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New Kwaito artist teaches Mlungus isiXhosa

Brand new Kwaito artist hits the SA scene! His aim – to help teach Mlungus to speak Xhosa and Zulu all over Mzantsi. In his debut single, Ndingumlungu, Quite a White Ou teaches isiXhosa through his rap lyrics and is all about effective communication, having fun and being proudly South African.

Watch his music video and join him on his journey exploring the railway beats, back streets, tennis lawns and rugby jols.

When he’s not jiving in isiXhosa, Quite a White Ou (or Craig Makhosi Charnock by day) runs UBuntu Bridge, a company that has been teaching Xhosa and Zulu language and culture courses since 2005 to the public, corporates, NGOs and schools.

Makhosi learnt isiMpondo (a mix of Zulu and Xhosa), as a young adult and is still learning today. His method has been working brilliantly for people of all backgrounds wanting to learn a third language. He has written manuals and put together audio CDs and his students enjoy great success and are able to have useful conversations early on in the learning process.

Together with the dedicated teachers at UBuntuBridge, Makhosi keeps the learning fun but has a serious mission behind the madness. Their aim is to develop into a social enterprise that creates jobs and uplifts rural and urban communities by empowering first language Xhosa and Zulu speakers to teach people who want to learn these as third languages – like TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Language learning home stays would essentially create micro businesses and bring income to under-resourced families and communities.

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