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RIP Joe Mafela: Chicken Licken ad from 1996 trends on YouTube

Beloved South African actor Joe Mafela died this weekend aged 75.

According to sources, Mafela succumbed to injuries sustained by a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning in Johannesburg.

He was a mainstay in South Africa’s film and music scene in the 1990s, with his 1996 track Shebeleza earmarked as the African Cup of Nations theme track — a tournament Bafana Bafana won. And while Mafela was known most recently for his role in soapy Generations, there’s one particular clip you might remember him for.

Currently trending on YouTube is a Chicken Licken advertisement from 1996. Yes, back when a whole chicken cost just R21, and “It’s good, good, good, it’s good it’s nice” was the country’s most favourite jingle.

Joe Mafela was undoubtedly the star of this little advertisement.

The video was posted by YouTuber Michael dos Santos, who seems to have a knack for publishing old SA advertisements. Remarkably, the above video was posted well over a year ago.

Then there’s this gem…

Twitter also paid its respects to Mafela this weekend, as the hashtag #RIPJoeMafela flooded the social network with condolences and memories.

Joe Mafela was probably best known for his recent role in Generations, his hit track Shebeleza and his hilarious Chicken Licken ads

The SA govt led with this tweet.

“We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Mafela Family and May his soul rest in peace,” wrote SA president Jacob Zuma.

A number of South African personalities added their messages, including the EFF.

Joe Mafela is survived by his wife and four children.

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone and game reviews over on Gearburn. More
  • Michael dos Santos

    What an absolute honour to be mentioned in the same post as the late, great Joe Mafela. I’m still very shocked and saddened by his passing. I will never forget those Chicken Licken adverts from an era that holds very special memories for me. The one that I posted on my YouTube channel was captured from an old VHS cassette I came across some time ago. Thank you again for the mention. May Joe rest in peace…

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