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 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: ke na le bolwedhe bao idibala (I have an illness of fainting), which has caused some concern about its potential to cause injuries.
The #IdibalaChallenge has now been seen at weddings in Tanzania....
... and spotted in Uganda.
Ugandan TV show host Samsom Kasumba-Mulun even did it on his show on NBS Television.
The Kenyan Sevens team are also in on it...
...and not to be outdone, The Zambian Copper Queens, on their way to Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire, got in on the act.
The dance is also being done in Nigeria....
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And China, which appears to be the first country outside the continent to pick up on it.
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