poor kids invent everything cool, part 2

Because white people are great at stealing things and pretending they were ours all along (you could perhaps even say it’s our greatest talent, one that has given us such riches as, say, North America) many people the world over seem to be under the impression that Western countries are the source of everything awesome.

Na-a, not so.

It’s a great scam that we’ve successfully convinced kids in poor countries to buy our shit so they can be cool like us, when really, pretty much everything cool about us, we stole from kids like them.

When will everyone will figure out that Westerners are essentially sad and fat (except for me, I’m awesome), stop trying to be more like us, and just start turning out more of their own amazing shit like this:

(this is Township Funk by DJ Mujava from South Africa)

Here is more of this particular dance/music style from South Africa, called Kweito. Again, these look like 3 dorky guys in 10$ outfits (they’re at some kind of wedding, no
less), but don’t they rock harder than anyone you’ve ever seen in a club?

Seriously, you want to know how to make the African continent rich? Africans should form a Monsanto-like organization that claims copyright on every African-derived art form on the planet. Want to feature breakdancing in a Coca-cola commercial? Pay up. Rap, hip-hop, RnB, gospel, reggaeton, every single dance move from Britney, the Pussycat dolls, every single band that’s ever played rock n roll? Cha-ching. Royalties from the Rolling Stones alone could pay off the entire continent’s IMF debt.

3 Responses to “poor kids invent everything cool, part 2”

  1. 1 zemetrus February 9, 2009 at 12:00 am

    hey i totally agree on this, i’ve just moved to BK and i’m amazed to see how people here go extra length to “look” western like there’s nothing else in life. just came back from the sunday market and was blown to see like a million pairs of heavily used second hand sneakers brought “back from the promise land” and kids paying 3x price over the brand new local-make open source models, just for the awesome brand.

    what makes it even more paradoxal is that the more they try to be westeners the more they become western-wannabes which is exactly what the people overthere are not; coz they owned it all all along ๐Ÿ˜‰

    i went to few parties here and was sad to see everyone more focused on presenting thier joy rather then really enjoying themselves. i hope very much i’ve went to the wrong events otherwise i may start missing some western vibe too ๐Ÿ™‚

    and please don’t teach africans (or anyone) on intellectual property, i think owning culture is bullocks and it’s much better to teach westerners how to make africa better place by freeing culture and in that line how non westerners to free their own culture from being owned by someone, who’ll later be selling it to them!

  2. 2 jan February 14, 2009 at 3:27 pm


    i think your are totally wrong. yes, they use second hand stuff from the west, but that is only because it’s there. you can only use whats available. well, besides the millions of shops on jj that just sew their own design and create their own styles that have nothing to do with western styles. i think Thailand is the least western influenced country that i know. you just have to turn on the radio to know what i mean.
    over the couple of last years i have seen many trends that have been here before they came up in europe. in fact many magazines crout trends from asia to publish in the west, as well as many dealers buy their stuff here to sell in the west. that’s much more common than the opposite way. and i’m not only talking about cheap production.
    usually the hip kids (i mean the really hip kids) give a damn about brands. they might buy the shoes because of the look, and i think their way is like resampling stuff that is already there, like it happens in music all the time.

  3. 3 Devon the lucky troll February 19, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Yeah, Ive been listening to kwaito for years. Arthur, one of the biggest kwaito singers, and also an awesome athlete etc, has been on my playlist since 2002ish. Check out Yiyo lendawo, its a great track.

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