26-06-2021 by redazione
The "Festival di Sardegna Due" has reached the halfway mark, continuing to explore with a smile some aspects of the Italianisation of Malindi and Watamu, which those who live here miss so much (for better or worse).
Every week since 29 May, we have presented an ironically adapted song, which introduced a theme and a series of articles, editorials and ideas on the subject.
As every week, we remind our readers that this nice initiative in notes is virtually staged, waiting for the return of our tourism, thanks to the collaboration of Italian activities in Malindi and Watamu that offer beautiful prizes to be used by next November 30 in Kenya or transformed into gifts delivered in Italy for those who can not come.
It's easy to take part: just listen to the song on youtube (for example by clicking on the video below) and then, if necessary by enlarging the screen (if you have a mobile phone), leave your name in the comments below the video and possibly subscribe to the youtube channel (you will find the SUBSCRIBE sign on the right below the video).
After Freddie and Sbringo's parodies of water, street food, old people still lively and fake construction, this week we talk about an endangered species, one of the most "dear" to our tourists: the beach boys.
Replaced just before the pandemic by organised professional groups on the beaches of Watamu, Bamburi and Diani (in Malindi it's a bit more difficult, but it's getting there), the boys who make ends meet on the beach at the limits of legality and verbal and physical harassment have practically disappeared with the prolonged closure to tourism.
Yet for years they have been one of the most talked about aspects of beach holidays in Kenya: loved and loathed, loyal friends or schemers to be avoided, beautiful real people who have made many love poor Africa or healthy carriers of muscle and seed...and so on.
Almost all with those Italian nicknames that identified them and which we talk about in the editorial on the page, which you can also access from here.
So here is the fifth song in the competition that mimics an eighties hit by the Anglo-Nigerian singer Sade.
Her 'Smooth Operator' in the hands of the Malindsian duo becomes 'Beach Operator'.
As always, we present it by way of a festival: by Sade - Freddie Mercurio - Sbruffon: "Beach Operator". Sung by Zuccherotti.
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