Last week, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma set Twitter alight when she responded to Max Hurrell’s hit parody ‘Zol’ which sampled her now-infamous speech where she details why the government has continued with their ban on cigarettes as the country remains in level four lockdown. In the tweet, she posted: “Who is this Max Hurrel fellow? We just need to talk.” The two eventually connected and Zuma’s response may surprise you.
“The minister did reach out to me after she followed me 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,” Max admitted in a recent interview.
He adds that the minister found the song funny and encouraged him to make more songs and continue inspiring the nation through his craft.
The producer admits that when he heard the speech, the inspiration for the parody came to him straight away. “I decided to just have fun with my music brand and stop being so serious about it. I saw the marketing potential of the Zol song so I finished it the next day and put it out,” said Hurrell.
South Africans have really taken to the song which has hundreds of thousands of views online. In fact, it has been the most played song on Apple Music in South Africa for the past few days – which is an incredible feat for a parody track.
Listen to ‘Zol’ here: