Darkie Fiction on creating a YouTube channel that teaches children isiXhosa

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Darkie Fiction recently launched a YouTube channel that teaches children isiXhosa.
Darkie Fiction recently launched a YouTube channel that teaches children isiXhosa.
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Their unique sound and look earned musical duo, Darkie Fiction ( Yoza Mnyanda and Kuthulakwe-Nkosi ‘Katt’ Siboto), a SAMA nomination for their EP, Endaweni.

Over and above their music careers, their family Instagram page, @KwaDarkie, stole the hearts of many and now they've recently introduced their YouTube channel titled Thetha Time, which will be giving children isiXhosa lessons.

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Speaking to TRUELOVE, Yoza said that the idea of the channel was inspired by the birth of their daughter, Bayethe, who turned 1 in October last year.

“We made a pact when our daughter was born that we would make sure she knew how to read, write and speak isiXhosa. When we tried to look for isiXhosa educational cartoons for her to watch, we could only find one channel on Youtube that last posted 2 years ago. Our daughter was tired of watching the same 4 isiXhosa cartoons and started asking for English ones,” she explained.

“This made us realise that there was a gap and we decided to be the ones to fill it as we knew and could imagine that many parents felt the same as us."

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They felt that it was important for their daughter not to lose her roots in an age where everything has become so westernised.

“We live in such a Westernised world and you can literally feel the core of who we are fading. I don’t want that for my daughter,” she said before adding that she hopes the channel will help parents who feel the same.

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“I just hope it will help parents feel less alone in the quest to keep their children grounded in their culture and make their children excited to speak and learn isiXhosa,” she added.

The channel will be posting content that will be teaching children alphabets, animals, counting, interactive games, and songs - amongst other things. All the content will be tested on baby Bayethe first, but can still be enjoyed by toddlers and older children.

Although the duo is still figuring out the formula of their channel, their plan is to have 10 videos up by the end of August.

“We hope to have it be at a point where we have staff employed, products for sale such as games and alphabet cards. We’d also love to make it an app eventually, but for now we’re just taking it one day at a time,” they said about the growth of their channel.

On advice for parents who want to teach their children how to speak their native languages, the duo says to just “start, make it fun and be consistent.”

Watch the trailer for their channel below:

 

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