Little Keegan Baker has displayed his passion for the Zulu culture as he continuously wears its traditional attire. The 10-year-old whose video has gone viral on Facebook was seen dancing and singing passionately to two Zulu songs for his mother and her friends at their home in Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands earlier this year.
When asked what attracted him to the Zulu culture, the little Baker simply said their “language and way of doing things”
Baker said he had been speaking the language since he was 2 and that he was taught by the family’s domestic worker. She even gave him the name ‘Sandile’ which he barely knew its meaning. “I know it has a meaning but I don’t know the meaning,” he said.
At boarding school during the week, Baker tunes in to his favorite Shaka Zulu series which he continues to watch at home. When the lad was asked why he chose to watch the series, he said it taught him the history of Zulu people.
“It has lots of history and also the language and what they wear and how they do things.”
Little Baker also says he looks forward to becoming a Sangoma when he grows up. “It’s like a Zulu doctor, a Sangoma. I think I was 4 or 5 when I went to my friend’s house and his maid was a Sangoma and she showed me everything there,” he said.
In November 2014, Finlay and her son decided to attend a concert where Johnny Clegg and Ladysmith Black Mambazo were performing at the Durban Botanical Gardens. Keegan was wearing his ‘kit’, as usual.
“This guy came up to me and said ‘can I take a photo of your son? And I said ya, sure. And the guy said I’m so-and-so from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, can I take him to meet the team? Little Baker was afterwards taken up to the stage where he amazed the legends present at the concert with his dance skills.
Baker wears his cultural “kit” with much confidence and passion, he practiced his isiZulu with other Zulu people in his neighborhood, and he told News24 that the Zulu people marvel at how fluently he speaks the language. “They’ve known me speaking it for a long time, so they know how I talk and stuff”.
Speaking on how much her rosy-cheeked blonde boy speaks the Zulu language, Finlay said: “He is the most unbelievable child. I have Zulu people that come up to me, they tell me ‘Listen my grandchildren cannot speak Zulu like your boy can’. The boy was Shaka Zulu or something in his past life,” she said while laughing.