Often people ask why The Muffinz don’t write songs about romantic love. Even Songs with titles such as our 2012 ballad “Come with me” may deceive the listener to believe it is about love, but we are adamant that this is not the case. As we grow older and mature together, we’d like to explore more topics outside of the ‘Revolution” and the surroundings we find ourselves in. We’re looking to personalise the narrative using varying music styles but still remaining true to who we want to be. We wrote this song with fellow just music artist and friend of ours MoonChild Sanelly, the song is titled “Okabani”. We were invited by a television show, Jam Sandwich, to collaborate on something, and that something is this song.
“Okabani” translates to “to whom does this one belong” in English… Yes, lol. This phrase, which we had to think about very carefully, stems from the assumption that every person worth having interest in, MUST belong to another. “Okabani ke lo” is a question often asked in clubs or social settings when interest is sparked in an individual, and love (or lust) at first sight happens. The essence of the phrase is, “can this person belong to me?”. What then follows is an attempt to lure the now significant other towards ourselves by all means, this attention seeking and grabbing is known as “the dance”. But thats another story for another day.
Moonchild says her verse is about “Guys who think they have game but are actually being played by their women”. She asserts that women are not only to be hunted but they also do the hunting. And because women are the superior or the sexes, they know how to play the game. The male ego is a fragile thing, contrary to popular belief and women often find themselves in a position to nurse the male ego in order to make the man feel important in the relationship… however long the relations last.
The song “Okabani” is a Retro – Modern Take on South African Kwaito. Where kwaito was mostly electronic post- Apartheid music, we use live instruments, just like the greats, Vho Moses Molelekwa and Zwai Bala. Kwaito Music was considered ratchet, and that’s part of the reason South Africans killed it, But that’s a story for another day. Kwaito was groove music, tavern music, “let the good times roll” music. The 90’s and Early 2000’s were good times. It was this time that we imagined in our heads when composing the Song (under pressure and on TV). We were speaking about radical black love broad as it is. From flings, to relationships, to husbands and wives, husbands and husbands, and wives and wives. We were thinking about black love, how beautiful a thing is it and what a pity that we don’t take more of a chance at it and stop hurting one another.
Anyways, The song is kwaito, which means it’s fun (the likelyhood that it’ll be fun for you is SUPER HIGH)… don’t overthink it. Just dance, learn the words and sing along. We’re in this thing together.
Download the song on Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/okabani-single/id1147870664