you of the lyrics, almost everyone knows that song, it was huge!
Coming home, there's a new hit in town! The hit-churners 'Wizards of the desert' have returned with Mokento.The song goes, 'Mokento, ke kenta basadi hela! Apola borokgwe, apola watch ke go kente, ke bidiwa doctor mokento, fa ke tsenya mokento go botlhoko, fa o le mo teng go sharp fela...'(I inject women.
I am doctor injection, Take off your watch, take off your pants, let me inject you, when I put the injection in, its painful, but when it is in, it's nice) Accuse me of being perverted, but what is one supposed to make of such a song? It has a rich beat, but the lyrics are near- traumatising! The video is just as common.
There are pretty girls smiling like dolls and twirling around aimlessly, with the guys touching and dancing with them; and it's a hit! People love it and it receives lots of airplay! I was amused to see mostly women screaming and dancing when they heard it.
This must excite some men because they can gauge the women who are "easy prey". If there's one thing Africans can do better than other nations, its dance. Most of us have been blessed with rhythm.
There have been many dance moves over the years from 'codessa' ,'kwasa' ,'mangisa', 'twalatza', 'ngwase' and many others. In the recent years we have seen a new breed of dance trends. What amuses me is the manner of these dance moves...the crotch shaking, to be precise.
My mother often asks me if it's in fashion to shake the crotch when dancing. Have you watched the SABC show Jika Majika and Btv's Mokaragana? There's always some pantsula-inspired dance moves; waist-shaking, hands thrown around, legs wobbling, and the crotch moving up and down, side to side...go kunyapa.
These new dance moves require too much opening of the legs and shaking. I have a friend who sincerely believes that dancing "is a sin", wasn't designed for women, more so the "township" moves.
However, it works for some people. Beyonce has made a name for herself by 'throwing herself on the ground and dancing like she's being attacked by demons'. Chomee is a popular act; she is feisty, exposes thigh and moves like she's in bed. Who can forget Slizer? She is electric.
She's a beautiful and vocally talented woman but I doubt she would be as popular if she didn't dance the way she does! Her moves are exciting kwasa- kwasa with a mix of crotch-shaking aerobatic flair! Not "typical lady stuff", but that's what pays the bills! There are other dancers, contemporary African dancers and traditional dance moves, but that's not viewed as good dancing.
A lot of people like dirty stuff; Dirty music and dance. Anything that has an element of being 'sexually explicit' will sell and be popular. Nowadays 'talent' is interpreted as dance and it's usually the dirty dancing and crotch-shaking! Is that all the younger generations know? It's no more important to know how to play a musical instrument or create art from scratch.
It's enough to just hump the air in the name of 'dance'. We cannot deny that creativity is dying. We will be at its funeral mourning.
'We used to jive, step, sway, get down, but now we dance angrily, lips pouted, tongues stuck out, heads being thrown around, waists shaking, crotches moving and chanting, 'Hey hey Jezebel!'