If there is one musician in South Africa that is all about pushing boundaries it’s definitely Dr Malinga
The muso was at it again when he shot a music video in a cemetery last week.
As musicians across the country scramble to put together their would-be December hits, Dr Malinga is approaching the process a little differently. Instead of giving us the usual beach-inspired, speed boat and bikini-clad music videos; the Via Orlando hitmaker is taking it to another level.
The 39-year-old shot his new music video in a graveyard and many fans aren’t sure how they feel about it
It’s easy to see what Dr Malinga was going for. His new song is titled Ngiyolala Ngifile, a Zulu phrase which loosely translates to “Over my dead body” and perhaps Dr Malinga considered the location, the Kanana Cemetery in Hammanskraal, to be an extension of the theme. The hitmaker released his new video for the single on Friday and once people had caught on to the fact that it was shot in a cemetery, the reactions poured in from all quarters.
Many fans felt as if the move to shoot in a cemetery was culturally disrespectful. In many cultures (especially South African ones) people are taught to respect death and treat the dead with dignity. Malinga’s move to effectively dance in a cemetery is seen to be a mockery of this:
Growing up I was taught to respect the cemetery and from what I saw on this video is very disturbing. Please let’s try not to loose our humanity. For marketing and revenue please try other avenues not a cemetery.
— khwezi Ngqongwa (@khwezi_lu) November 20, 2019
Dr Malinga- ndolala ndifile. The video is at a cemetery, I don’t know what disgusting blasphemy is this. Hay nou!
— Scara10 (@Simbu_15) November 26, 2019
Dr Malinga has come out and explained that even the dead and those in cemeteries deserved some company, and that’s simply what he was looking to provide
“People criticise everything. Some people who’re buried there are lonely and neglected so my visit there was important. During some funerals, music is played. People mustn’t fear death because of my video,”
The question of legality was also brought up, as many wondered if he had received permission to shoot at the funeral home.
The municipality has given Dr Malinga permission to shoot a music video in a cemetery, I think other people’s rights are violated🤔
— Lani Manna (@LaniManna) November 19, 2019
A spokesperson for the City of Tshwane named Lindela Mashigo claims not to have seen any request from Dr Malinga for the use of the cemetery.
He said; “He might have done it through someone. I don’t recall granting permission for such a request.”
Watch the music video below and tell us if you think that this is creative or simply distasteful.