“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.
King Monada, out of the popularity of the song, has been approached with requests 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: ke na le bolwedhe bao idibala (I have an illness of fainting), which has caused some concern about its potential to cause injuries.
A few examples of fans collapsing to the song..
Kenya Sevens Rugby Team
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Zambian Copper Queens
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