A month ago, I got charmed by the way Brenda, one of the ‘resident’ hookers at a popular pub in town matched the hit song Tsika beat with her seductive jive.
As the beat went… ‘tsika msungwana, tsika, itukule..itukule..itukule’, you could actually see her go with the rhythm— swaying her hips slowly and then moving them up and down, so seductively that she left me a little out of my breath. Boy, oh boy! It created such a beautiful sight—it was like watching sexy Colombian singer Shakira and our own Zembani Band’s Jane Khongwa.
But I guess it is not only ladies who are good at hip-swaying antics. The sight of Be Forward Wanderers players perfoming their victory jive popularly known as Bekeshu—in which they lift their left legs and then slowly twerk their hips before turning to the other side in unison, with their fans in cue—has become a folklore in the blue side of Blantyre so much that when they win, their fans wait anxiously for the jive.
And after their miserable start to the TNM Super League second round, the Nomads’ hopes for another bekeshu dance was last Sunday in the Standard Bank Knockout Cup final, but sadly, it wasn’t to be. This time it was Civo United who turned their stadium into a theatre of celebrations and there were scenes so lovely that could have been fit for angels in their flight.
I hear the Nomads hired an open roof shuttle in advance in anticipation of another glory and instead of practising on how to perfect their attack during training, they concentrated on bekeshu dance rehersals. Sadly, there was to be no bekeshu dance, no free ‘mbatatesi’ (irish potatoes) from overzelous fans along the M1 Road as they quitely drove back to Blantyre and all they got were mipani ya mbewa at Bembeke Turn-off where they stopped briefly to relieve themselves. But I am not sure if they stipped at Paphalula to greet Ayaya. Lol! Glory be to God. Uloliwe…uloliwe wayidudula hah!, neng’esiza [The train is pushing].