This is the ‘fainting’ dance craze taking SA by storm – and no, Limpopo is not lining up extra ambulances

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The #IdibalaChallenge is taking the country by storm with emergency services warning people to be careful
  • King Monada’s song Malwedhe is taking South Africa by storm – and inspiring the #IdibalaChallenge.
  • Some are taking it too far – and emergency services have warned people to be careful.
  • Malwedhe seems a solid contender for2018’s New Year’s hit song.

A new dance craze has gripped South Africa just ahead of the silly season – and it isn’t entirely safe.

Limpopo-born musician King Monada’s hit song Malwedhe, which means “illness” in the Bolobedu dialect of the Sepedi languagehas inspired a dance unlike anything we’ve seen before.

The dance sees fans falling to the ground at the chorus and words: kena le bolwedhe bao idibala (I have an illness of fainting).

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ke gore motho must have di overall ka December ge a ya Limpopo just for go idibala???

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The dance does not come from the original music video for the song, which has no falling.


The chorus has aroused imaginations, leading to the #IdibalaChallenge, where people simulate fainting. In all kinds of environments.


Including classrooms…

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Chitties ✨☃️@bleh98

So my classmates and I did the challenge ??????

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school grounds…


and construction sites…

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King Monada will never disappoint you ??‍♂️??

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Even paramedics and emergency personnel are getting in on the trend.

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Minister of Radio@2018_allen

ANNOUNCEMENT:You dump me kea idibala finish and klaar!!

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Things can get out of hand.

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A thread on what King Monada is doing to peoples children, it’s fast getting out of hand ?

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Some have gone so far as doing the challenge while driving.

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??minister of VENDA PEOPLE@Zero110_c63

I am not about to miss a challenge from Limpopo never

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Lol the best I’ve seen so far..

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The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has warned against this, urging motorist to be more cautious.

Because singer, and apparently the dance craze, both originate in Limpopo, there have been allegations that the Limpopo Department of Health will be increasing the number of it ambulances on standby in anticipation of injuries stemming from the dance.

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?Dark Chocolate?@Mudau1Dark

Does this mean that the government is approving this “idibala” dance???

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“This is fake news,” spokesperson, Thabiso Teffo, told Business Insider South Africa.

“We only ever increase the number of ambulances in anticipation for busy periods like the festive season, we will never do so for a dance”.

He has, however, cautioned people to dance responsibly.

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Bombi Mavundza , Business Insider SA
 Nov 10, 2018, 07:23 PM

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