Saturday 17 April 2021
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The ‘fainting’ dance craze taking over South Africa is now infecting Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania – and has already hit China

King Monada’s Malwedhe has crossed borders,  getting everyone in on the #IdibalaChallenge King Monada’s Malwedhe has raised concern at home.

Now it is going continental.

China is already in on the action, and the star says he has since been invited to perform in the UK. “This year we Idibala,” says Limpopo-based singer King Monada.
His hit song, Malwedhe, which has inspired the #IdibalaChallenge, is now spreading beyond South Africa’s borders, and has been spotted as far afield as China. It has also popped up in Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya.

See also: This is the ‘fainting’ dance craze taking SA by storm – and no, Limpopo is not lining up extra ambulances. Speaking during an interview on the news channel, eNCA, the singer said he has now been asked to perform in the United Kingdom.

Malwedhe means illness or sickness in the Bolobedu dialect of the Sepedi language.

The dance sees fans falling to the ground at the chorus and words:
wke na le bolwedhe bao idibala (I have an illness of fainting), which has caused some concern about its potential to cause injuries.

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