Review: The Motswakoriginator Deluxe Edition

The Motswakoriginator Deluxe Edition


Motswako 101.

Believe it or not, in 2012, there are people who still don’t know what Motswako is or how it started. The self-anointed Mostwakoriginator (motswako + originator), Khuli Chana, took it upon himself to school those people and just those who need a reminder.

As a cherry on top of the deluxe edition of his debut album, The Motswakoriginator, Khuli Chana, who is a third of groundbreaking trio Morafe, put a DVD together. Here, he invites the stalwarts of the Motswako sub-genre to share their thoughts, not only about Motswako, but about Khuli’s role in it too. So, naturally, some parts of this DVD are self-indulgent.

The quality of some of the behind-the-scenes shoots and performance footage is somewhat shoddy and gives the idea that it was shot on a camera phone with no intention of being sold to the public. But the candid commentary and the warts-and-all nature in which Khuli Chana tells his rags-to-riches story are admirable.

Here, the history of Motswako intertwines with Khuli Chana’s history and chronicles how he became its poster boy, which makes for interesting viewing. – Helen Herimbi