Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s playful argument with a Cape Town-based DJ was, arguably, one of the alternate highlights of our hard lockdown phase. Max Hurrell’s viral smash, When people Zol, sampled a statement made by the minister of COGTA the night she announced that the sale of cigarettes would be banned. And now the mischievous musician is up to his old tricks again …
Who is Max Hurrell? Dlamini-Zuma can tell you …
South Africa, as we all know, is fueled by the culture of memes. So when a politician of NDZ stature starts talking about zol, it was inevitable that the remixes would come. Max Hurrell’s video turned out to be the most popular of the bunch, and he’s now taken a second bite of the ban cherry.
On Saturday, Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that alcohol and cigarettes would be put back on sale, after five months of bans and canceled decisions. It was a moment of celebration for millions of South Africa, and the artist from the mother city chose to immortalize it in song:
Watch: Max Hurrell takes a hit at Dlamini-Zuma with his ‘new remix’
Hurrell set a catchy pace on the now iconic Ramaphosa announcement, aand he refers to a pro-prohibition Dlamini-Zuma. He posted this teaser on Sunday evening:
No one is safe
Only time will tell if Max Hurrell can repeat his chart-topping success earlier in the year. But, if nothing else, this cheeky chappie has certainly found its place. And his wacky efforts even saw Dlamini-Zuma drop into his DMs on Twitter. Fortunately, the exchange was incredibly friendly.
NDZ may have been his first target of musical satire, but it was not the last. Fikile Mbalula also ended up with his own remix, after suggesting that air filtration systems on planes could “eat the virus.” As dismal as this statement was, Mbaks decided to follow it up by doing the sound effects of the COVID-19 cells being eaten alive – a decision that ultimately made him a perfect candidate for the Max Hurrell treatment.