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Singer Adele's Bantu knots. Cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation?

1 September 2020 5:04 PM
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John Maytham asks whether singer Adele is right to be accused of cultural appropriation after styling her hair in bantu knots.

British singer Adele had social media users divided on Monday after posting a picture on Instagram, dressed in a Jamaican flag bikini top, and wearing her hair in 'bantu knots'.

The picture appeared to celebrate the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival, which is usually celebrated at this time of year, but which could only take place virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Notting Hill Carnival began in 1966 with the aim of bringing communities together and celebrating cultural diversity.

The picture has received over 5 million likes, but it seems not everyone approved of Adele's outfit and hairstyle, in particular, with some fans calling the 'Hello' singer out for cultural appropriation.

Many others argued that she is one of the good ones and as showing appreciation rather than appropriation.

Refilwe Moloto joined CapeTalk's John Maytham to share her thoughts on whether the hitmaker crossed a line.

The thing about appropriation, I think, is to be very aware of a person's intention.

Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk presenter

If this were Katy Perry, this would be a problem for me, it also depends on who's doing it.

Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk presenter

Moloto referred to comments made by British Labour MP David Lammy who said Tottenham-born Adele 'gets it more than most'.

Despite the criticism, the recently slimmed-down songstress appeared nonplussed, later commenting in Jamaican patois on an Instagram live Verzuz battle between US singers Brandy and Monica, "Wah Gwaan! Yow gyal, yu look good enuh".

Game, set, match Adele.

Click below to listen to the full interview:


1 September 2020 5:04 PM
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