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The Sister Bettina Challenge is South Africa's Latest Craze

The Sister Bettina Challenge is South Africa's latest social media craze.

SOUTH AFRICAThe Sister Bettina Challenge is taking South Africa by storm.


This popular kwaito song released in 2006 is having a revival among South African youth, with many of them posting videos online of them getting down to the catchy beat. One thing's for sure is that this song will have even the most reluctant dancer out of their seat!

According to many South Africans, it is physically impossible to not dance when "Sister Bettina" comes on.

Below you’ll find some our favorite videos of folks participating in the viral challenge:

 

And if you're curious here's the original song:

 

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Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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