The Kiffness – Ievan Polkka ft. Bilal Göregen goes viral around the world

My song with Bilal Goregen has gone viral with more than 15 million combined views. The obscure Finnish folk song was originally performed by Turk Bilal Goregen and now features a worldwide remix by yours truly.

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When I first saw the video, I thought it was incredibly catchy and I thought it would be a fun song to remix. So I did a short, live looping remix and put it online. The response was great so I DM’d my remix to Bilal on Instagram and asked if he’d be keen to colab. To my surprise, he got back to me right away saying that he liked my rendition. We agreed to a 50/50 split on any revenue the remix would make.

So I got to work. I was in Joburg at the time, so I got my bandmate Raiven Hunter to record the saxophone parts & send it to me from Cape Town. Jane from Veranda Panda also recorded the violin and sent it to me from Durban. I had planned an interview with Peach van Pletzen during my time in Joburg for his upcoming talk show, so we killed two birds with one stone and I went to his studio to record my vocals & trumpet. Peach is also an excellent sound engineer so I roped him into mixing & mastering the song. He nailed it! Lastly, I roped in friends to help with the green screen so that I can appear next to Bilal in the video…and the rest is history”.

The response to the video has been absolutely insance. It has since made The Turkish news, started charting on Italy’s Shazam Top 200 Chart, and has even reached the classrooms of children in China. We’re now beginning to release the single to radio here in South Africa and Im looking forward to see the response from fans” 

This song for me, is a true testament to the human spirit. The fact that we’re seeing chinese children vibing to a Finnish folk tune, performed by a Turkish street drummer, made viral by a vibing cat, remixed by a South African & currently charting in Italy, is truly amazing 🇨🇳 🇫🇮 🇹🇷 🇿🇦 🇮🇹. No matter where we are from, I truly believe that we have way more in common than what divides us. 

My wish for 2021 is to give more energy to the things that bring us together.


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