Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma level 2 "But also, when people Zol" - The Kiffness and Max Hurrell make viral video
Photo Cred: SA Government

A viral song sampling a verbal warning about the dangers of zol during the pandemic has just hit number 1 on the iTunes music chart!


South Africa (17 May 2020) – Max Hurrell’s awesome song has just hit number 1 on the iTunes music charts!

The song uses Cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s speech in defence of the tobacco ban.

A few weeks ago, the minister announced that the national command council had elected to ban the sale of cigarettes for the duration of the lockdown. She cited health concerns raised by some citizens and medical experts during public engagements with the government.

“When people zol, they put saliva on a paper, and then they share that zol,” said the minister, adding that this was concerning as it undermined social distancing.

DJ Max Hurrell then laid these vocal samples over a track which he describes as “house and afro with a driving and powerful bassline”. The song immediately went viral on social media eventually catching the Ministers attention.

Dlamini-Zuma tweeted “Who is this Max Hurrell fellow? We just need to talk”. Hurrell responded to her Tweet, asking her to follow him so that he could provide his contact details.

It wasn’t something the DJ expected to see.

“I honestly made the song just to make people laugh during a tough time, I’ve gotten loads of thank yous from people saying they needed the ‘mood-lifter’ and so I am grateful that I was able to help people feel better,” the DJ adds.

Hurrell says that the minister did reach out to him after she followed him back.

“We had a brief chat about it, and she was very nice. She found it funny and encouraged me to keep doing good with my craft”.

And now the talented musician has found himself at number 1 on the South African iTunes music chart! The South African beat out the likes of The Weekend, OneRepublic and Ariana Grande!

Watch the (unofficial) music below:

Sources: Max Hurrell | Kiffness 
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