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Published: Monday, 2013/05/20
INTERNATIONAL rapper-turned-reggae- artist, Snoop Lion, is in hot water with the Zulu royal family again.
He wore a traditional isiZulu headband (umqhele in isiZulu) and the traditional leopard-skin print (isikhumba sengwe) during his performance at the MTV Africa All Stars KZN show at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday. But his outfit upset the royal family because it is supposed to be worn only by royalty.
The royal house spokesman, Prince Mbonisi Zulu, told Daily Sun: “Who honoured him? We want to do an investigation first before we can comment on the matter.
“The royal suit is only to be worn by King Goodwill Zwelithini or by someone who has been honoured by the royal house.”
Maskandi legend Mfiliseni Magubane, once landed himself in trouble with the royal family for the same reason. He later had to apologise to the Zulu nation and the royal family for offending them.
MTV spokeswoman Alison Reid said: “MTV Base apologises if anyone was offended by Snoop wearing traditional Zulu garb on Saturday night.
“The outfit in question was a gift from a member of the Zulu royal family and a number of members of the royal family joined Snoop on stage.
“We believe that his homage to Zulu culture was received positively by all concerned, including the royal family.”
Reid added that a representative of the Zulu royals who attended the event at Snoop’s invitation confirmed this.
She quoted the representative as saying: “We are happy to welcome Snoop Lion to KwaZulu-Natal. We take pride in our rich heritage and it gives us pride to share our culture and accord special guests genuine Zulu hospitality to share abroad and encourage other visitors to come to our beautiful province.”
But Prince Zulu said that MTV should release the name of the person who gave Snoop Lion the royal outfit.