The best thing that happened to us today was that on the way home from another apartment viewing we heard this song on the radio:
Youngsta’s “Salute Ya” is obviously the song that will play over the opening credits of the movie American Cuuns in Africa, coming to the “More Like: Blue Crush 2” line on Netflix Watch Instant sometime in 2015.
And better yet, it will function as something of a Rosetta stone of Cape Town culture for us. Right now we recognize several of the references in the lyrics, but haven’t really sorted out what they mean. “They Cavendish [that's a mall!], and I’m Kenilworth [that's one of the South suburbs!]” [EDIT: After discussing local shopping options with some more entrenched expats, I realized this lyric is not "Kenilworth" but "Canal Walk." The fact that those two things sound the same to me gives you some idea of how bad I am at understanding local accents. Canal Walk is a budget shopping mall, so it is the first meaning.] But I have no idea if that means “they are fancy and I am street” or if it means “they are tacky and I am baller.” But at least I’m on the path to understanding now, right?
Also, there is an obvious universal appeal to lyrics like, “Sayin’ they better like saying Stevie Wonder can see.”