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Getting to know Matenas Wadi Yobisi — the rhythmically challenged internet sensation

24 June 2022 - 10:30 By Joy Mphande
Matenas Wadi Yobisi and his friend Mandla Kayise speak exclusively to TshisaLIVE after going viral.
Matenas Wadi Yobisi and his friend Mandla Kayise speak exclusively to TshisaLIVE after going viral.
Image: Instagram/ Matenas Wadi Yobisi

Matenas Wadi Yobisi has more than 20,000 followers on Instagram and has frequently shot up the trends list on Twitter with his dance moves. Now that he has a budding career as an entertainer, everyone wants to know who is.

A month ago, after Mandla Kayise, 19, decided to film his best friend of nearly two years, Martinus Olckers, aka Matenas Wadi Yobisi, 16, dancing, and the internet hasn't been able to get enough of the teen.

While it was unplanned, Matenas' vibe has led to the pair being booked and busy.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE, the two pupils from a special school in Pretoria, Suiderberg School, said they never thought they'd become this popular, and want to make the most of the attention they've garnered on social media.

“Mandla was asking to take videos of how I dance. That's how I got popular. It feels amazing. It feels like I'm dreaming as I get more popular,” Martinus said.

Mandla said they never imagined hey would go viral as when they started it was for amusement. 

“Those videos, we took them as a joke. We were playing and then things got very serious. We went viral with the second video. The first we took as a joke. The second one went viral so I opened an Instagram account so he can have a platform with his pictures and videos. When we posted the third one social media went crazy,” Mandla said.

Debut single

The two viral stars have formed a music group with their friend VusiR5 and are set to sign a distribution deal contract with Sony Music in the coming week as they release their debut single Matenas on June 24.

“We are like a team. We work together. VusiR5 is a singer and Mandla can dance too,” said  Martinus.

“It's like a music group. My parents are so happy and support me. We will balance properly with school when it opens. Now the schools are closed so we'll be doing a lot of work,” Mandla said.

 Viral video

On Thursday, Matenas topped Mzansi's trends list after a video of him at a club in Soshanguve called The Want went viral on social media. He was seen dancing with a half-naked entertainer.

Martinus' father Lucky Olckers told TshisaLIVE he has not seen the video and could not comment on it. However, he expressed pride in his son making a name for himself.

“They don't keep me up to date. I'm in the dark always. If I say something to my son he gets cross, saying; ‘I'm going, I'm going’.d I don't want him to go, that's why I leave him,” he said.

“I hope he will be successful. He will be better than me. I'm just a mampara. I'm a mechanic. So if he's going to get in a better field that's great.”

Martinus said he's excited about his newly acquired fame and wants to make his father proud.

My father says I mustn't do funny stuff. I mustn't just do the gigs, I must get something out of the gigs.” 



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