Thursday, May 15, 2008
The other day I was listening to music on my iTunes and I saw that the next song in the cue was going to be, African by H2O Feat. Zubz, (from the compilation Mzansi Music/Young Urban South Africa.)
I didn't know that the play function was on shuffle and the song Aguanile, by Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe (from El Juicio,) came on instead.
Not super familiar with either, I heard the intro and was like wow! I can't believe this young South African musician sampled this stereotypical 60's explore Africa documentary as an intro. What a great example of Camp Africain.
Then the part familiar to me, where Hector starts to sing came on and I was a little disappointed. Not that a Nuyorican salsa record can't reference Africa, but their use of stereotypical cues just seemed a little less... Funny.
So I decided that I really like Camp, and especially lately, I really get a kick out of when Africans do it. Not everyone can take themselves seriously. And I even do it myself.
Otherwise, have a laugh (it's okay!) and enjoy, these examples of great campy African comedy.