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Kiss Between Interracial Couple on South African Soap Opera Sparks Outrage

A kiss between two characters from different races has left racist viewers shook.

According to News24, a kiss shared between two characters in an interracial relationship on the Afrikaans South African soap opera, 7de Laan, has upset some of its faithful viewers.


Soap operas are a staple of South African television. A ton of conversation is generated after an episode of a favorite soap opera and many a South African will tell you of how their evenings are dedicated entirely to watching their favorite soap operas - a daily ritual. From American soap operas such as the Days of Our Lives and the Bold and the Beautiful to local productions such as the beloved Generations, Muvhango, The Queen and of course, 7de Laan.

Whilst interracial relationships are not an issue for soap operas that are dominated by Bantu languages such as Zulu, Xhosa or Setswana, Afrikaans soap operas and television on the other hand, tend to be more conservative and on the right-wing of things. Unsurprisingly, this was the first time that the Afrikaans soap opera showed a scene of an interracial couple kissing.

Following the airing of the episode, one viewer posted on Facebook saying:

"You are broadcasting shit these days…I don't want to teach my kids these things…drugs, alcohol abuse, hostages, suicidal thoughts, and now, the cherry on the cake, mixing races…I am not racist, but white with white and black with black…shittiest soap of the decade."

Carina Nel, the actress who plays the character named Alexa has received hate mail from white viewers (unsurprisingly) after she shared a kiss with her co-star Nicholas Nkuna who plays the character of Fikani. In 2019, South Africa is still having to contend with white South Africans who view interracial relationships as being deplorable, disgusting and certainly not to be aired on television.

Racist hate mail and rants on social media platforms are nothing new in South Africa despite the popular illusion of a united 'rainbow nation'. Springbok rugby team captain Siya Kolisi was the subject of racial slurs from several neo-Nazi White South Africans after he got married to his White wife, Rachel Kolisi.

However, other viewers of the soap opera have highlighted how extremely problematic this response to the scene has been.







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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

Photo: Nabil Elderkin.

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Whether it’s employing asylum seekers to model his designs or adding his flair to a piece of pivotal clothing that the late Chadwick Boseman wore in Black Panther, Walé Oyéjidé has always been about using whatever elements he can to push the ways Africans have traditionally been portrayed. What he hinted at in his short film After Migration: Calabria (available on the Criterion Channel), which tells the story of two refugees settling in Italy, he now gets to explore further in the feature debut, Bravo, Burkina!

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