Saturday, October 9, 2010

I SEE PENIS: XHOSA HOMOPHOBES



Despite the prevalence of a large variety of cock in this video (hairy monster cock, tent-poppin' teenage Xhosa rapper cock, stone effigy cock) the lyrics are a tad homophobic, though the song claims to really be about a Xhosa circumcision ceremony.  The eyeball tits are a fun touch.  Colby likee.

Translation of the Xhosa:

MAMELAPA UMNQUNDUWAKHO! (Listen here, you fucking asshole)
ANDIFUNI UKUYAEHLATINI! (I don't want to go to the bush with you)
SUKUBAMMBA INCANCA YAM! (don't touch my penis)
ANDI SO STABANI! (I'm not a gay)
INCANCA YAM YEYAMANTOBI! (This penis is for the girls)
INCANCA YAM ICLEAN! (My penis is clean)
INCANCA YAM INAMANDLA! (My penis is strong)
NDIYINKWEKWE ENKULU! (I am a big boy)
ANGI FUNI UKUBA YEENDOTA! (Don't want to be a man)
EVIL BOY 4 LIFE! YEBO! (Yes)
EVIL BOY 4 LIFE!


"Evil Boy" by Die Antwoord and Diplo, featuring Xhosa MC Manga! 

4 comments:

  1. Wow, absolutely epic. Where to start?

    I'll see your eyeball tits and raise you some mouth tits... eating melon no less. The irony!

    http://vimeo.com/7296834

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  2. I remember being pretty appalled when I first saw the translation, but it turns out the track is more about rejecting ritual circumcision.

    Read this on an article about it on Boing Boing.

    "So, the story behind this video and song (or part of the story -- there's so much going on!) is that Wanga felt that he was being coerced into a form of ritual circumcision by his community. It's sort of taken for granted within his ethnic group that you must do this, so much so that if you are a young man and you do not participate, you are ostracized, as the band explained to me.

    The thinking, and this is communicated very directly to the young men, is that if you don't participate, you're gay. You're effeminate. You're not a real man. You never mature from being a boy to being a man.

    He struggled with all of this in real life: with what it meant for his personal and cultural identity. And he came to a point where he was like, you know what? Fuck you all. The fact that I won't consent to having my penis sliced with an unsterilized knife, out in the bush, and risk infection or worse-- that doesn't mean "I'm gay," as you say. I reject this tradition. If that's what being a man is, fuck it, I don't want to be a man. I'll be an "evil boy for life," even if it means I am ostracized from my community.

    You might have chosen different lyrics, but dude, it's not our story or our culture or our world experience at all.

    It's his."

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