Cape Town – With less than three weeks to go until National Braai Day, a local comedy pop duo has posted an apt National Braai Day parody of Rebecca Black’s infamous viral video hit, Friday – adding a distinctly South African flavour. Nicholas Smal and Gareth Allison, also known as ‘Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues’, posted the video entitled Braaiday on Tuesday and it has been receiving overwhelming response from fans ever since – going viral on Facebook, Twitter, and other content sharing sites.
Smal had this to say about the video: “National Braai Day is about uniting the nation and getting all South Africans to unite around a braai for one day every year. We love the spirit of the good ‘ol South African braai. If this video will help unite our nation, I will sleep a happy man tonight.”
Says Gareth Allison, “South Africans love to braai. It’s in our blood! Why not combine our love of music with our love for braaing? It was kind of a no-brainer for us – we certainly didn’t expect the level of response that the video has got so far though.” National Braai Day’s head Jan Braai is delighted with the outcome of the song and the attention it has received. “We are excited about the support the song has received online so far. As South Africans, we never take ourselves too seriously and the song really captures the spirit of National Braai Day. It’s contributions by people like Nic and Gareth that will ultimately result in the success of this initiative in uniting a nation.” Find them on twitter: @janbraai, @nicsmal, @garethisatwit
The track was recorded in a bedroom as Smal says “the bedding provided the perfect cushioning for the sound, ensuring there were no echoes”. This past weekend Smal, Allison and a few of their mates lit a fire, had a braai and recorded the music video (which has now gone viral).
The release of this songs follows on the heals of the release of the chart topping National Braai Day Anthem by Die Heuwels Fantasites, JR, HHP and Soweto Gospel Choir. The track’s release is just in time for South Africa’s National Braai Day on 24 September 2011. For more information visit www.braai.com. Nic Smal is a Cape Town musician in two bands, Gravity Wins Again and Versus The Wolf, and works as an animator/designer at local firm Masters & Savant, as well an expert on male ballet. Gareth Allison is also part of Gravity Wins Again and is a freelance website designer and part-time cakeenthusiast. He is not a Taurus. Below follows the song that the parody is based on, ‘Friday’, by Rebecca Black; and below that follows the music video of the official National Braai Day anthem.