- The popular South African rapper has come to the defense of his culture after the release of a film which exposes alleged parts of the sacred ritual of ukwaluka
- The ritual is a form of initiation into adulthood and has been criticised for making young men violent
- The rapper threatened anyone who disrespected his culture to face him
South African Hip Hop rapper Emtee has come out in defense of his culture and the ritual of ukwaluka, a sacred transition into manhood. Controversy has sprung up around the ritual after the release of Inxeba (The Wound), a film which explores the ritual and its depiction of manhood.
The rapper has lashed out at those who have revealed secret elements of the ritual and labelled them 'snitches'.
Briefly.co.za learned that the film has caused a stir on social media with some people threatening violence and protests. Emtee entered the fray when he said that before the ritual he used to be bullied. He threatened anyone to try and bully him now according to timeslive.co.za.
A Twitter user replied, saying that Xhosa men learn how to be violent during the initiation ceremony. This enraged the rapper who did not take the comment lightly and responded harshly.
"Don’t disrespect my culture bruh. My culture ain’t no social media hypothesis s**t. I made it out alive and I’m proud of myself so f**k you. Face me!," he said.
Emtee says that certain parts of his culture were not meant for public consumption and those who took issue with it must stay away.
He underwent the ceremony last year to prove to his fans and people of his hometown that he was not 'soft' or a pushover.
"People thought I was weak and that I was soft. I had to show them I wasn't soft. I had a point to prove. So, I went to my dad, sat him down, and told him that I wanted to go to initiation school. My relatives, grandfathers and great grandfathers had all done it and I wasn't any different. I knew it was what I needed to do. I needed to be independent. I came out more fierce," the rapper said at the time.
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