Trevor Noah proves that Michael Jackson sang in Setswana

Trevor Noah proves that Michael Jackson sang in Setswana


US-based comedian, Trevor Noah recently asked his fans to help him figure out what language late singer Michael Jackson was singing in one of his videos.

Trevor was listening to one of Michael’s songs which still hits the right spots, years after his passing.

He says he still sings along but still misquoted the lyrics and feels embarrassed.

The Daily Show host shared the South African version of Michael Jackson’s popular classic Don’t stop ’til you get enough.

The Don’t stop till you get enough is Michael Jackson’s 1979 hit song

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He starts off in the video:

“In South Africa, we didn’t know what he was saying … so we thought he was singing in Setswana.”

“So when we get to that part (chorus) we will go … ke bao, ka dibotsotso, tjelete e fedile … which loosely translates to fashionistas looking dapper in their expensive jeans, but they have no money (because they probably used it all, buying lavish gear).

Trevor adds that many South Africans were convinced that the King of Pop could sing in African languages too.

“(Until) someone said, ‘that’s not what he’s saying’ and I was like, ‘no, you got it wrong,”’ Trevor said.

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His comments sparked hilarious conversations on social media, with fans from all over the world sharing their own version of the popular hit track.

Here were some comments:

@Giselle said: “It’s funny bc we Congolese ppl thought he was speaking Lingala.”

@Shadi m:  “SO TRUE @trevornoah. I so remember and was so shocked and disappointed to learn the lyrics weren’t in MY language and weren’t as I had sung them all that time!!”

@Aba Odooma: “Oh my gosh, this is so true. For the longest, my cousin convinced me that Michael Jackson was speaking a Ghanaian dialect and so I will belt it out in that dialect with confidence. Hmm, hmm.

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Faith Ruru from Kenya said: “Am from Kenya and we thought he was singing in Kikuyu too which is my mother tongue.”

@Lean commented: “We thought it was speaking Ewe in Togo. Indeed MJ was the Universal Man.”


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