It started as a joke but now the hele Kaap is lagging along with Daltjies & Kapparangs.
The cartoon on Facebook has been a hit with mense, looking at the lighter side of Cape Muslims fasting during Ramadaan.
In an ordinary street in Lansdowne, tucked away at the back of his garden, you’ll find Malick Abarder, 47, comedian Yaaseen Barnes, 28, Nathier Adams, 33, and Shafeeqah “The Ninja” Isaacs, 34, hard at work, bringing the puppets to life.
Malick says Daltjies & Kapparangs started on paper: “My first strip was the first day of the fast in 2011…because during Ramadaan you mos don’t eat, so you got more time.”
Since then the characters have had a few makeovers going from black and white, to colour, to puppets in a video, and now larney animation.
“The next step is CGI,” jokes Malick.
Yaaseen says it all “happened so fast, in the fast”.
“When your mother comes to you and says look at this, and it’s what you’ve worked on, then you know you’re onto something,” he says.
Daltjies & Kapparangs has its own Facebook page, and every Tuesday a new video is uploaded.
Last week, the gang poked fun at Cheaters, the reality TV programme where a crew helps mense vang jolling partners.
The team tweaked things, and came up with Eaters, where housewife Tietie wants to know if her hubby Boetie has been eating agter die bak.
Cape slang words like water slamse (weak Muslims) and pang (friend) are used, but the team say they take care not to offend anyone.
Yaaseen says: “We make fun of the people, not the religion, and it’s something we are very careful of.”
Malick adds: “Like with boeber. It’s a just a cultural thing, it’s not part of the (Islamic) religion so we joke about it.”
Nathier says the everyday life and dilemmas of Muslim people are their inspiration.
“We take ideas from everywhere, we get together and then most of it happens within an hour.”
Shafeeqah, the only girl on the team “for now”, says it’s been great being the voice of Tietie.
But she hopes this antie will show her tanne soon.
“I think that right now Tietie is a good girl but she needs more spunk,” she says
The team has big plans for the future, including producing more videos per week.
“Soon we’re going to do a music video,” says Malick, “but I don’t want to give anything away”.
He adds: “It’s a passion project for now, there are no sponsors and the biggest thing we put in is our time.”
But he admits it would be a dream come true if they could graduate to a TV show, especially now that the public broadcaster is looking for more local programming.
“The SABC is doing the local thing now, so who knows,” says Malick.
- SNAAKS: The Daltjies & Kapparangs cartoon